NZ Winery Tour
About Us

About Us

The Winery Tour is about three things that are great about New Zealand: our music, our wine and our scenery. from its beginning in February 2007, The Winery Tour has celebrated this country and its people, it is 100% New Zealand.

The Winery Tour was conceived in summer 2006 when promoters Brent Eccles and Campbell Smith were looking for a venue in Nelson for a Bic Runga national tour stop. On the advice of locals they booked Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere for an outdoor show. It was a huge success. A magical performance by one of New Zealand's greatest songwriters in a stunning location. The following summer the promoters announced the first national Winery Tour. They found wineries and vineyards that had the right "feel", beautiful locations that they thought would complement live music and, of course, produced great wines, and winery owners who understood and were excited by the idea.

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Late January, February and early March is the best time of year to stage an outdoor concert series like the Winery Tour. The weather is generally clear and warm, summer holidays are over, parents are back to work, kids are back at school. Evenings are long, warm and balmy. It's also right before most wineries go to harvest in March.

Since that first Winery Tour in 2007, 149 shows have been played around New Zealand to the end of the 2017 tour. From as far north as Tutukaka to as far south as Invercargill. Over the years some Winery Tour traditions have developed, the very staples that define the event: each year the tour has 3 acts on the bill, the artists are always New Zealanders, gates open at 5pm, first act on at 6pm, last act finishes by 10pm, the seating is all GA, nothing is reserved. Kids under 12 get in free with a paying ticket-holder. Its all about family.

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The Winery Tour Team

NZ Winery Tour Team

Promoters: Brent Eccles and Campbell Smith / Civic Events

Production Partner: Goff/The Production Company

Media Partner: Media Works

Event Co-ordinator: Lance Cathro

Event Producer: John Leach

Event Publicist / Sponsor Manager: Janine Russell

Production Manager: Goff

FOH: Chris Gee

Stage Manager: Paul Cookson

Lighting Director: Daniel Van Nes

Health & Safety Design and Managment: Rebecca Knox

Travel / Accom / Accounting / Everything: Helen Eccles

Marketing and Promotion: Lisa Stokes

On-Line: Poppy Tohill

Merchandise: Olivia Watkins

Art Direction / Website Design: Andrea Nakhla, Harrison Burt & Mark Roach

Ticketing: Ticketmaster/Ticketek

Security: Derek Moors/Venue Security International

Waste Management: Glass Packaging Forum

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