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Final wine line up announced for WINETOPIA

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The final line-up is complete and Auckland wine lovers can rest assured that WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines, 20-21 May at Shed 10, will deliver on its promise as being ‘the Greatest Celebration of New Zealand wine!’

Bursting with wines from every region and a huge range of the delicious varietals grown therein, WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines gives visitors the opportunity to literally taste their way around the country in a single session.

From the Northern sunshine of Matakana, to the sunfilled bays of Waiheke, through Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Martinborough, or across the Straight to Marlborough, Waipara and the Gibbston Valley, WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines brings you a taste of everything that makes New Zealand wines great - including reds, whites and the flourishing universe of everything in between.

To help your wine discovery, WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines is packed with ways to learn about your favourite drop, with Masterclasses by acclaimed critics, including our own Bob Campbell (MW) and Australian sommelier Nick Stock. Tantalising topics include Bob Campbell’s ‘Pinot Showdown: a Battle of the Regions’, or Nick Stock’s Friday session, ‘Jumping the Shark: In search of Zealand’s Great Whites.’

Sommelier-led tasting classes are another feature, led by such sparkling local talents Martina Lutz (Wine Chambers), Nicola Richards (Monsoon Poon Restaurant), Meg Abbott-Walker (MASU), Amanda Richards (Bracu/Allechante) and Ganesh Raj (The Tasting Shed).

Or, for a fun and interesting way to learn about wine, join one of the ‘Share a Glass’ sessions, where comedian Bendhan Lovegrove chats with some great Kiwi celebs (over a glass of award winning wine of course) about their journeys with wine and personal anecdotes. The lineup includes musician P Digsss from Shapeshifter, media personality Russell Brown, media bunker controller Verity Johnson, Mr Entertainment himself Shane Cortese and Singapore Airlines traveller Colin Mathura-Jeffree.

To get those toes tapping while you enjoy your tastes, Hopetoun Brown, best known as the horn section of local funk juggernaut Supergroove, will help close each session with a bang - bring your dancing shoes and swing to Tim's big soulful voice coupled with the deep tones of Nick's bass clarinet.

As any great sommelier will tell you, beautiful wine is made to be enjoyed with beautiful food, so WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines is proud to present a selection of food matches - a true experience of being ‘wined and dined’.

Ambassador Nick Stock will also be holding a very special tasting, matching sumptuous Vietnamese food with beautiful New Zealand wines. Taking place every single session (first in, first served), this tasting will include delicious Vietnamese fare prepared by District 5 and Café Viet. Not only will you indulge in the flavour and mystique of Vietnam, one of Singapore Airlines' favourite destinations, but one lucky Winetopia visitor will win two return Economy Class tickets to Vietnam!

And when the tasting is done, find limited editions and special selections of wines to purchase and take home for the cellar, or the next social occasion.

The Full List of Wineries Includes:

Alana Estate, Alpha Domus, Ascension, Astrolabe, Bald Hills, Clark Estate, Clearview, Craggy Range, Crown Range Cellar, Elephant Hill, Framingham, Giesen, Goldie Wines, Greywacke, Hawkesbridge, Heron's Flight, Joiy, Lawsons Dry Hills, Left Field, Man O' War, Matua, Millton, Mount Michael, Mount Riley, Mt Rosa, Nautilus, Ngatarawa, O:Tu, Peacock Sky, Poderi Crisci, Squealing Pig, Summerhouse, Te Kairanga, Torless Wines, Trinity Hill, Villa Maria, Whitehaven and Wild On Waiheke.

For full details on schedules, features and Masterclasses, see:

Everybody who attends Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines has the chance to win flights to Vietnam thanks to Singapore Airlines.

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