The NZ Boutique Wine Festival returns to its spiritual home in Fort Lane's Imperial Buildings on June 10, once again bringing the best of New Zealand's boutique wineries to one location. Hundreds of wines from 30 small producers will be available, the likes of which you won't find in the supermarket wine aisle.
As well as tasting hard to find wines, the day is chocablock with vertical tastings — which allow you to taste the same wine from different years to understand the difference a year can make — educational wine masterclasses, matched tasting lunches and musical entertainment.
Tickets include an Italian Luigi Bormioli tasting glass which is both full size and unbranded (other wine festivals take note), and with your new acquired glassware you can learn the importance of why a great glass is so important in wine guru Yvonne Lorkin's Glass Appreciation masterclass. As natural wines are the cool kids of wine, the What We Mean When We Talk About Natural Wine masterclass with Jules Van Costello, will also be well worth a look.
It figures that this festival starts at 11.30am on a Sunday as this will be a place of worship for wine adorers.