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The event programme has been designed to demonstrate the complexity of Sauvignon Blanc, emerging styles, vineyard practices and winemaking influences and its future. There will be opportunities for guests to sample over 200 different examples of Sauvignon Blanc from across the globe, to learn from experts in the field of science, research, journalism and gastronomy while experiencing some stunning locations in Marlborough, New Zealand.


Day one’s sessions draw on the theme of Tūrangawaewae (our place in the world). An international tasting led by Emma Jenkins MW will feature fine wines, each with their style defined by geographical features; mountains, river and coastal. 

The opening evening will be located in the Awatere Valley’s own secluded sanctuary, Paripuma Gardens. Guests will savour the view of the untouched beauty of the Pacific Coast while enjoying a lavish selection of New Zealand wine and food.


Day two will explore topics such as climate, sustainability and flavour with field experts Dr Roger Bolton and Steve Smith MW, among others, followed by a classical Sauvignon Blanc tasting. 

The gala event ‘Blanc’, a dinner-en-blanc theme, will be held at Brancott vineyard on the second evening of the 2019 celebration. With celebrity chef Martin Bosley as culinary director, this gourmet extravaganza paired with older vintages from the cellars of our wineries, ‘Blanc’ is an evening sure to exceed expectations.


Day three explores what we should pursue domestically and globally, outlining future challenges and opportunities highlighted by Industry icons Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, Paul Mabray and more. With the theme of ‘Pursuit’, guests will taste seven alternative styles of Sauvignon Blanc in various locations around Marlborough. 

To complete the celebration, guests will discover New Zealand’s 'wild' side at the Marisco River Hut. A rustic setting where guests can indulge in gourmet wild game-infused cuisine, complete with live entertainment and breath-taking natural scenery.



View the programme below or download the PDF here.

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