Will Winetopia tickets make a good Christmas present?
Absolutely. For your wine-loving friend they will bring suspense, excitement and utter joy. You’ll be forever the one that didn’t get them socks or a popcorn maker, but an experience of a lifetime! Plus they look fantastic and fit in an envelope (print at home on good quality paper for the best results, or on the fancy printer at work). Give Winetopia tickets as a gift now and the anticipation will be there for months to come. Plus you’ll be first on the list to share any wonderful bottles they come home with!
Do I need a Vaccine Pass to enter Winetopia?
Yes, all attendees and staff are required to have a Vaccine Pass prior to entry at Winetopia venues. Get yours here: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-certificates/my-vaccine-pass/
What do tickets include?
General Admission Tickets (including Ridiculously Good Value/RGV GA tickets) include a Spiegelau tasting glass which you can keep at the end of the day, 5 tasting tokens, an event guide, access to all the wineries, main stage talks and entertainment.
Premium Tickets (includes Presale Premium Tickets) include all of the above, plus a glass of premium NZ cuvee on arrival (60ml), a gift bag and access to an exclusive seating area opposite the main stage.
Masterclasses and Golden Coins can be purchased in advance as an “add-on ticket” (masterclasses for Auckland/Wellington released in February) or on the day if still available.
Is there going to be any food?
Yes, a selection of gourmet food options are available for purchase at the events.
Are the talks and entertainment free?
All talks and entertainment on the main stage are free to attend with your entry ticket.
Some special features such as Masterclasses may cost a little extra, reflective of the extra costs associated with running these features for you.
Is this a wine drinking event?
Winetopia is about having a great time discovering the best wines in NZ – we have over 50 wineries set up at each venue. If you’d rather try and drink all the wines in one day, then this isn’t the right event for you. The maximum pour size is 60ml of wine and we reserve the right to expel anyone intoxicated or displaying antisocial behaviour. There will be spittoons and plenty of drinking water freely available onsite as well as food and low alcohol drink options. Please enjoy Winetopia responsibly.
If you find a bottle of wine you like you can buy it to take home but this cannot be opened onsite.
Under the NZ Covid-19 “traffic light” protection framework, Winetopia will go ahead in Green or Orange with Vaccine Passes mandatory for everyone onsite. If the host city moves to Red or cannot proceed due to government restrictions, the event will be postponed. Your tickets will be valid for the new dates. If you are unable to make these new dates a refund will be available (less box office fee).
Hand sanitiser will be readily available in all settings and masks are optional in green, but encouraged where possible in an Orange setting.
Where to buy?
Only buy tickets through the Winetopia website – we do not recognise any resellers and no other organisation is licensed to sell Winetopia tickets. If you do not purchase though the Winetopia website then you risk being refused entry.
Tokens, Golden Coins…?
Winetopia is all about discovering your new favourite wines from around Aotearoa. Most ticket types include 5 Tokens which you will receive on entry. You can purchase more on the day if required. These have a face value of $2 each and generally will secure you a sample of wine (30ml) from one of more than 50 participating wineries, although some of the more expensive wines may require two tokens.
To try a one of the most highly regarded wines in the country that sell for over $100 per bottle, you will need to purchase some Golden Coins. These are $30 for 5 and each Golden Coin will secure you a sample (30ml). The list of wines will be added to the website close to the event time and this will also be published in the event guide given to each attendee. Golden Coins are available as an add-on when you buy your tickets, and on the day if still available.
What sort of wines are at Winetopia?
All styles, from all regions of New Zealand. We are not prejudiced based on colour, geography or flavour profile. If it is good, you’ll find it at Winetopia – and there’s a lot of good.
Are there Masterclasses this year?
Masterclasses for the Winetopia Auckland and Wellington events will be released in February. All ticket holders will be notified when Masterclasses go on sale and there are no box office fees for masterclass tickets.
Masterclass Tickets do not gain the bearer entry to the main event, you will need a Winetopia entry ticket as well. Please make sure you turn up at the correct time for your masterclass – refunds are not available.
As we move into our new venue of Te Pae there are no Masterclasses in Christchurch this year. These may make a return in 2023!
Children & Infants
Winetopia is a R18 event. At the security’s discretion infants carried by their parents (eg in a baby sling) may be allowed entry, but please note this is not an environment for small children or prams.
Most wineries will have bottles for sale which can be taken home (but not opened onsite) and will also take case orders to be delivered to you later. Wineries will have Eftpos facilities to accept cards.
Pass outs available only if absolutely necessary.
Can I keep the glass?
Sure! The Spiegelau glass that came with your ticket is free for you to take home after!