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Grape Expectations – The road to producing world-class wine
We have two great presentations coming up in August and September that take us on a journey through our region’s wine-making past. From the early pioneers of the nineteenth century to the trail blazers of the 1970s who established our region as a world-class wine destination. Book now at heritagecentralotago.org.nz /events
PART ONE – The French connection- Entry is Koha/ Donation
French immigrant, Jean Desire Féraud goes down in history as being one of first pioneers to develop viticulture in the region in 1864, along with his neighbours, and fellow Frenchmen, the Bladier brothers. Renowned author on the subject, Ric Oram shares his extensive research on our region’s foray into winemaking and developments into the 1970s.
Wednesday 23 August, 6:30pm Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Alexandra Entry by koha
PART TWO – Taking our wine to the world- $10.00 includes a glass of wine
The 1970s marked renewed interest in New Zealand viticulture with a few visionaries disregarding advice that Central Otago and the Gibbston valley were too cold, too high and too far south to prosper. Alan Brady and Rudi Bauer talk about getting our region’s vineyards and wines onto the world stage.
Tuesday 26 September, 6:30pm Bannockburn Hall $10 entry includes a complimentary glass of wine from Quartz Reef or The Wild Irishman. (Please bring cash to pay on the night)
Alan Brady was one of the early pioneers to plant grapes in the Gibbston valley in the 1980s. That experimental plot produced Central Otago’s first commercial vintage in 1987. He was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame in 2013. After 40 years at Gibbston, Alan moved to Clyde where he now produces wine under his Wild Irishman label.
Austrian-born Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef has been a stalwart of the Central Otago wine industry from its early days. He came here in 1989 to work at Rippon Vineyard. He went on to plant his pioneer, biodynamic vineyard at historic Bendigo in 1998. Rudi is a two-time recipient of the New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Award.
BOOK NOW- Book on line at https://www.heritagecentralotago.org.nz/event/grape-expectations-part-one-the-french-connection
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