Overview

Sauvignon 2016, The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration is the first of its kind in New Zealand and an opportunity for the New Zealand wine industry to host the world’s leading wine producers, experts and key influencers and shine the spotlight on this diverse, expressive and sought-after variety.  The event will run over three days from Monday 1 February to Wednesday 3 February, 2016 in Marlborough. 

The event programme has been designed to demonstrate the complexity of Sauvignon Blanc, emerging styles, vineyard practices and winemaking influences and its future. There will be opportunities for guests to sample over 200 different examples of Sauvignon Blanc from across the globe, to learn from experts in the field of science, research, journalism and gastronomy while experiencing some stunning locations in Marlborough, New Zealand.

Guests to Sauvignon 2016 will hear from the people who research, grow and make the wine on subjects of regionality, styles and diversity. They will challenge people’s theories and perceptions on everything from agricultural methods and winemaking secrets to stylistic preferences and the future of Sauvignon Blanc.

Regarded as a "fresh and innovative" event, Sauvignon 2016 explores the variety and what makes it so distinctive, bringing the latest developments from the grass roots level.

The programme will feature international tastings at renowned winery locations, seminars and panel discussions, keynote speakers from both inside and outside the world of wine, a secluded summer garden party, a vintage train journey across the Awatere Valley and Kaikoura Coast, the quitessential kiwiana beach party and an ultimate Gala dinner finale.