The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Coveted vintages make ‘Hot Red’ a must-do for wine lovers

NZLN-Hot Red Hawkes BayThey are the vintages that connoisseurs rave about and now wine lovers will be able to taste many of them and meet their makers, at this year’s Hot Red Hawke’s Bay wine shows.

The cellar doors of more than 35 of the region’s finest wineries come together for this popular event in Auckland and Wellington, with more than 270 wines to sample – including the legendary 2013 and 2014 vintages.

For the first time in the 12-year history, Hot Red Hawke’s Bay is offering exclusive Wine Master Classes led by four Hawke’s Bay experts. Winemakers Hugh Crichton from Vidal Estate and Tony Bish from Sacred Hill Winery will host the Wellington Wine Master Class. Tim Turvey the co-owner and winemaker from Clearview Estate Winery and John Hancock, the founder and owner of Trinity Hill, will run the Auckland Master Class.

“We are thrilled to have the pedigree of these presenters at our first-ever Wine Master Class. These four hosts are some of the New Zealand’s most-respected, award-winning and internationally-experienced winemakers,” James Medina, Hawke’s Bay Wine Growers Association Executive Officer, says.

“Together they have more than 100 years’ combined experience. Couple this knowledge with their charismatic personalities and passion for Hawke’s Bay wine and we are sure these classes will sell out fast.”

The 30-minute sessions will focus on the region’s elegant Chardonnays. Wine Master Classes are an additional $10 per person on the free trade ticket to Hot Red Hawke’s Bay. To book tickets, go to and use the trade promotional code ‘hotredtrade’.

  • Hot Red Hawke’s Bay in Auckland, Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

Time: 1pm – 4pm (Wine Master Class 1.15pm – 1.45pm)

Maritime Room, Maritime Museum, 175 Quay Street.

  • Hot Red Hawke’s Bay in Wellington, Thursday, 11 June, 2015

Time: 1pm – 4pm (Wine Master Class 1.15pm – 1.45pm)

Mac’s Function Centre, Taranaki St Wharf.


Wineries attending Red Hot Hawke’s Bay

Alpha Domus

Ant Mackenzie Wines

Ash Ridge Wines

Babich Wines

Beach House Wines (Wellington only)

Black Barn Vineyard

Church Road Winery

Clearview Estate Winery

Coopers Creek

Craggy Range

Crossroads Wines

Cypress Wines

Easthope Winegrowers

Elephant Hill

Esk Valley

Lime Rock Wines

Mills Reef

Mission Estate Winery

Ngatarawa Wines

Osawa Wines (Auckland only)

Paritua Vineyard

Pask Winery

Rod McDonald Wines

Sacred Hill

Sileni Estates

Squawking Magpie

Stonecroft (Wellington only)

Te Awa Collection

Te Mata Estate

Tironui Wines (Auckland only)

Trinity Hill

Unison Vineyard


Villa Maria

About Hawke’s Bay

  • Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s longest-established wine-producing region
  • One of the sunniest areas in New Zealand, the climate in Hawke’s Bay is similar to Bordeaux
  • The majority of the Hawke’s Bay’s wineries are family-owned, providing a true artisan experience
  • Of the 266 vineyards within the region, 96.2% are Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand accredited

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