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Veuve Clicquot celebrates 200 year anniversary of Rose Champagne

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Veuve Clicquot celebrates 200th anniversary of world’s first blended Rosé Champagne at the Land Rover NZ Polo Open

This year marks 200 years since Madame Clicquot created the world’s first blended Rosé Champagne and to celebrate, Veuve Clicquot is keeping her spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship alive by teaming up with innovative modern-day women at this year’s Land Rover NZ Polo Open.

Madame Clicquot was responsible for a number of innovations and improvements in the creation of Champagne as we know it today, injecting her unique creativity and business acumen to build Veuve Clicquot into one of the leading Champagne houses.

In their seventh year of sponsorship of the NZ Polo Open, Veuve Clicquot is introducing their ‘Colourama’ Marquee which will debut a colourful fusion of art, interactive elements, food and of course champagne, all brought to life by creative Kiwi women. The Colourama theme is a fitting choice to mark the anniversary, as colour was a passion of Madame Clicquot, who is well known for saying "our wines must be flattering on both the palate and on the eye".

The three innovative women include Karla Goodwin of Bluebells Cakery, Yon Kavvas of Claybird Ceramics and abstract acrylic artist Jen Sievers. The innovative partners will be showcasing their creativity at the colourful celebration to make it the ultimate place to enjoy this year’s Polo.

In celebration, artist Jen Sievers is designing a bespoke Perspex artwork for the 200th anniversary inspired by Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. The piece will be on display inside the Colourama Marquee alongside a life size polo horse statue painted by Jen. Following a successful year of hosting her first solo exhibition show, she’s excited to be creating something inspired by someone as renowned as Madame Clicquot as Jen often features strong women in her art. She is also constantly innovating, and finding new ways to express her creativity - not just through art, but writing, photography and fabric design.

Another innovative woman bringing to life the Colourama marquee is clay artisan, Yon Kavvas. Yon is creating a bespoke pottery series inspired by the colours and bold nature of Veuve Clicquot. With a background in archaeology and having taken part on digs in Turkey, Yon has always had an intrinsic love and interest in mud and pottery. Using a process that requires patience and perseverance Yon is well known for producing pieces that are a perfect example of flourishing NZ art and creativity.

"Every year the Veuve Clicquot Polo marquee embraces a theme and this year it’s all about colour and creativity. Artists blend colours as we blend wines, so we’re excited to introduce this completely new and quirky marquee design brought to life by these innovative women in the spirit of Madame Clicquot," says Ali Campbell, Senior Brand Manager of Moet Hennessey New Zealand.

Guests in the Veuve Clicquot Colourama Marquee will also be treated to a larger than life 200th birthday cake created by innovative baker, Karla Goodwin of Bluebells Cakery.

"I’m really excited to be creating a special cake for Veuve Clicquot Rose’s 200th birthday. My inspiration for the cake creation is a blend of Madame Clicquot’s audacious spirit and the vibrant colors that Veuve Clicquot Rosé is known for. To me each cake I create is a canvas and bakers are artists with their palette knives and piping bags with pastel buttercreams," Karla says.

Karla launched Bluebells from humble beginnings in her parent’s kitchen in 2012 after learning her trade at Primrose Bakery in London, Karla now has three established Bluebells Cakery cafés around Auckland.

Dubbed as one of the most glamourous and stylish ‘yellow carpet’ events of the summer season, New Zealand celebrities and guests will enjoy exceptional views of the best local and international Polo Players, live music, and interactive touchpoints from the Veuve Clicquot marquee at the beautiful Clevedon Polo Grounds.

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