Come January 2017, the world’s greatest minds on the subject of Pinot Noir will descend upon Wellington’s waterfront for a three-day extravaganza celebrating the red grape variety, and extraordinary wines made from it, here in New Zealand.

Of the 117 New Zealand Pinot Noir producers represented, 19 will come from Wairarapa including Martinborough’s Ata Rangi. The vineyard’s wine maker Helen Masters is one of the event’s guest speakers alongside Escarpment’s Larry McKenna, often described as ‘The Prince of Pinot’.

The event will bring together media, trade and enthusiasts from all corners of the globe, who share a common desire to discover what makes NZ Pinot Noir so special. Well known international keynote speakers include Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, OBE, described by London’s Decanter magazine as ‚“the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world”; Ken Ohashi, MW, Japan’s most eminent wine and sake expert; and American rocker Maynard James Keenan, Grammy Award winner and lead singer for alternative metal bands Tool and Puscifer, who is also a winemaker based in Arizona.

Held every four years, Pinot Noir 2017 will showcase over 300 wines. There will be thought-provoking discussion, world-class keynote speakers, and plenty of tasting sessions for registered attendees. If you’re a pinot expert or an enthusiast, it’s an event not to be missed.

For those who simply love pinot, there will be a chance to taste some of these incredible wines at a Public Pinot Noir Festival, taking place on the Wellington Waterfront. Details for this will be released in spring.

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