New Zealand, the newest member of the Great Wine
Capitals Global Network, is to host international wine industry
movers and shakers in November with representatives from the Great
Wine Capitals of Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley in the USA
attending the Global Network’s international conference in
Christchurch organisers have integrated the
conference into a broader event called Wine Discovery New Zealand
2010 - designed to tell the story of New Zealand’s premium wines
and wine regions, against the background of the developing
international wine tourism industry.
programme will include regional tours, business and science
symposia and a comparative international tasting.
The Great Wine Capitals Global Network was
founded in Bordeaux, France 10 years ago with the idea of bringing
together the world’s most prestigious wine regions to enhance
their economic, education and tourism projects.
include Bilbao / Rioja, Spain; Bordeaux France; Cape Town, South
Africa; Florence, Italy; Mainz, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina;
Porto, Portugal and San Francisco / Napa Valley, USA.
November 2009, following an evaluation process and visit by a
network jury, New Zealand's southern wine regions of Canterbury,
Waipara Valley, Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago -
coordinated by Christchurch - were accepted as the network's ninth
The Global Network’s conference
in Christchurch from 31 October to 4 November will include an
international wine tasting event where visiting members of the
Great Wine Capitals network bring samples of their region’s
premium wines to showcase. Members of the public can attend the
conference will also include an international wine research
symposium and a presentation dealing with sustainable grape
growing and wine making practices.
The Global Network’s
'Best of Wine Tourism' awards will be announced during the
conference with Christchurch and the South Island represented in
Rather than staying in one spot, conference
organisers have developed events and itineraries that will take
delegates on a journey through the five South Island wine regions
so they can see, first-hand, the secrets behind the country’s
Pre and post-conference tours have also
been arranged and may include some North Island wine regions.
"It will bring many influential
wine writers and wine industry leaders to New Zealand," said
Christchurch Mayor, Bob Parker.
"The conference will also highlight Christchurch as the gateway to
a diverse and dramatic range of wine tourism destinations."
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