Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas has been announced as a special guest at Wānaka’s newest wine and food festival.

Douglas will host a presentation at the inaugural Ripe festival, which takes place at Corbridge Estate on March 21 next year.

“It’s an absolute coup to be able to have Cameron join us at Wānaka’s first wine and food festival,” says Ripe director Nathan White, of Otago Event Planning.

“Cameron will be engaging the audience with a fun but educational session on wine tasting before joining the guests tasting a selection of wines he has curated from the festival vendors.”

Festival-goers will be able to sample and enjoy wines from some of the best vineyards in the region including Cloudy Bay, Quartz Reef, Nanny Goat, Burn Cottage, Valli, Domaine Thomson, Black Peak, Aitkens Folly, Mount Michael, Aurum, Coal Pit and Paddons Paddock as well as enjoying beers from the Wānaka brewer Rhyme & Reason, plus spirits from Rifters and Cardrona Distillery.

White says an event that celebrates the taste of Central Otago has long been wanted for the area and he’s delighted with the support of the producers and the reaction of the public.

“Setting up Ripe was always about celebrating the passion and energy we have in the unique Central Otago region for the best wine and food.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase so many wonderful producers, their connection to the land, their knowledge and passion for the product. To have such a surge of interest from the public so quickly is exciting – we are going to put on an amazing event.”

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