After the success of the inaugural New Zealand Wine Week event in 2021, New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) will be kicking off the second New Zealand Wine Week on 8 February 2022 (NZT).
Themed ‘Bringing New Zealand to You’, activities for the event are planned across the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, China, and Australia. There is a wide-ranging programme including tastings, discussions, and online activities, and as our markets begin to open after the pandemic restrictions, NZW is excited to introduce physical events to the week in 2022.
“Being able to run hybrid events, with a combination of virtual and physical in-market platforms, is an impactful way to share the New Zealand wine story in our key export markets and shine a light on our premium and diverse wines to our trade and media audiences,” says Charlotte Read, General Manager Marketing, New Zealand Winegrowers.
“The theme of the week, ‘Bringing New Zealand to You’, comes at a time when the impact of the pandemic is ongoing and New Zealand’s borders remain closed. The advantage of audiences being so accustomed to the virtual domain is that we can now easily host leading speakers in their fields, wherever they are in the world. Having these types of speakers joining both virtual and physical gatherings will continue to raise the profile of New Zealand wine and keep it a part of the global conversation.”
One of the weeks hero webinar events, Business of Wine in New Zealand – 2022 and Beyond, will involve panellists from the UK, USA and New Zealand, and will provide a global perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing the New Zealand wine industry in the future.
The New Zealand Wine Week 2022 programme will include:
- ‘Business of Wine in NZ – 2022 and Beyond’ – chaired by Richard Siddle, this business webinar will discuss the current market challenges and how New Zealand is impacted by these. Richard will be joined by panellists Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank, Erica Crawford of Loveblock Wines, and Matt Deller MW of Villa Maria.
- ‘Pinot Noir Masterclass Webinar’ – a masterclass led by Cameron Douglas MS that will focus on the sub-regionality across New Zealand’s major Pinot Noir growing regions.Physical Events
- New Zealand Wine Week – Pure Discovery Tasting, New York – held at The Modern in New York City, take a tasting tour of New Zealand and taste over 50 premium New Zealand wines, including some never-before seen in the USA.
- New Zealand Wine Week – Pure Discovery Tasting, Toronto– an opportunity to taste some wines never-before seen in Canada, held at Peter Pan Bistro in Toronto. Over 80 premium New Zealand wines will be available to try at this walk-around tasting.
- London Annual Trade Tasting – the London Annual Trade Tasting is back after a year’s hiatus, with over 40 exhibitors showing more than 300 New Zealand wines.
- Dublin Annual Trade Tasting – 14 exhibitors showing over 100 New Zealand wines.In the lead up to the event, NZW has launched a New Zealand wine Trade Hub on nzwine.com, that will provide wine trade with a wealth of New Zealand wine resources. The hub will feature a Global
Wine Catalogue highlighting where New Zealand wineries are currently distributed and who is seeking distribution, educational materials on New Zealand wines and wine regions, New Zealand wine conversation highlights, as well as image and video galleries.
“A core part of our role is to help facilitate stronger links between our members and the global wine trade. We are proud of our resources that help tell the New Zealand wine story of our premium, diverse and sustainable wines, and have launched a Trade Hub to make our wines easier for our trade partners to find,” says Charlotte.
The New Zealand Wine Trade Hub can be viewed here, and you can view details about how you can participate in New Zealand Wine Week here.
New Zealand wine is exported to more than 100 countries and is New Zealand’s sixth largest export good.
New Zealand Wine Week speakers:
- Richard Siddle is an award-winning business journalist and former editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit. Richard now runs his own website – The-Buyer.net – a platform that share insights, trends and analysis of the premium on-trade and specialist retail sectors and connects producers with the industry’s key drinks buyers.
- David Downs is a business leader, public servant, consultant, board director, speaker – and genetically modified organism. David is currently the CEO of the New Zealand Story Group – an organisation who helps New Zealand to tell our story to the world, building the brand of Aotearoa on the global stage.
- Rob McMillan is one of the top wine-business analysts in the United States and the author of Silicon Valley Bank’s highly regarded annual State of the Wine Industry Report. With decades of experience researching the wine business, his views are sought after and trusted by winery owners, journalists, entrepreneurs, and investors.
- Matt Deller MW is the Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer at Villa Maria Estate Ltd. Matt is one of just 418 Masters of Wine in the world, has judged international wine competitions, is an expert panellist at several international wine events, and writes for various wine publications.
- Erica Crawford is the founder and driving force behind Loveblock Wine. Originally from South Africa, Erica is an industry legend as founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands with her husband – Kim Crawford. Loveblock Wines, with its focus on organics, heralds Erica and Kim’s return to the vineyards of Marlborough.