Gisborne Wine Events
Every year, the Gisborne region hosts two big, international-standard events, the Gisborne Wine & Food Festival and the Gisborne Regional Wine Awards.
The enormously popular Gisborne Wine & Food Festival is always held on the Sunday of the long Labour Weekend. This sell out event showcases top New Zealand entertainment, celebrity chefs and the best wine and food the area has to offer in a stunning vineyard setting.
The Gisborne Regional Wine Awards is an annual show held in May which sees an independent panel of renowned wine judges determine the best Gisborne wines across all varietal categories. Winning wines are celebrated at a black-tie awards evening, open to both the industry and public, and are promoted as the "best of the best" to consumers, trade and media.
On a more intimate scale, local wineries regularly host their own events. These range from exclusive tastings of new release wines through to art exhibitions and concerts in the vines. More details can be found by contacting the Gisborne Wine Centre.