• The Chardonnay


    Chardonnay Affair

International Chardonnay Day

Is celebrated 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.

The Chardonnay Fling - Friday 24 May 2024

Dress to impress in white to match the famous Chardonnays at The Black House.  Enjoy bubbles on arrival and two glasses of Chardonnay matched with an array of different food created by very talented Wendy Bennett and enjoy the live music. 

Chardonnay In The Vines -Saturday 25 May 2024

Mingle with Gisborne's finest Chardonnays among the vines at Bushmere Estate. Guests will enjoy bubbles on arrival, five-course lunch by The Vines paired with five Chardonnays, live music by the talented Annabelle and Ash.

Masterclass - Saturday 25 May 2024

Not only will those attending get to experience some truly delicious Chardonnay, you will also be hosted by Master of Wine Sophie Parker-Thomson at one of NZs oldest wineries, Matawhero. Sophie is a wine producer and wine industry consultant based in Marlborough. 

The Chardonnay Express - Sunday 26 May 2024

Celebrate International Chardonnay Weekend aboard the historic steam train WA 165 as you wind your way from Gisborne railway station through the countryside to Muriwai. The steamy train ride offers you the opportunity to connect with the clever winemakers who craft these delicious classic Chardonnays.