Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Marlborough Wine & Food Festival Video Released

February 4, 2014

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival Video Released

• 30th Anniversary this weekend
• Pioneers remember how it all began

Thirty years ago, there were just four wineries in Marlborough. Now in 2014, there are dozens, with even more labels originating from the region.

As Marlborough’s Wine and Food Festival prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Zealand’s largest wine event, some of the pioneers of those early festivals remember back in a video clip.

Members of the early committees that helped form the now iconic festival include, Brancott Estate’s Gerry Gregg, Marlborough Express’s Bill Floyd, Air New Zealand’s Mike Blair, original chairman Malcolm Aitken, winegrower Allan Scott, winery owner Jane Hunter and committee secretary Karen Ryan.

In a four and a half minute clip, the pioneers remember back to 1985, when Blenheim was known more for sunshine than wine.

While Ernie Hunter, the founder of Hunter’s Wines had often mooted a wine festival, it took another major event in the township of Blenheim, to initiate the inaugural day. It was the opening of the Marlborough Centre, a community funded theatre, in 1985 that provided the impetus for the grape growers of the region.

With so many people in the township for the opening, the growers were determined to show just what was happening out in the country, in terms of wine growing.

Montana, Te Whare Ra, Daniel Le Brun and Hunter’s all had wineries, while Corbans had contract growers and were preparing to establish a winery within the province. With the help of buses, hundreds of people were delivered to each of the wineries, to partake in festivities and of course the wine. The day was deemed a massive success.

Twelve months later, the second festival followed much the same format, with hundreds more turning up.

By 1987, the original committee members realised there was a need for a one-site event, to handle the growing popularity of the festival. Historic Brancott Vineyard, the first to be planted in 1973, has been the home of the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival ever since.

While the day’s format has changed over the years, the motivation for the festival hasn’t. It was established to promote the wine and food that emanates from Marlborough and to cement the region’s name as a world-class producer.

The vision created by the festival pioneers back in 1985 has been well and truly achieved. Marlborough is now rated as one of the world’s great wine regions, producing renowned Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and sparkling wines.

Wine Marlborough General Manager, Marcus Pickens comments;
“With this important milestone looming, everyone involved in planning this year’s festival believed that it was the right time to capture some of these Festival Pioneers thoughts and motivations for staging something that became a permanent feature. We are all so grateful to what they have achieved with it”.

The festival itself has been rated by the Automobile Association as one of the “100 Must Do Things in New Zealand”. It has also become an international success with visitors from throughout the world including it in a visit to New Zealand.

The 30th Anniversary Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is this weekend, at Brancott Vineyard. Tickets are available at www.ticketek.co.nz. Download the video on either Youtube (http://youtu.be/FdPEp7VhPHk) or Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/85640996) or for public viewing visit the Millennium Art Gallery.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media: Fairfax Moves To Create Modern Newsroom

Fairfax Media New Zealand continues its newsroom transformation this week, with a proposal to further organise its editorial operations into focused, local teams and specialist national topic areas. More>>

ALSO:

Dairy: Fonterra Forecast For 2015/16 Season

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has today reduced its forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2014/15 season to $4.40 per kgMS. Along with its previously announced forecast dividend range of 20-30 cents per share, the change amounts to a forecast ... More>>

ALSO:

BusinessDesk: SkyCity Lifts Minimum Convention Centre Investment To $430M

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino operator, has lifted the minimum it will invest in the Auckland International Convention Centre to $430 million and said total costs including land may be $450 million to $470 million. More>>

Statistics: Drop In Dairy Prices Leads Fall In Exports

Total goods exports fell $240 million (5.5 percent) to $4.2 billion in April 2015 compared with April 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. More>>

BusinessDesk: APN's NZME Sees Future In Paywalls, Growth In Digital Sales

APN News & Media has touted a single newsroom concept for its NZME unit in New Zealand, similar to what Germany's Die Welt uses, saying an 'integrated sales proposition' is helping it win market share, including ... More>>

Labour Party: Global Milk Prices Now Lowest In 6 Years

The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices ... More>>


BusinessDesk: NZ Inflation Expectations Creep Higher In June Survey

May 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand businesses lifted their expectations for inflation over the next two years, sapping any immediate pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, and prompting the kiwi dollar to jump higher. More>>

BusinessDesk: Lower Fuel Costs Drive Down NZ Producer Input, Output Prices

May 19 - Producer input and output prices fell in the first quarter, mainly reflecting lower fuel costs and weakness in prices of meat and dairy products. More>>

Media: Fairfax Media NZ Announces Senior Editorial Team

Fairfax Media New Zealand has today confirmed its new editorial leadership team, as part of a transformation of its newsrooms aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print. More>>

Science: Flavonoids Reduce Cold And Cough Risk

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs. The research, ... More>>

BusinessDesk: RBNZ House Alert Speech The Catalyst For Government Action

Prime Minister John Key all but conceded that pressure from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for concerted action on rampant Auckland house prices was one of the main catalysts for the government's weekend announcements about tightly ... More>>

BusinessDesk: How To Fall Foul Of The New Housing Tax Rules: Tips From IRD

Just because you rented out your investment property doesn't absolve you from paying tax, says the Inland Revenue Department in a summary of commonly made mistakes by non-professional property investors when it comes to their tax liability.More>>

Legal: Superdiversity Law, Policy And Business Stocktake Announced

Mai Chen, Managing Partner at Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, today announced the establishment ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news