Celebrating the Best of New Zealand

The Summer of Riesling is a worldwide movement which encourages the consumption, discussion and enjoyment of Riesling. It’s about having fun, enjoying great wine and not taking ourselves too seriously. Watch out for t-shirts, wicked wine lists, lane way parties and tattoos!

The third New Zealand Summer of Riesling happens from the 1st December 2013 to 23rd March 2014.

The Summer of Riesling began in 2008 when Paul Grieco from the Terroir Wine Bar in New York decided that only Riesling would be offered by the glass as the white wine pour. And so began the revolution......

The NZ Summer of Riesling is sponsored by NZ’s best Riesling producers and delivered to you by some of the most exciting establishments in the country.

Become a foot soldier, choose Riesling. Viva la Revolution!



Wellington CBD

In association with 50 Shades of Riesling - Wellington CBD

Sunday 23rd March from 3pm to 7pm in the Wellington CBD across three venues -
Ancestral, Vivo and St Johns Bar.

A small-scale Riesling festival . . . . .
$30 to attend (Riedel glass and 4 free tastings included).
Food available from the venues.

Cableways Liquorland Dunedin

Bookings Essential as almost sold out – Tel 03 4767680

Domenic Mondillo Hosts – The Age of Riesling

Tuesday 18th February

Mondillo Cellar Selection Riesling – Tasting 07, 08, 09, 11 & 13

Kalex Riesling – Tasting 11, 12 

Passengers & Co Eating House and Bar

Chef Jamie Bennett will take you on a tour of seafood, from around New Zealand.
Coastline to coastline with Rieslings from each region to match.

7 courses matched to 7 Rieslings.

Saturday 22nd March, $95.00 pp.  Bookings essential. ph: 03 342 9490

Wine tastes Queenstown

Wednesday 19th Feb

Everyone Welcome Riesling Tasting with Central Otago producers

5.30 to 7.00pm


Scenic Cellars

Summer of Riesling Promo through the month of February AND they will be doing some in store tastings over the next couple of weeks.

Later this month they are hosting a Riesling Dinner in Taupo together with the Bistro Restaurant and the Weingut Kerpen Brand Ambassador.

Arrowtown Wine Store

Celebrating Riesling

During the month of February will have a very informal Riesling of the Day with having something open every day!

Pop by and taste - FOC!

Wino's Liquor - Blenheim

Are holding a ‘Summer of Riesling’ Tasting for Wino’s Wine Club on 29th January
Andrew Hedley from Framingham and Oh So Pretty Wines will be hosting the tasting

Decant Vintners & Epicures - Christchurch

Felton Road Rieslings with Blair Walter
Thursday February 13th, 7.00pm
$30.00 per person, bookings essential

Pegasus Bay Winery Restaurant

Guests can have 50 mls each of a vertical of:
Pegasus Bay Riesling  2010, 2007, 2005, 2003 for $22
Pegasus Bay Aria 2012, 2008, 2007, 2001 for  $33 

Vidal Cellar Door

Vertical tasting of Vidal Riesling to celebrate Summer of Riesling
When:  Vidal Cellar Door over Waitangi weekend, well weekend just following – wines will be opened Saturday 8th and tasted over the  weekend.
What:    White label – 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.
Where are the wines from: From our wine library

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

The Rees Hotel are offering free Riesling tastings every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the month of January.  Bring on the Summer of Riesling!

Monsoon Poon

Riesling loves South East Asian Food!

Ask for the Riesling Flight - 3 Rieslings.

Nor' Wester Cafe

Dine at the Nor'Wester from their 'Summer of Riesling' menu and you could Rock with the Boss,
Win Gold Tickets and airfares to Bruce Springsteen - live in concert !!


Blanc's Summer of Riesling will take place from 1st January - 31st January, with a selection of 5 different Rieslings to be featured in January promotions and a variety of in store tastings

Martinborough Wine Centre

Martinborough Wine Centre are all go for Summer of Riesling sharing their love of RieslingRiesling flights available every day for tasting experience, and a little food to go with the Riesling also.

Maude Wines and Lake Hawea Hotel

Maude Wines and Lake Hawea Hotel are putting on a “tasty three different Rieslings” tasting for all of summer. This includes on dry, medium sweet and sweet Riesling.


National Riesling Tasting

National Riesling Tasting on Monday 3rd February, for International Trade & Media in the Waipara Valley.

68 Riesling producers !

Check out some Summer of Riesling love from over the ditch
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Love Tilly Rocks the House
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