Record turn out at Pinot Noir celebrations
30th January, 2014 by Rupert Millar
The 10th annual celebration of Pinot Noir in Central Otago has reported record ticket sales ahead of the event as well as a visit from famed Burgundian winemaker Aubert de Villaine.
Grapes ripen in Central Otago
The three-day event in Queenstown begins today (30 January) and features 40 of the region’s winemakers pouring wines for over 200 international winemakers and wine writers.
Chairwoman of the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration and winemaker at Terra Sancta, Jen Parr, told The Mirror (NZ) that the event sold out faster than at any other time in its history.
The visit from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s de Villaine has only added to the event’s growing reputation.
De Villaine is among a delegation from Burgundy who are promoting its credentials to become a UNESCO world heritage site but it is said he has also long harboured an ambition to visit New Zealand’s leading Pinot producing region.
Parr described his interest in visiting Central Otago as “incredible”.