The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

New wine festival for Hawke’s Bay

The Hawke’s Bay has a new wine festival with the inaugural Te Awanga Wine Festival set to take place on February 3, 2024.

The event will take place along the Te Awanga Wine Strip and will spotlight the diverse offerings of Hawke’s Bay’s premier wineries.

Three prominent wineries — Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate, and Te Awanga Estate — alongside four local wineries — Topsy Turvey, Helio Wines, Organised Chaos, and Swift Wines — will headline the festival.

Complementing the vintners, three exclusive guest bars — Supernova Pop-up Cocktail Bar, The National Distillery, and Brave Brewing — will take part.

“We’ve crafted a jam-packed schedule within the festival to elevate it above standard wine gatherings like Toast Martinborough, offering attendees a truly unique experience,” says Alice McKinley, owner of Kin, and the organiser of the event.

She says the event’s mission is to share the craft and excellence of winemaking, particularly spotlighting the distinctive coastal wines of Te Awanga, known for their fresh, crisp, fruity, and citrus-infused notes that perfectly complement the summer season.

“Where else in New Zealand can you find such a concentration of award-winning wineries in such close proximity? This event has been a long time coming, and it’s an absolute pleasure to make it a reality,” she says.

For tickets to the Te Awanga Wine Festival, click here.

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