We invite all Pinot Noir Devotee’s to join us in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque Wine regions for the 10th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration.
The Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration has established itself as one of New Zealand’s premier wine events and our vision is to bring together the wine world’s leading writers and commentators, together with wine and food enthusiasts to experience Central Otago’s best wine, cuisine and sights.
The Celebration is held over two days with a comprehensive yet relaxed programme of events. It is our aim to celebrate Pinot Noir by taking advantage of the legendary hospitality that Central Otago winemakers provide. Of course the focus is on our most famous asset – Pinot Noir – and the tasting experiences coupled with a stunning cuisine programme will form the backbone of the event, with the location and wine personalities adding to the mix.
Established and New Producers from all sub-regions of Central Otago are participating in the 2011 Celebration
Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Programme 2011
Thursday 27th January
4 – 6 pm A Central Otago Vintage Masterclass (optional) – Millennium Hotel
5 – 7 pm Registration – Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
6.30 pm A Central Otago Welcome at Brazz on the Green, Queenstown. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with other delegates and Central Otago wineries in an informal way prior to the start of the Celebration. Pre dinner drinks and nibbles will whet the appetite. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy and explore Queenstown’s restaurants and nightlife.
Friday 28th January
7.30 – 8 am Registration Continues – Millennium Hotel
8.30 – 9.30 am Travel by coach to NorthburnStation, Cromwell for The Grand Pinot Noir Tasting
9.30 am Official Celebration Opening and welcome by Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Chairman, winemaker Matt Connell
9.45 am – 1 pm Grand Tasting – A wine tasting hosted by the 40 participating Central Otago wineries. Each winery will exhibit 2 Pinot Noirs.
1 – 3 pm Lunch in the Vines – Experience superb lunches combined with technical tastings hosted by Central Otago winemakers. Enjoy the surrounds of some of Central Otago’s most picturesque wineries.
3 pm Depart wineries for Queenstown
6.30 pm Meet buses at Millennium Hotel for departure to evening event
7 pm Winemakers Party – Combine casual gourmet cuisine and exquisite wines in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy discussing the wines with the winemakers on their soil at a wonderful Queenstown location.
Saturday 29th January
8.30 am Coffee & Sticky Buns – Millennium Hotel
9 am – 12 noon A Formal Tasting of Burgundies – Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
12 – 3 pm The Downtown Luncheon highlights Queenstown’s culinary fare at a selection of Queenstown’s most celebrated restaurants. Delegates will enjoy the ambience and conviviality of the chef and winemaker explaining the union of food and wine.
3 pm Free time
7 pm The Grand Dinner – Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown. Queenstown’s most dramatic restaurant, nestled high up on the alpine skyline is the venue for our Grand Dinner, signalling the Celebration’s finale. Delegates will enjoy an evening of superb dining prepared by three renowned Central Otago Chefs accompanied by a selection of the region’s finest wines. The Dinner concludes with a Charitable Auction of Central Otago Pinot Noir.
Until Late Continue the party in downtown Queenstown
Essential Registration Information
To register online for the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, please complete the online registration form
Should applications for registration exceed numbers available an allocation system will be implemented. It is not intended to accept partial attendance at a discounted rate but a waiting list will operate on a strictly “space available” basis for notification of acceptance within two weeks of the event.
You are welcome to arrange and book your own accommodation, however should you wish to book accommodation directly with us at the Millennium Hotel there is an option provided on the registration form. If you would prefer another form of accommodation please let us know and we will endeavour to find it for you. Organised for Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd by the 2011 Central Otago Pinot Noir Committee.
All correspondence to: Richard Broadhead, PO Box 245, Cromwell 9342, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 445 4650
Fax: +64 3 445 4620
Moblie: +64 21 340 994