Harvest Celebrations, WSET training, Sunday LIVE sessions, gourmet dinners, local events and more

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Sun 22nd May 2022

WSET Level 1 - One day wine course

Sunday 22nd May 2022
9:30am - 5:30pm
$320

Join us for the WSET ‘no experience necessary’, one-day wine school. Renowned wine educator Michael Darby as he transports you around the world to learn about and taste wines from some of the globe's finest wine regions. You'll cover the fundamentals of wine production, wine tasting, classic wine styles and food matching. Lunch at Kinross is provided in the course.

This is the ideal introduction for those wanting an easy introduction to wine, without all the extra study. It will benefit those that work in cellar doors, restaurants, the hospitality industry or for those just interested in learning more about the wine they drink. It will help you gain a real understanding about how to taste and savour wine - and introduce you to some exquisite wines you may not have tried before. Beware though - its an addictive course that will potentially lead you to WSET Level 2!

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Mon 23rd -  Weds 25th May 2022

WSET Level 2 - Three day wine course

Mon 23rd - Weds 25th May 2022
9:30am - 5:00pm
$995

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is intended for people who keen to take a deeper dive into the world of wine. It is suitable wherever a good level of wine knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in the customer service and sales functions of hospitality, retailing and wholesaling industries. It is also useful for those who have a passion for wine and wish to deepen their knowledge and ability to analyse and discuss wine with others.

Successful candidates will be able to describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties, interpret wine labels from the main wine- producing regions of the world and give basic guidance on appropriate selection and service, as well as understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation. As well as all this, its a wonderful chance to fully immerse yourself into an area of study for three days, something which many of us don't get a chance to do in normal life! If wine is a passion of yours, you'll absolutely love three days spent at our winery, being transported around the globe tasting around 40 wines. 

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Fri 17 June 2022

Gibbston Vintage Wine Tasting

The first event of our 2022 Kinross Harvest Celebration - an annual event in Gibbston, Queenstown that celebrates the close of the wine industry's busiest time of year - the grape harvest. This festival brings together a range of events to celebrate the magic of the world of wine and the fine humans who spend their lives crafting and creating liquid gold.

Gibbston Vintage Wine Tasting
Hosted by Gibbston's founding winemaker and grower, Alan Brady and special guests
Fri 17th June, 5pm doors open, 5:30pm start
Willow Room, Kinross Winery

Gibbston as a wine region punches well above its weight on the global scale, with wines grown within 5kms of each other taking out the International Wine Challenge NZ Best Red Wine Trophy for the last two years. Join us as we sample some iconic wines from the length of the valley and learn about how the interconnectedness of the wine growers and makers have collectively built the 40 year legacy. We’ll be joined by winemakers and locals who have added their own mark and together enjoy some beautiful wines both aged and current vintage, which we feel are true representations of site.

Ticket Option 1: $50+$69 = $110pp
Includes: 1.5 hour Tasting and discussion session tasting 6 vintage Gibbston wines, followed by Two course a la carte dinner with wine matches

Ticket Option 2: $50 – Tasting only

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Sat 18 June 2022

Classic Burgundy Wine Tasting

Classic Burgundy Wine Tasting
Hosted by Kinross GM of Wine, Thomas Moschetta and guests
Sat 18th June, 5pm doors open, 5:30pm start
Willow Room, Kinross Winery

It’s no secret that we have some impressively qualified wine advisors in our team, with diverse backgrounds that add cultural diversity but also incredible international knowledge and experience that we love. Our GM of Wine Thomas Moschetta is a great example of this, and what better topic for him to present then wines of his homeland. This tasting will be all about sampling some of Burgundy’s most classic wines, from Côte de Nuits, Chablis, and Måcon. You’ll learn about what makes them unique, and why Burgundy should be on your travel list this year.

Ticket Option 1: Wine Tasting - $50
Ticket Option 2: Wine Tasting + Two Course wine matched dinner to follow - $119Includes: 1.5 hour Tasting and discussion session tasting 6 classic Burgundian wines, followed by Two course a la carte dinner with wine matches.

As with all our Harvest Celebration events, accommodation is available on site at our cosy vineyard cottages - please let us know if you would like to stay and enjoy the full Kinross experience.

Wine Club member discounts do not apply to tasting or dinner ticket prices as this is a special event, but do apply for all other accommodation, food, wine purchased over this time.

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Sun 19 June 2022

Hawkshead Wines Vineyard Tour

Hosted by Winemaker Dean Shaw & owners Denis Marshall & Ulrike Kurenbach
Sunday 19 June, 2pm meet at Kinross Winery, 1km walk to Hawkshead vineyard.

Enjoy a chance to connect your favourite wine to its point of origin with this exclusive private vineyard tour, situated on a stunning terrace tucked away above Kinross in Gibbston. You’ll get a chance to walk amongst the vines, learn about the organic viticultural techniques used to create their stunning wine. You’ll hear the story of how the brand Hawkshead came about, and its deep connection with wildlife and conservation in New Zealand. You’ll also get to know better its impressive owners, ex-Minister of Conservation Denis Marshall and sommelier and incredible baker Ulrike Kurenbach, who will host a generous afternoon tea and tasting in their home. 

A fascinating afternoon for all those interested in the ‘farming’ side of our industry and keen conservationists.

Tickets: $50 per person

As with all our Harvest Celebration events, accommodation is available on site at our cosy vineyard cottages - please let us know if you would like to stay and enjoy the full Kinross experience.

Wine Club member discounts do not apply to tasting or dinner ticket prices as this is a special event, but do apply for all other accommodation, food, wine purchased over this time.

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Tues 21 June 2022

Coal Pit High Country Heli Wine Tasting

Hosted by Louisa ‘Choppy’ Patterson, Coal Pit owner Rosie Dunphy and winemaker Anika Willner, Kinross GM of Wine, Thomas Moschetta
Tuesday 21st June 2022, 11:30am meet at Over The Top Headquarters, Frankton

Includes: Helicopter tour to private high country barn, wine tasting and lunch
Allow 4 hours

Experience an unforgettable day hosted by legendary local pilot Louisa ‘Choppy’ Patterson as she takes you deep into the Queenstown high country to experience Over The Top’s stunning private alpine retreat. Here you’ll land in a stunning high country valley, surrounded by mountains and enjoy a gourmet lunch and private tasting experience of some of Coal Pit’s most iconic wines, with owner Rosie Dunphy and winemaker Anika Willner. A VIP experience for Coal Pit fans, who are keen to fully immerse themselves in the magic of Central Otago’s high country.

Tickets: $599

Accommodation is available at our cosy vineyard cottages - please let us know if you would like to stay and enjoy the full Kinross experience.

Wine Club member discounts do not apply to tasting or dinner ticket prices as this is a special event, but do apply for all other accommodation, food, wine purchased over this time.

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Fri 24 June 2022

Celebrating the Waitaki - 5 Course Degustation - Valli Wines

Friday 24th June
Five courses of cuisine from the Waitaki region, matched with aged Valli Waitaki wines
6pm doors open, 6:30pm start
Willow Room, Kinross Winery

Those close to Grant Taylor will know how avidly he discusses the importance of the Waitaki region to the wine industry – his pick as our next big wine region. It's parallels to Burgundy and the quality of the vintages to date certainly attest to his theory. 

Although we are Gibbston through and through, we thought it time we took a culinary road trip of sorts, to explore all the fine produce and wine this region offers. Head Chef Peter Franklin and his team are excited to present to you a sumptuous five course dinner that celebrates this beautiful region spanning from mountains to the sea. Each course will be accompanied by some stunning aged Valli wine from the Waitaki. One not to miss.

Tickets: $189 per person

Accommodation is available onsite at our cosy vineyard cottages - please let us know if you would like to stay and enjoy the full Kinross experience.

Wine Club member discounts do not apply to tasting or dinner ticket prices as this is a special event but do apply for all other accommodation, food, wine purchased over this time.

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Sat 25 June 2022

Wildcard Wines from the Deep South - with Yvonne Lorkin

Hosted by Yvonne Lorkin
Sat 25th June, 5pm doors open, 5:30pm start
Willow Room, Kinross Winery

Join WineFriend co-founder, Dish Magazine Drinks Editor and NZ Herald wine writer, Yvonne Lorkin, as she leads us on an ultra-tasty, tiki-tour of exciting, unexpected varieties from our local heroes. She’ll highlight hidden gems that’ll blow Central Otago's one-trick Pinot myth out of the water. Think Gamay, St Laurent, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc and a smorgasbord of other award-winning styles that’ll uncover the incredible diversity of our region. Want to broaden your wine horizons? Here’s how to do it!

Ticket Option 1: Wine Tasting - $50
Ticket Option 2: Wine Tasting + Two Course wine matched dinner to follow - $119Includes: 1.5 hour Tasting and discussion session tasting 6 wines, followed by Two course a la carte dinner with wine matches.

As with all our Harvest Celebration events, accommodation packages are available on site in our cosy vineyard cottages - please let us know if you would like to stay and enjoy the full Kinross experience.

Wine Club member discounts do not apply to tasting or dinner ticket prices as this is a special event, but do apply for all other accommodation, food, wine purchased over this time.

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Sun 26 June 2022

Explore South American Wine Tasting

Hosted by Gerald Leon and Ivonne Cisneros Castenada
Sunday 26th June, 3:30pm doors open, 4:00pm start (Afternoon session)
Willow Room, Kinross Winery

Within our wine team sits a literal world of knowledge, so it was obvious we should tap into the wealth of experience here and lead some international tastings to reignite your travel bug! Native Chilean (and Senior Wine Advisor and WSET 3) Gerald Leon and Mexican Ivonne Cisneros (Senior Wine Advisor and WSET 2) will lead this virtual tour through the incredible rich wines of Argentina and Chile – how they differ, how they are affected by the incredible climatic and geographic features of their provinces, and our picks on where you should go first. 

Expect beautiful images of arid deserts, high mountains, stories of hailstones the size of baseballs and wine that will knock your socks off.

Please note that this is earlier in the afternoon session than our other tasting events.
Ticket Option 1: Wine Tasting - $50
Ticket Option 2: Wine Tasting + Two Course wine matched dinner to follow - $119Includes: 1.5 hour Tasting and discussion session tasting 6 wines, followed by Two course a la carte dinner with wine matches.

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Every Sunday from 23rd October 2022

3 - 5 pm

Sunday Live

Our popular Sunday music sessions are underway for Summer, 3-5pm every Sunday, in our chilled Wine Garden.  

There are awesome live performances from local musicians, such as Neil Chilton, Chad Robinson, Brett Walker, ImaginaryFrenz, Whiskey Pilots and more.

Come along, there is plenty of space to bring the kids, sit in the shade of the Wine Garden and enjoy a cold glass of rosè in the Central Otago sunshine! Pizza and platter options available, as well as our full lunch and dinner menus, or you could tie it in with a wine tasting of our stunning five wine partner wines. We hope you can join us.

Join us for an awesome Sunday afternoon of easy listening