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International Chardonnay Day is celebrated on the Thursday before the last Monday in May every year and is gathering momentum in many wine producing countries around the world. The Chardonnay Affair will host a number of events focusing on matching the wines with local cuisine and learning more about our beautiful wines and region.

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Rendezvous on The Chardonnay Express

Location: Gisborne Inner Harbour

58 Esplanade, Inner Kaiti, Gisborne. Google Map HERE

DATE: Thursday 23rd May

TIME: 2:00–5:00pm

TICKETS: $130:00 Per/person

Celebrate International Chardonnay Day aboard the historic steam train WA 165 as you wind your way from Gisborne’s inner harbour through the countryside to Muriwai. This steamy journey allows you to connect with the winemakers who craft these delicious classic Chardonnays. Not to mention soulful singer/songwriter Ariana Henare grooving you into the afternoon with her acoustic guitar and soulful voice of grit and grace.

Dress – Wine Country Casual

Ticket includes The Chardonnay Express, tasting card and brochure, a glass of bubbles on the train, a tasting of classic Chardonnays paired with beautiful morsels by The Crawford Kitchen.

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long WHITE lunch

Location: The Black House

72 Winifred St, Wainui Beach, Gisborne. Google Map HERE

DATE Friday 24TH May

TIME 12:00PM–4:00PM

TICKETS $230:00 Per/Person

Join us for this long lunch as we mingle with Gisborne’s finest Chardonnays overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean on The Black House property. An all-white affair, guests will enjoy the best local produce and Kaimoana from our shores dished up by Marina Restaurant’s French chef, Stephane Dussau. You will also be entertained throughout the afternoon with the soulful jazz vocals by Lady Larisa, while relaxing on the gorgeous lounges by Flock Events.

Dress – In Your Whites

Ticket includes bubbles on arrival, 5-course lunch proudly served by The Marina Restaurant with ten delicious classic Gisborne Chardonnay’s and live music all afternoon.


The History of Chardonnay
in our Region

Our region’s temperate environment with kind spring rainfalls and long dry summers, combined with both alluvial and heavier clay soils, enables dry farming of a wide range of grape varieties, but perhaps most notably, Chardonnay, for which Gisborne has long been famous. For many years the region was known as “The Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand”.

The mix of high sunshine, verdant landscapes, fascinating history and the exciting range of winestyles makes Gisborne a beguiling wine destination. This relatively remote area rewards those who take a trip east with a diverse range of wines, from full flavoured and fruit driven, to critically acclaimed biodynamic classics. Gisborne is home to mix a large producers, boutique wineries, and entrepreneurial growers, who are continuously exploring new varieties and vineyard sites.


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