In the middle of 2016, ‘Wellington Wine Country’ was established as the marketing arm of Wairarapa Winegrowers (click here to see my article). As happens, there have been personnel changes, and the Chairman of the Board is now Alan Lodge, a businessman who has been involved in local government, in the Wairarapa 30 years ago. Alan has as his fellow board members Larry McKenna, Christine Kernohan, Pip Goodwin and Jane Cooper, as well as Carol Bunn who has taken on much of the marketing and promotional activities. Rachael Fletcher is an independent director on the board. Tania DeJonge continues in administrative support. With this board, I have seen an increase in activity, some events I have been involved with, such as the hosting of several groups of international sommeliers. Facebook: @wellingtonwinecountry
Wellington Wine Country and Noble Rot have made closer ties with the opening of the ‘Wellington Wine Room’ at Noble Rot Wine Bar – in the section that was the ‘smokers’ yard. This area is now fully enclosed with large glass windows and sliding doors which lead to a very smart room where private functions can be held. The 30 members of Wellington Wine Country have priority usage of the room to conduct release events and special tastings for around 20 people in my estimation. The first booking is with Larry McKenna of Escarpment Vineyard where he will conduct his 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noir Release Tasting for the trade and hospitality personnel. I suspect this will be the first of many. many events in what is essentially a Wellington cellar door for these wineries.