International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration 2016

Over 300 guests descended upon Marlborough from 1-3 February to take part in the first ever International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. Delegates from 18 countries heard from some of the world’s most renowned wine writers and educators, and had the opportunity to taste over 400 wines.

Guests explored the regional characteristics expressed in Sauvignon Blanc wines from eight different countries. The event saw Sauvignon Blanc from around New Zealand stand alongside examples from Italy, France, Chile, South Africa, Australia, America and Austria. The unique styles from each country and region were compared, the history of the variety unearthed, and its likely future direction debated.

During the event, attendees were taken on a deep dive into the winemaking techniques used and resulting wines produced from New Zealand’s most popular grape variety. The diversity of styles examined ranged from classic stainless steel fermented wines, through to botrytised, wild fermented and oak aged approaches, as well as low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc.

While uncovering the intricacies of Sauvignon Blanc was the mainstay of the event, a range of other exciting activities were also on the agenda, including: a garden party at Marlborough’s historic Timara Lodge, a train trip through the Awatere Valley, a Kiwiana beach party, and a gala dinner with a one-off World of Wearable Art show.

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