Kiwi Chamber celebrates 10 years of Seoul wine fest
Story by: Emma Kalka
Photos by: Courtesy of The Kiwi Chamber
While to many from around the world, New Zealand may be known as the land of hobbits, elves and one ring to rule them all.
But there is so much more to this country, one of which being its vineyards and wines, which will be on full display at the upcoming New Zealand Wine Festival to take place in Seoul and Busan, put on by the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce – aka The Kiwi Chamber.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Seoul festival and both festivals are being carried out under the theme of “Pure Discovery New Zealand Wine.” They will offer guests a selection of wines from over 20 of the country’s top vineyards, and hopefully inspire them to return to the roots of “Pure New Zealand,” according to the chamber.
“As we celebrate 10 years of the chamber and New Zealand Wine Festival in Seoul, it is amazing to see how the chamber has grown from its small beginnings to where it is today,” said Dr. Tony Garrett, chairman of The Kiwi Chamber. “Apart from our core activities to facilitate business opportunities between our two countries, we also host two major wine festivals annually, one in Seoul and one in Busan, and numerous other events including our own amazing Year-end Grand Hui which caps of each year.”
Garrett continues that the chamber was established to facilitate and profile business networks and projects with Korea, of which wine is a major part. Through these wine festivals, the growth of New Zealand wine and the interest of Korean consumers in these wines has been a big benefit for the country’s vineyards.
Since the Korea-New Zealand FTA took effect in December 2015, New Zealand wine exports to Korea have increased 45 percent and the country is now the 10th largest exporter to Korea. There are currently over 50 premium New Zealand wine brands available in Korea.
According to the chamber, wines from New Zealand are known to be “contemporary and now,” and producers are recognized as world leaders in innovation and sustainable wine production. The country has a wide range of climates and soil types which allow it to offer a full spectrum of wines.
A few key wineries offering vintage reds and whites taking part in this year’s festivals are Babich Wines, the country’s largest family-owned winery; Hunter’s, which produces the world famous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay; Wooing Tree, which specializes in Pinot Noir, Rose, Blondie and Chardonnay; Raparura Springs, which won gold for its 2017 Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris at the 2018 Royal Easter Snow Wine Awards; and te Pa, known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Oke, Rose, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vintage.
Other wineries include Kim Crawford, Clos Henry, Pallister Estate, Pancarrow, Schubert and Marlborough Sun.
“Our theme, Pure Discovery New Zealand Wine, will allow the participant to explore and ‘discover’ the new varieties we have from all regions within New Zealand. Whether it be a fruity Pinot Gris with apple and pear notes from the North to a southern Pinot Noir with full-flavored plum notes, New Zealand has it all,” The Kiwi Chamber said.
This year the Seoul festival will take place at the outdoor waterfall garden at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on May 26 while the Busan festival will be held at the new Ananti Cove Resort on June 2.
Both will offer a Kiwi-themed meal. The Seoul festival will have a casual outdoor BBQ buffet while Busan will have a gourmet buffet. They will also have special areas to display a variety of quality New Zealand food and beverage products.
Guests can also take part in a lucky draw with prizes that include hotel packages, gift sets and a grand prize of one economy return ticket to New Zealand from sponsor Singapore Airlines.
Tickets are 100,000 won for Kiwi Chamber members, 120,000 won for non-members and 130,000 won for at-door purchase. Group discount tickets are also available for 100,000 won per person for groups of eight or more. For more information, contact the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kiwichamber.com.
Dates: May 26 (Seoul) & June 2 (Busan)
Time: 4-8 pm
Location: Grand Hyatt Seoul (Seoul) & Ananti Cove Resort (Busan)
Tickets: 100,000 won (Kiwi Chamber members), 120,000 won (non-members), 130,000 won (At-door)