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Pegasus Bay Vine Run

Supporting a good cause: Pegasus Bay Vine Run + Win with Metropol

If you fancy a run/walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay followed by live music and a glass of wine all while supporting a worthy cause then you won’t want to miss out on the Pegasus Bay Vine Run.


Pegasus Bay Vine Run


After a successful inaugural event (earlier this year) the second Pegasus Bay Vine Run will be held on Sunday, 27 January 2019.
Created to raise funds for the New Zealand Brain Research Institute and organised by the Donaldson family of Pegasus Bay Winery, registration for the event is now open. “My father, who is the driving force behind it all, practised as a neurologist in Christchurch for 30 years, while also setting up the winery,” Mike Donaldson says.


Choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option.


“As a founding member of the institute, he decided on a fun family event to raise funds for the cause, where people can choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option, bring a picnic and enjoy a day out.”

Tickets are $75 each and include a bottle of trophy wine to take away. Register for the event on or email Mike at


Win With Metropol

Metropol has two double passes to the Pegasus Bay Vine Rut to giveaway to some lucky readers. Enter at Winners will be drawn Monday 3 December.


Explore Waipara

Toast to tours: Explore Waipara

Kaye Souter’s passion for wine is infectious and extends beyond just drinking it.


Explore Waipara


As the owner of Explore Waipara Wine Tours, Kaye prides herself on offering unique winery tours individually catered to her clients.
“The point of difference with our business is we aim to make our wine tours as fun and as memorable as possible by adding those little extra details that make a big difference,” she says. Explore Waipara’s full day wine tours depart Christchurch and travel through the beautiful wine region of Waipara.

Clients enjoy incredible scenery and plenty of photo opportunities, delectable wine tasting at a minimum of four wineries along with a luscious lunch, topped off with entertaining stories about the wine producing region. Water and snacks and your own tasting booklet are also provided and all tour guides hold current first aid certificates.

Tours range from the lead-in Explore Waipara Tour to the Ultimate Waipara Experience which includes a helicopter ride, truffle demonstration, private winemaker’s tour, award winning restaurants and of course, delectable wines. Learn about the history of wine in New Zealand and travel through the beautiful rugged landscape of Canterbury to explore the best wines of the region.

Raised in Christchurch, Kaye’s background is in hospitality, liquor retail and she has recently spent four years in Central Otago working at a prominent winery. She has a passion for wine and spirits and she never stops learning.  “We don’t just drink wine, we live wine.”


Visit and enter the code Metropol for $40 off tours in November.


CharRees Vineyard

A tipple at twilight: CharRees Vineyard

CharRees Vineyard is thrilled to announce it is again hosting the Twilight in The Vines evening. This magic occasion is in its fourth year, its success reflected in the growing numbers attending each year.

CharRees Vineyard


To be held this year on Saturday 24 November, this gorgeous event is the perfect way to unwind from the pre-Christmas rush. Entry is free, so gather together a group of your besties and head along to the vineyard at 22 Laings Road, Tinwald, Ashburton for live music, wine tasting, and gourmet delights in this stunning setting.

As the sun goes down you’ll enjoy music by local band Wayne Pannett and Co. It’s a certainty that al fresco dining doesn’t come any better, as you picnic between the vines or enjoy a delightful selection of food from elite food company TwentyFour Caterers, and new and awesome creators of street food, Yes Chef Events & Catering.

CharRees Vineyard will have take-home wine sales, wine by the glass, and of course its in-demand sample boards which offer a selection of wine tastings plus cheese and crackers, and surprise giveaways. There will also be a limited amount of craft beers available for consumption at the event.

The paddocks are available for free parking, where even the occasional campervan has been seen. Ever the responsible host, CharRees will offer a courtesy coach returning you home within the boundaries of Ashburton town and even making a run to Allenton.


For more information phone CharRees on
0800 CharRees (0800 2427 7337).


Straight 8 Estate

An exceptional estate: Straight 8 Estate

When you mention Straight 8 Estate to someone, they usually respond with, “I have really been meaning to go there”.


Straight 8 Estate


Situated at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, Straight 8 Estate, named after their rare Railton Light Sports vintage car, owners James Shand and Mary Jamieson create some “seriously drinkable wine”. With spring well and truly upon us, Straight 8 Estate’s new selection of dry, off-dry and medium rieslings is worth a try, and the new rustic gift trays made by Silverstead make for a great gift.

So, feel free to pop in, have a chat, have a drink and get to know more about why Straight 8 Estate is such a great place to visit, wine connoisseur or not.



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The Grape Debate: There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry

There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry, but it’s for a good cause. And there shouldn’t be any ‘sour grapes’ at the end of it.


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Following the success of similar events in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, the Colliers International Grape Debate comes to Southern Lakes this month. Renowned for their lighthearted – yet competitive – atmosphere, the debates have raised $100,000 for various charities while tickling the funny bone of everyone in the room. The southern version pits Central Otago winemakers against viticulturalists to contest the moot ‘It’s the vineyard guys that deserve the credit, not the winemakers’.

Organiser Bex Tacon is confident this Grape Debate will be as heated as ever, with an impressive lineup of industry experts accepting the challenge. Winemakers Dan Dineen (Maude Wines), Duncan Forsyth (Mount Edward) and Paul Pujol (Prophet’s Rock) go head to head with viticulturists Gary Crabbe (Precision Viticulture), Mike Winters (Tekano Estate) and Edwin Haycock (Amisfield).

TV comedian Jeremy Corbett, of 7 Days and The Project, will adjudicate and Queenstown real estate agent Brendan Quill will lead a charity auction. Bex guarantees the audience will be in stitches. “Jeremy is so clever,” she says. “Afterwards people comment that they haven’t laughed so much in their lives.” Alexandra-based organisation Sticks ’n’ Stones, which works to combat youth bullying and depression, will benefit from the proceeds of the evening. Bex says she wanted the money to go back into the local community to help young people.


Colliers International Grape Debate is on Friday 21 September at The Winehouse, Gibbston.

Tickets available through Eventfinda or email


Clicquot in the Snow

Winter’s Must-Attend: Clicquot in the Snow

This year’s Clicquot in the Snow in Queenstown from 2-5 August marks the 200th year since Madame Clicquot blended the world’s first rosé champagne and, to honour the special anniversary, long-time friend of the brand, designer Kathryn Wilson has designed a special edition rosé pink belt.

 Clicquot in the Snow

To the delight of many Kathryn Wilson fans, the special edition rosé belt is reintroducing her much loved belts to her coveted designs. The talented shoe and accessories designer is releasing the celebratory belt as part of her spring/summer 18 collection which is set to be debuted at Clicquot in the Snow this year. An annual highlight for festival guests, this is her 7th year showing at Clicquot in the Snow.
Kathryn Wilson will also be releasing her spring/summer 18 collection at her annual runway show presented by Veuve Clicquot. This year is particularly special as she celebrates the brand’s 15-year anniversary.
This year will also see another magnificent presentation at Rata with celebrity chef Josh Emett to bring back the Clicquot Long Lunch series at Rata Restaurant; a four-course degustation lunch inspired by Clicquot Colourama and the Veuve Clicquot range including NV, Vintage and Rosé.

The weekend’s highlight will be the magnificent and much anticipated Clicquot Gala. This time with an exciting new Colourama theme. Bringing a touch of glamour to close the four-day celebration, the Clicquot Colourama Gala at QT Queenstown will be the ultimate place to be in Queenstown on 4 July.

 Clicquot in the Snow  Clicquot in the Snow

Guests will be treated to an exclusive performance by Anna Coddington and Dick Johnson of DJ – Vocalist duo, Clicks, and multiple iconic Clicquot moments. Tickets are $99 per person and include entry to the Clicquot Colourama Gala, canapes and one flute upon arrival with cash bar available for the rest of the event.
It’s colourful and luxurious, it’s fashionable and it’s refined. Clicquot in the Snow is fast becoming the event to attend on the Queenstown social calendar. To view the full Clicquot in the Snow 2018 programme and purchase tickets, visit

Rossendale Vineyard,

Ultimately Unforgettable: Rossendale Vineyard

With a slight change of name from its former The Vineyard @ Rossendale to a simpler, trip-off-the-tongue Rossendale Vineyard, it’s very much business as usual for the beautiful venue located at 100 Old Tai Tapu Road.

Rossendale Vineyard,

Lucky are the bride and groom who say “I do” to having the most memorable wedding, ever, in a glorious garden setting, with the backdrop of a working vineyard only enhancing the magic; add in the luxury of being pampered by attentive staff, dining on delectable fare and toasting their happy future together from the vineyards bountiful best in wines, and it’s no wonder the newly-weds can’t stop smiling.
Winter weddings are plusher than plush in the Pinot Noir Room that boasts floor to ceiling windows and comfortably seats up to 200 guests. With a separate dance floor draped in fairy lights, and a quiet, intimate lounge and bridal room with ensuite for our besotted lovebirds to retreat to, should they want time out, it doesn’t come better than this.
Manager and mine host Graham Jones, who has been at Rossendale for more than 18 years, when not wearing his wedding hat, dons his conference hat, his family celebration hat, or his hugely adaptable whatever-is-wanted hat, to help clients plan for that ultra-superb function or event. “We have top class chefs on-site, and warm, welcoming staff. We do anything and everything; we are dedicated to delivering the ultimate, unforgettable experience.”
For more information email or visit

Paint ’n’ Sip

Number one in fun: the perfect mid-winter night out at Paint ‘n’ Sip

You’re fed up with the weather; the wintry temps have you shivering in front of the heater and everything on the telly’s rubbish. Turn your frown into a smile, banish winter’s nip, for your fairy godmother has waved her wand – you need Paint ’n’ Sip!

Paint ’n’ Sip

Welcome to the most creative hub in town where everybody gathers for a fantastic, unforgettable experience. This is where magic happens; this is where you unleash all creativity locked inside you as you paint your way to laughter and happiness.
With a seating capacity for 32, you now have the perfect venue for your hen party night your Mum’s 60th birthday celebrations; your sister’s baby-shower, and you really must remember to tell your boss you’ve found the ideal place to hold the team building work event. The options and reasons for propping yourself before an easel are as wide and limitless as that beautiful big, blue ocean you can’t wait to bring to life on canvas.
You don’t even need to worry about having little or zilch painting experience, because there are four fabulous artists at the ready, only too happy to offer support and encouragement as you create your very own unique masterpiece. As stated on their website – it’s all about the journey and FUN!
So, forget that boring bucket list, do it now! Check out their monthly online calendar and book yourself and your friends the greatest time-out of your lives. Santé!
For more information visit or email

Winter in Ōtautahi

Spoilt for choice: Winter events to see you through to August

Winter in Ōtautahi has never looked so exciting, or enticing, as our city plays host to a myriad of events from art and theatre, to wine and babies. Talk about spoilt for choice!

Winter in Ōtautahi

8 – 9 June
NO Productions Theatre presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s fast-paced psychological thriller at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Described in one review as: “Sex, Art, Nazis and a classy 20th century icon, all wrapped up like a tasty cultural burrito”.

9 June
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an historic piece of jetty art. 18 well-known artists, from Lyttelton to Mount Herbert, have created unique artworks depicting their reflections on Governors Bay Jetty. Auction begins at 3pm at the Governors Bay Hotel.

9 – 10 June
A huge range of products and services on show, plus seminars, demos and workshops. Everything you need to know from Bump to Birth and Beyond! Head to the Pioneer Leisure Centre.

12 July – 21 July
Written by renowned NZ playwright, April Phillips, Swingers is a riotous new comedy about men married to the golf course and their long-suffering wives who’ve had enough. Teeing off at The Performing Arts Centre, Heaton Normal Intermediate School.

26 July
A selection of award winning wines from New Zealand and Australia. The event also introduces some of the people that craft and stand behind these distinctive, fabulous wines. Quaffing commences 6pm at Hagley Oval.

Two Fat Possums

Your West Melton local: for pure pleasure and delight head in for a wood fired pizza at Two Fat Possums

Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.

Two Fat Possums

With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit or phone 03-421 6481.