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New Zealand Wine Clubs

If you would like a listing on this page, please e-mail me: winetaster@clear.net.nz

NATIONAL

Federation of Wine and Food Societies of New Zealand
This national Federation was formed to encourage greater enjoyment of wine and food. Check out their website for details and member groups.

AUCKLAND

North Shore Wine and Food Society
www.nswfs.org.nz
This wine club is based on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.
The club's logo (on the right) represents wine and food and inside the glass is a symbol of the North Shore and Auckland - "Rangitoto" - a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf.
President: Dave Corlett. Email david.corlett@nswfs.org.nz.
Secretary: Brian Lennard lennard20@xtra.co.nz.
Membership: $40 per year.
Club Nights: $35 for members and $40 for guests.
Venue: Fairway Lodge, adjacent to the North Shore Events Centre and the golf course. Enter via Argus Place, off Sunnybrae Road, Glenfield. Click here for map. The club meets there on the 2nd Tuesday of each month unless the function is being held in a restaurant. Bookings are essential.
A representative from a winery or a wine distributing company presents a range of wines and this is followed by a 2 course meal.
Members provide their own XL5 tasting glasses, available for purchase from the club. Glasses are provided for visitors.

Titirangi Wine & Food Society
This wine club is based in the lively village of Titirangi, nestled in the Waitakere Ranges in the west of Auckland, New Zealand.
President: Richard Thorogood Ph. 09 817-5981
Secretary: Yvonne Morton ph. 09 817 9601
WineMaster: Chris Hale ph. 09 838 7956
E-mail contact: Richard Thorogood
Membership: $20 per year.
Club Nights: The Society meets on the 3rd Wednesday or Thursday of each month usually at Lopdell House in Titirangi Village, unless the function is a restaurant or winery visit. Charges vary, but typically $18 for members and $20 for guests, includes wines and supper. Membership varies between 70 and 80 and guests are welcome if the venue has the capacity.
Prospective members may attend two functions as guests prior to applying for membership.
Functions vary throughout the year, with guest speakers and suppliers presenting different wines and foods for tasting, plus restaurant and winery visits, wine option events, and social meal events.
The Society also provides members with a monthly newsletter which is distributed with notices of functions.
Members provide their own tasting glasses, available for purchase from the club. Glasses are provided for visitors.

ROTORUA

Wine and Food Society of Rotorua (Inc.)
President: Pat Lawrence, pandp.lawrence@xtra.co.nz, ph 07 3488949
VicePresident: vacant
Imm. Past President: Pauline Evans, pauline@rotoruarentals.co.nz, Ph. 07 345 6060
Secretary: Margaret Haines, casahainz@xtra.co.nz, ph 07 3488716
Cellar Committee: Bernard Ivory, Secretary, bernard.ivory@xtra.co.nz, ph 07 3484116
Membership: New members contribute $35 towards a "share" in the cellar. Annual subscription is $46 per member if paid within two months of billing. (Part year membership is rebated at $3 per month.)
Club Nights: Events include formal dinners, wine tastings and winemaker evenings.
The Wine and Food Society of Rotorua (Inc.) was founded in 1962 and provides members and their guests with opportunities to enjoy good food, good wine, and good company six or seven times a year at different times, places and prices. The Society also provides members with an occasional newsletter that is distributed with notices of functions.
Membership varies around 80 and occasional guests are welcome if the venue has the capacity.
Prospective members may attend two functions as guests prior to applying for membership.
The subscription covers rent and insurance of the cellar, regular circulars and general administration. Occasional small surpluses are invested in cellar enhancements.

MANAWATU

Manawatu Wine Group
www.manawatuwinegroup.co.nz and on Facebook
The Manawatu Wine Group aims to bring the very best wineries to our tastings so that fellow wine buffs in the Manawatu region can enjoy and appreciate wine as much as we do!
Contacts: Tessa Newton or Margaret Newton
Membership: $20.00 membership for the year. $10.00 for partners.
Meetings: Every second week on Wednesdays and Thursdays alternating, at 65 Walding street, Palmerston North. Tastings cost $15.00 on the night. Tastings vary throughout the year, with guest speakers from different wineries in the North Island presenting their wines.
This group is a great way to socialise with fellow wine-enthusiasts and to enhance your knowledge of wine!
Participants wil be provided with tasting glasses on the night.
Updated: Feb 2012

WELLINGTON

Wainuiomata Wine Club
President: Stuart Young Ph 04 938 7963 or 0274 999 707
Vice President: Bob Galvin Ph 04 564 7130
Secretary: Alice Speck Ph 04 970 0968
Membership: $15
Tastings: Usually $10 per person which includes wines and cheese and crackers.
We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm in Wainuiomata, and also have other social functions such as dinners and barbecues.
We aim to provide a pleasurable education and experience of wines in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, through monthly tastings presented by winemakers, distributors and other wine specialists. Sometimes we have in house presentations with members presenting wines based around a predetermined theme – such as comparisons of wines from different regions - one recent theme had a “blind tasting” comparing particular New Zealand wines with their French counterparts and participants having to decide which was the French wine which was the NZ wine.
New or intending members will be most welcome.
Updated: Feb 2012

Western Hills Wine Society
President: Michael Kuus.
Secretary: Jennifer Flynn
Membership: $40 per year
Meetings: First Wednesday of the month at Maungaraki Community Centre Hall, 135 Dowse Drive, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt, 7:30 for 8:00 pm. Typically we commence with a wine pre-taster followed by a presentation consisting of 6 – 8 wines presented by winemakers or their agents. Crackers, breads and nuts are served to provide palate cleansing between tastes. The winemaker or agent will usually provide an opportunity to purchase the wines tasted on the evening at a discounted price. We are a small informal club providing a non-threatening environment to sample, enjoy and learn about a variety of interesting wines that members may not usually encounter.
Cost: $10 for tasting.
Updated: Jun 2013

The Cellar Club Inc. Johnsonville
www.cellarclub.co.nz
President: Anne Megget Ph 04 478 8573
Secretary: Jenny Jebsen
Treasurer: Wayne Kennedy
Membership Coordinator: Anne Megget
Membership: $25 per year
Meetings: We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, 7.45pm for 8.00pm.
Cost: $12-$16 for tasting. Members provide their own tasting glasses, available for purchase from the club. Glasses are provided for visitors.
Club Events: We provide wine education and experience through monthly tastings presented by winemakers, distributors and other wine industry specialists. We also have two dinners and an annual barbecue.
The Cellar Club is a social group that focuses on the appreciation of wine. It was started in 1980 by a group of Wellington ‘wine buffs' wanting to gain more understanding of wine when the industry began evolving in New Zealand. Our aim is to lift the enjoyment of wine for Club members. Members also receive a monthly newsletter which includes details of functions and articles on the wine industry.

The Porirua Wine Society
www.serjeantson.com/poriruawine/index.html
Secretary: Jim Fraser.
Membership: $25 per year
Meetings: We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Gear Homestead in Porirua for the presentation and tasting of wine from wineries and wine agents. There are also social events such as dinners and an annual BBQ.
Cost: $15 for each meeting. We welcome visitors.
Background: The Porirua Wine Society was established in 1980 to bring together all those who have a love of wine and who wish to understand more and meet others with the same interest. It aims to promote a wider knowledge of the wines of the world and a more discerning appreciation of their individual merits through tastings and visits to vineyards and wineries. We pay particular attention to the continuing development of the New Zealand Wine Industry.
The Society has a medium sized cellar to broaden the range of wines available for tasting.
If you would like to find out more about the Porirua Wine Society, or check out the upcoming tasting program, click here.

CHRISTCHURCH

Halswell Wine Club
President: Paul Lynskey Ph. 03 329 6364.
Secretary: Rory Creagh.
Membership: $10 (Life membership)
Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month between February and November at the Halswell Bowling Club rooms in the Halswell Domain commencing at 7.30pm.
Cost: $10 charge to attend the meeting. A cheeseboard is provided.
The aim of the club is to enable members taste a variety of wines and to learn about the their production. It is also to enable producers to present their product to a group of people who appreciate wine. As well as regular meetings visits to wineries and social meal events are also organised.

New Brighton Wine Club
President: Martz Witty
Vice President: John Bartlett
Enquiries: Jocelyn Scott or phone 03 389 0777.
Meetings: 6.30 pm sharp on the first Tuesday of each month at the New Brighton Club rooms except in January. A Xmas function is held in December each year.
To Join: Members must be paid up members of the New Brighton Club plus the Wine section fee is $15.00 per year per person (pro rata)
Guests may attend 3 times as a guest before they must join the Club and Wine Club.
Tastings are usually $5.00 per person payable at the door including cheese crackers etc.
Raffles are held for fundraising and we have a lot of fun as well as learn about winemaking and wineries as well as tasting the wines of course.
Check out the blog at newbrightonwineclub.wordpress.com to see the calibre of the producers / presenters from the last 18 months or so.


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