Organisers offer up a highly eclectic mix at Ascension Vineyard this year - and get the taste buds going.
After seven years of rolling music through rows of vines all over the country, the Winery Tour has become something of an annual big night out for many. A balmy evening, beautiful scenery, an easy, family- friendly, civilised atmosphere, and a good drop or two of some local nectar - what's not to like?
And in the past few years, organisers have expanded their musical horizon with more adventurous line-ups - where the Winery Tour once was the domain of Bic, Brooke, Dave, Don and Opshop, now the genres covered could be considered rich varietals.
They've gone from sav and merlot to gewurztraminer, shiraz and even some bubbles.
On the surface, this year's acts may have seemed an unlikely mix to some - a chilled out electro pop group releasing their first album in nine years; a ubiquitous TV personality/actor with a huge voice to boot; and the nation's favourite pub rockers celebrating 30 years together.
But as corks were popped (or tops were twisted), and the sun began its descent, the line-up turned out to be a rather lovely blend.
The Classic Hits Winery Tour show at Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere on Friday 28 February has sold out. Tickets are still available for the first show on Thursday 27 February.
The Exponents headline the 8th annual Classic Hits Winery Tour along with Stan Walker and Breaks Co-op.
Brent Eccles, co-promoter of the Tour, is delighted with the public’s enthusiasm for this iconic national touring event:
“The Winery Tour shows at Neudorf Vineyards always sell out. We’re looking forward to celebrating our eighth year with two shows at one of the most beautiful and popular stops on the Tour. Great kiwi music, great kiwi wines, in stunning locations – that’s what the Winery Tour is all about”.
Tickets for the Thursday show can be purchased via the Winery Tour website www.winerytour.co.nz and Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz.
One child under the age of 12 is given free admittance when accompanied by one adult ticket holder. Full show information can be found at www.winerytour.co.nz.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.nz / 0800 111 999,www.winerytour.co.nz
For full show information see www.winerytour.co.nz
Gates open 5:00pm, first act on stage 6:00pm and concert concludes at 10:00pm
Civic Events, the promoters of the Classic Hits Winery Tour, would like to assure Winery Tour patrons that the show scheduled for Saturday 1 February 2014 at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana will go ahead as planned.
Civic Events, promoter of the annual Classic Hits Winery Tour, is proud to reveal the tour dates and line up for the 2014 Summer Tour: Headliners are New Zealand music legends The Exponents, joined by pop superstar Stan Walker and the heavenly voice of Breaks Co-Op.
Now in its 8th year, the 2014 Classic Hits Winery Tour presents 17 shows across 16 spectacular outdoor venues from Tutukaka in the North, down, for the very first time, to Invercargill in the South. A full list of dates and venues is set out below.
Since performing their first ever gig on vocalist Jordan Luck’s 20th birthday, The Exponents have earned an unparalleled reputation for iconic, smash-hit laden, sing-along live shows, performed to generations of fans up and down New Zealand.
2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the group, which sparked not only the release of their ‘best of’ album Why Does Love Do this To Me: The Exponents Greatest Hits but also a feature television documentary about the band entitled simply… The Exponents.
The Exponents’ four founding members have come together and will be bringing all of their hits along with a very special stage show designed specifically for the Winery Tour. Seeing The Exponents live is a rite of passage for New Zealanders, seeing them perform in the stunning Winery Tour settings will be something unique and not to be missed. It’s going to be quite a party.
Filling the middle slot and fresh from a sell-out nationwide tour is Stan Walker. A formidable live performer, with a raft of hits that rivals even The Exponents, Stan Walker is quite simply a musical force.
Stan will be bringing his full live stage show to the Wineries and not only will he be performing all his well-loved hits, he will be introducing songs from his stunning new album “Inventing Myself” including singles Take It Easy, Bulletproof, Inventing Myself and the brand new Like It's Over.
Completing the three-band line up is Breaks Co-Op, returning to the stage for the first time since their massive hit “The Otherside” ruled the airwaves and singles chart a few years ago. Featuring the incredible velvet and honey voice of Andy Lovegrove, Breaks Co-Op have a brand new single Sounds Familiar out this month and will release their first new album in 8 years in January 2014 - right before the Winery Tour kicks off.
Jordan Luck and his fellow Exponents can’t wait to kick off the tour on 31 January.
"I’m off the piss and we’re hitting the wineries…go figure! We can’t wait. We’ve heard about this legendary tour for years and to be invited to take part with Stan and Breaks Co-Op is a real thrill. We are excited about putting on a really memorable show, with all the hits. We’re rehearsing now! Winery Tour fans can expect something really special.”
Stan Walker says hitting the road for a Kiwi summer on the Winery Tour is something he’s been dreaming of for years.
“Sharing the stage with New Zealand music royalty in the most beautiful outdoor settings that Aotearoa has to offer? What an absolute blessing. I can’t wait for everyone to come down and have a bit of a dance and a sing-along with me. It’s gonna be mean”.
Andy Lovegrove agrees.
"I’ve been recording the new Breaks Co-Op album in England and I cannot wait to get back to New Zealand and spend a long, hot February travelling to the most beautiful parts of the country and bringing our music to life on stage. I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend summer.”
Co-promoter Campbell Smith is looking forward to next year’s Tour and promises concertgoers a unique and unforgettable experience:
”This tour is about great NZ music, great NZ wine and food, stunning locations and the warm and balmy nights of February. It’s all about feeling good with friends and family, kicking off your shoes, having a wine or two, a dance and singing along. The Winery Tour is what summer is all about; there is nothing else like it.
And we are thrilled to return to Palmerston North and to be adding two new shows to the Winery Tour run for 2014 - our very first gigs in Greymouth and Invercargill. You don't get much more “NZ” than the West Coast and the deep South, we can’t wait to bring some Winery Tour goodness to your provinces!”
With 17 shows on offer across 16 spectacular outdoor venues, The Classic Hits Winery Tour is the biggest tour in New Zealand. The 2014 Tour will visit the following regions - NORTH ISLAND: Hamilton, Matakana, Tutukaka, Napier, Havelock North, Martinborough, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Tauranga & Auckland; SOUTH ISLAND: Invercargill, Gibbston (Queenstown), Waipara (Christchurch), Greymouth, Upper Moutere (Nelson) & Blenheim.
Tickets (and bus/ticket packages) go on sale on Thursday 24th October at an Early Bird price of $65 plus booking fee (ticket only). The Early Bird price will end on 30th November, the ticket price will then increase to $75 plus booking fee (ticket only) from 1st December. Tickets can be purchased via the Winery Tour website www.winerytour.co.nz and Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz. For the Blenheim & Gibbston shows tickets can be purchased via the Winery Tour website, Ticketmaster and Ticket Direct 0800 4 TICKET or www.ticketdirect.co.nz. For the Palmerston North and Invercargill shows, tickets can be purchased via the Winery Tour website and Ticket Direct.
One child under the age of 12 will be given free admittance when accompanied by one adult ticket holder.
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Ascension Wine Estate
Tutukaka, Marina Reserve
Black Barn Vineyards
Sentry Hill Winery
Villa Maria Winery
Waipara Hills (Mud House)
Villa Maria Winery
"Talk about your rich varietal. The first of this year's package tours of the nation's grape outdoors certainly doesn't lack for a multitude of vintages, flavours and blends - one veteran electro-reggae monster? Check. Two supergroups fronted by three distinguished talents each? Check. One New Zealand's Got Talent winner on her first big tour? Check." Read the full review here
Russell Baillie, The New Zealand Herald, Monday 4 February.
The Classic Hits Winery Tour in Matakana on Saturday was a hit … the lineup was exceptional….read the full story here
Juliet McGhie, Rodney Times, 7 Feb 2013
"Kiwi 'supergroups' wow in laidback style." Read the full review for the show at Alana Estate, Martinborough here.
Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post, Tuesday 12 February 2013
Over 3000 people attended the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour at the Mud House Winery and Cafe in Waipara on Saturday night. Families danced together around picnic blankets to music from New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Wel, AnikaBoh&Hollie, The Adults and Fat Freddy's Drop. Read the full review here
Vicki Anderson, The Christchurch Press, Tuesday 19 February
Wine, a stunning sunset over the Gibbston hills, New Zealand musicians and an energetic but well-behaved crowd all equated to a success story for the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour, which came to Gibbston for the first time on Tuesday, Read the concert summary here
Christina McDonald, Otago Daily Times (Queenstown Edition) 22 Feb 13
Music and wine lovers were lining up an hour before the gates at Upper Moutere's Neudorf Vineyards opened yesterday hoping to nab a prime spot for the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour. Read the full story here
Naomi Arnold, The Nelson Mail, 23 Feb 13
The crowd was treated to a Kiwi music extravaganza at the Classic Hits Winery Tour at Villa Maria Estate last night. Read More here
Svan Hersleman, Marlbrough Express, 25 Feb 13
Sunday morning's patch of rain was a distant memory as thousands laid out their picnic blankets, pulled out the chips and dip and soaked in the sunshine at the Classic Hits Winery Tour show at Mystery Creek. Read more here
The Waikato Times, 4 March 2013