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What you can expect if you join

Learn about New Zealand wines and wineries from people who work and breath wine; the winemaker, the winery owner, winery representatives, and other wine aficionados. During the monthly tastings compare the wines on offer with those you’ve had on your travels and share your experiences with wines, places and people you have met along the way.

Our meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting about 7:45 pm and typically cover a range of 6 – 8 wines of a particular brand, range, region or varietal. These are brought to us by knowledgeable people passionate about the wines. During this time we strongly encourage members to participate and discuss the wines tasted, compare notes, and judge the wines for yourselves.

As part of the club experience, you get to purchase the wines tasted on the night which is often discounted just for us.

We also have some social events during the year including two dinners (mid-winter and Christmas), a barbeque in January and the AGM in May.

next event

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    Tasting - Ata Rangi

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Directions

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Entry fee: Members $TBC, Guests $TBC

    Presenter: TBC

    Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine, and in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand". With a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his commitment to conservation and to the Ata Rangi alliance with Project Crimson.

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membership

Membership as easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Read our Membership rules
  2. Complete the online membership form or download and complete the print form and bring with you to our next tasting
  3. Join us at our next event.

Try before you buy

We encourage you to join us as a guest including paying the guest price for events before you join. So feel free to attend one or two events to make sure. After that sign-up and well you’ll receive all the benefits of membership.

Cost to members

We try to keep the cost to members as affordable as possible. Our subscriptions are $25/year, and our door charge is between $10 to $20 each event, depending on the support offered by the presenters, covers the cost of wines we are tasting on the night, light supper, room hire & presenter gifts.

News

Swirl, sniff and spit: pinot noir lovers hit town

Radio NZ – 2 February 2017 Hundreds of wine growers, buyers, and aficionados from around the world have descended on Wellington for a three-day celebration of New Zealand pinot noir. Wine exports in New Zealand are a billion-and-a-half dollar industry and since 2008, the amount of pinot noir New Zealand has exported has more than …

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