Waiheke Island Winemakers' Dinner – Saturday, 14 October 2017

Also known as Waiheke Island of Wines, this highly regarded wine region has established a reputation for outstanding artisan producers, who have received more than their fair share of awards over many years now.

We present a themed wine dinner hosted by two of Waiheke Island’s finest wineries – Man O’ War, with Winemaker, Duncan McTavish and Cable Bay Vineyards, with Winemaker, Nick Pett. These two talented winemakers have collaborated closely to ensure the unique terroir of Waiheke Island is represented in an exceptional way.

A carefully selected group of exquisite wines will be matched to each of the five-course dishes comprising a menu created especially by Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt, for the occasion.

Waiheke Island Winemakers Dinner host Duncan McTavish - Huka Lodge Event 2017

Duncan McTavish

Duncan McTavish, Winemaker, Man O’War Vineyards

Duncan’s heart, soul, and enormous talent, are all reflected in each of the extraordinary wines he crafts at Man O’ War. Of singular personality, these wines are indeed the “definitive translation of our land”.

A graduate of the inaugural Viticulture and Oenology degree program at New Zealand’s Lincoln University in 1998, Duncan spent the following three years working the harvest for some of the best producers in Burgundy, Germany, California, Australia and here in New Zealand.

This exciting apprenticeship culminated in 2001 when he secured a position with one of New Zealand’s greatest wine producers, the Waipara Valley’s inimitable Pegasus Bay. After nearly four years under the wing of Pegasus, Duncan left to develop his own winemaking ideas at Waipara Springs until 2008, when Man O’ War Vineyards were fortunate enough to entice him north to Waiheke Island.

Nick Pett, Winemaker, Cable Bay Vineyards

Waiheke Island Winemakers Dinner host Nick Pett  - Huka Lodge Event 2017

Nick Pett

Nick grew up in small town New Zealand and has always had a strong connection to the land – through sports such as climbing and tramping or simply working on his neighbour’s farm. He first studied for a BSc in Biology thinking that it was the sensible choice, but Nick soon realised that the confines of a laboratory wasn’t for him. Nick then explored other avenues to ensure a career that included time spent in the great outdoors. For Nick, winemaking seemed to offer the best of both worlds – combining science and the outdoors. In 2008 he left for Heathcote, in Australia, to go and work for a winery.

Following this, he then went on to graduate from the University of Adelaide in 2010, having studied Oenology. Nick then spent the following years working harvest for producers in Australia (McLaren Vale, Heathcote), France (Côtes du Rhône, Burgundy), New Zealand (Marlborough, Central Otago, Waiheke Island), Portugal (Alentejo), England (Cornwall), the USA (California) and finally arrived at Cable Bay in January 2015 as Assistant Winemaker.

Nick’s role is greatly varied at Cable Bay – he can be working in the vineyard one day, the winery or laboratory the next and then out making sales visits as well. According to Nick the best part of it is working on the land to grow the best quality grapes that we can, and then having picked them, ensuring that we then guide those wines down a path that is reflective of our vineyards and region.

This event is presented with our compliments, at no additional cost beyond the normal rate.

From NZ$1,090.00 + GST per person, per night (on a double/twin occupancy basis). This includes pre-dinner drinks with canapés, five-course gourmet dinner with Man O'War and Cable Bay wines, full country breakfast, with return Taupo Airport transfers, if required.

While every endeavour will be made to follow this programme of ‘Events’ in the order and form in which it is currently published, there could be last-minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control.