The Essentials

It is by any measure an impressive assemblage of people and Pinot Noir. A carefully selected line-up of keynote speakers will take part along with 120 New Zealand producers (accompanied by their wines, of course) representing eight different regions. Media, trade representatives and pinot disciples from near and far will be present. The programme is rich with tastings, lively addresses and discussions, palate-wowing New Zealand food, cultural events and more. Click here to see the preliminary programme.

It takes place in Christchurch from 23-25 February 2021. Multiple venues will be used for the various programme elements, including the city’s brand new design statement – the convention centre Te Paē and the equally splendid Te Puna O Waiwhetu, the Christchurch City Art Gallery.

What does my ticket include?

It will give you a passport to explore what we think is the world’s most dynamic, committed and curious Pinot Noir producing culture. You’ll meet the people who brought New Zealand Pinot to the world stage and you’ll encounter a new generation of winemaker stars. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about our land, and importantly, about our evolving attitudes towards it. You’ll be informed and entertained by speakers with global perspectives. You’ll be able to connect with those who occupy every link on the supply chain, from vineyard to bottlestore, along with media personalities. You’ll be exposed to delights from the local patanga (food house). And you’ll taste Pinot. You’ll taste Pinot Noirs that will tell you their own, distinctive stories of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Your ticket will cost you $1890 plus gst (goods and services tax 15%). Registrations open in February 2020, and there are only 600 tickets available. Click here to register your interest now, and stay in the loop.

Included in your ticket are the following:

  • Access to all speaking sessions
  • Access to the series of tasting sessions that include two bespoke formal sessions and a series of afternoon free-flow regional tastings, where all the 120 participating wineries will be showing their wines
  • Three nights of high-octane social interaction, from the opening night party at the Christchurch Art Gallery to an outdoor gathering on the second night, finishing with a very special wind-up banquet at Te Paē on night three.
  • The very best local cuisine, orchestrated by Pinot Noir NZ 2021 Culinary Director and much-loved Christchurch chef Katie Duncan.
  • Morning tea, lunch and dinner across each of the three days, matched to outstanding wine, beer and other delicious beverages.


What do I need to cover myself?

  •  Flights to and from Christchurch, together with airport transfers
  • Your accommodation. Click here for preferential rates with our partner hotels
  •  Your breakfast

If you select one of our partner hotels, there need not be any additional transport costs once you arrive. Christchurch is extremely compact, and all of our suggested options are a few minutes’ walk to our venues. Partner hotels will be announced in February 2020.

What if I need to cancel?

If you’re unable to attend, your registration (including your function tickets) may be assigned to another person. All cancellations and substitutions must be notified in writing to Pinot Noir NZ 2021’s event organisers, Conference Innovators. You can email the team at:

Registration cancellations received in writing before 1 December 2020 will receive a full refund less $200 + gst (NZD) administration charge. No refunds will be made from 1 December 2020, however substitutions are welcome.

Accommodation cancellation charges will be at the discretion of the hotel concerned.

If the Pinot Noir NZ 2021 event is cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the Pinot Noir NZ 2021 Board, registration fees will be refunded after the deduction of expenses already incurred.