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, Chloe Somerset. 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.

Duncan McTavish, Winemaker, Man O’War Vineyards

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

Duncan McTavish

Waiheke Island Winemakers Dinner host Chloe Somerset  - Huka Lodge Event 2017

Chloe Somerset

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.

Chloe Somerset, Winemaker, Cable Bay Vineyards

Chloe’s wealth of experience in the winery spans 15 vintages and many continents – including Canada, the United States, Greece, France, Australia and New Zealand. Chloe sought experience in boutique vineyards where wine quality was inspiring, and commitment to caring for their land was paramount.

In Santorini, Chloe experienced her first ‘Old World’ vintage with one of Greece's most famous winemakers, Haridimos Hatzidakis. Burgundy greats, Domaine de Montille and Domaine Chandon de Briailles are where she fostered a true appreciation and understanding of terroir – which she affectionately calls her ‘epiphany moments’. Chloe also spent a few years in Australia, working for Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley alongside one of Australia’s most acclaimed winemakers, PJ Charteris and Australian icon, Iain Riggs. This was followed by an assistant winemaking role at Len Evan’s Tower Estate, with top Australian winemaker, Samantha Connew.

Returning to New Zealand, Chloe honed her craft working alongside Central Otago pioneer, Rudi Bauer at Quartz Reef, before heading to Waiheke Island to join Cable Bay Vineyards in January 2013. As Winemaker at Cable Bay, Chloe’s passion lies in the evocative power of wine to capture a memory and to tell the story of its origin. Her approach to making wine is to nurture its true personality, revealing the complete journey from grape to glass.

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.