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Madam Sass

Win with Metropol: Madam Sass Wine

We have two sassy bottles of Madam Sass to give away.

Madam Sass

Madam Sass pays homage to heroines from Central Otago’s gold rush era; gutsy women who held little regard for the establishment and relished taking risks. An enticing pinot noir full of attitude, style and extravagance, its aromas of decadent spice and sweet cherry are delivered with a fleshy, fruit driven, seamless finish.

To enter to win a bottle visit, put in your details and tick the competitions you want to enter. Entries close on Monday 21 May and winners will be notified on Tuesday 22 May. Entrants must be at least 18 and ID will be required to collect the prize.

Straight Eight Estate

A unique commemoration: personalised wine bottles for your wedding from Straight Eight Estate

An award-winning range of single vineyard wine with beautifully personalised labels is a unique way to commemorate your special day.

Straight Eight Estate

The friendly, down-to-earth team at Straight 8 Estate can help with wine selection and also organise personalised labels to reflect the bride and groom’s style and theme. “Whether it’s for your special occasion or for a gift, we can custom-make any amount, from small to large numbers,” explain owners Mary Jamieson and James Shand.
Straight 8 Estate opened its cellar door in 2012, offering free wine tasting in a friendly, relaxed environment. Group bookings are welcome and customers can wander around and chat directly with the owners. “There’s always a good special on here or you can buy online and have the wine couriered to your door.”
Straight 8 Estate is located at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, phone 03-347 6878 or visit

The Vineyard at Rossendale

Exquisitely romantic: weddings at The Vineyard at Rossendale

The Vineyard at Rossendale is an exquisitely romantic wedding venue, created especially for the occasion. The ambience and space, flexibility and flow, are unsurpassed for a perfect day.

The Vineyard at Rossendale
Floor to ceiling windows form a vista through 10 acres of pinot noir grapes. With room for up to 200, the functional floorplan allows the bridal table to be seen from all angles. There’s a vineyard-themed bar, and a dance floor wing draped in fairy lighting. This leads to an intimate lounge retreat and bridal room with spacious ensuite and separate entrance. The neutral interior, exuding warmth, can take on any theme. Two foyers provide grand entrances – further enhancing the stunning approach through the grapevines.
With more than 18 years’ experience here, Graham and Liz Jones are the attentive, adaptable hosts on both the day itself and the important lead up. Catering by on-site chefs is top class – with Rossendale’s wines a luxurious complement.

French Farm Winery

A luxurious lodge: French Farm Winery is the boutique wedding venue you must see

French Farm Winery is unique. A boutique luxury lodge in French provincial style with commanding views of Akaroa harbour, exceptional accommodation and meandering streams and birdlife.

French Farm Winery
The ideal spot for the perfect wedding any time of the year

There is a special tranquillity to it. Located at French Farm, not far from Akaroa, there are four luxury ensuite studios with kitchenettes, a courtyard area and spa.
French Farm can cater for 120 seated in the main house, up to 70 in the new atrium and up to 270 with a marquee.
You choose your caterer from any one of the lodge’s range of specially-selected caterers. With the beverages supplied and served, you can relax and enjoy your wonderful day at French Farm Winery.
With beautifully manicured lawns, it is the ideal location for an outdoor wedding and, with the indoor space also available, it is the ideal spot for the perfect wedding at any time of the year.
Heather and Warwick are your hosts and go out of their way to ensure your day is absolutely memorable.
Located at 12 Winery Road, French Farm. For more information phone 03-304 5784 or visit

Alanna and Pete Chapman

A charitable tipple: how 27Seconds combines a love of wine with a desire to help people

A collaboration between two North Canterbury wineries, a grape harvesting company and several other generous donors is producing wine with a difference and the couple behind the project-turned-wine-label are still reeling from its early success.

Alanna and Pete Chapman
Alanna and Pete Chapman


Alanna and Pete Chapman initially started 27Seconds as a one-off fundraiser for Hagar – an international NGO that helps survivors of modern-day slavery. “We wanted to help so we created delicious wine, where 100 percent of the profits go to survivors,” Alanna says.
“It was only meant to be a one-off fundraiser. But as we sort of delved deeper, it snowballed into a company.”
Terrace Edge, which is owned by Pete’s parents, provided the grapes for 27Seconds’ first run of wine and Omihi Creek Harvesting harvested them for free. Greystone Wines, just up the road from Terrace Edge, did the winemaking, with various others jumping on board to help.
Alanna was working in Hagar’s Christchurch office when she learned that every 27 seconds a person is trafficked into slavery and, while in India, walking through the alleyways of Sonagachi in Calcutta, the country’s largest red-light district, she and Pete witnessed it first-hand.
Alanna and Pete, a viticulturist who works on the family vineyard, realised wine was one way they could help. “We love the idea that something accessible, like wine, can be used for good. It empowers people to make a difference through just a single choice.”
Alanna says the combined generosity of the wine community meant 27Seconds was able to give away $10 from every $17-$23 bottle in the first run of wine. Greystone Wines provided heavily discounted winemaking, Kiwi bottle supplier O-I halved its prices, another company provided free caps and local designer Piet van Leeuwen of Port Edison did the labels pro bono.
“We love our labels. We’re super proud of them. Piet wanted to portray the name itself so that’s why there are 27 dots on the front and there are three dots that you can’t see as well. The idea behind that is once someone has been sold it is sort of like an ending,” Alanna says.
“It’s a really morbid topic but there is hope as well. There are things that can be put in place that reduce trafficking. We wanted it to be a hopeful brand as well so that’s why the colours are quite bright.”
27Seconds’ Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Rosé are available online and there are plans to start selling wholesale to local restaurants.
Three bottles of 27Seconds wine can provide a young survivor with a school uniform, shoes and stationery for a year, five can provide a bike to get to school and seven bottles every month can put a survivor through university.
Interview courtesy of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

The North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

A super special Sunday: The uber cool North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

When it comes to the hit events on the Canterbury social calendar, the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival is right up there with the best.

The North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival

The North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival
The coolest little wine festival in the country.

Set under the picturesque oaks of Glenmark Domain in Waipara Valley, the festival is back next weekend Sunday 11 March to celebrate the local bounty of the flourishing region on Christchurch’s very own back doorstep.
This year headline chef, food writer, executive owner and chef of Homestead and Company Sam Mannering will be cooking up a storm. Proudly raised in Canterbury, Sam is returning to his favourite region to create a dish that has North Canterbury written all over it.
What makes Sam’s homecoming even cooler? He’ll be donating 100 percent of the proceeds made from his stall on the day to festival charity partner, Māia Health Foundation.
Festival attendees can also donate to Māia Health Foundation to help fundraise for a bigger, better rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital to ensure faster emergency treatment – a cause close to the hearts of those in the region, with 100 rescue helicopters call outs from Canterbury between Feb 2016 and June 2017 alone.
Alongside Sam, notable foodies and wineries attending include Black Estate, The Bone Line, Pegasus Bay, Greystone Wines, Cakes by Anna, Grizzly Baked Goods, Jonny Schwass, Kaikoura Cheese, Anteater, Bearlion foods, Utopia Ice, Sweet & Savage, while headline band The Eastern will be on hand to make your Sunday super special.
Tickets: Adult $30, sober drivers $15, under 18s free. For more information visit