News & Letters
It has been a busy year on the vineyard with lots of groups coming in by appointment. These are always fun and the groups get to enjoy nibbles along with their tasting.
On 11 March we are at the Manawatu Food and Craft Fair. This is being held in the Barber Hall at Waldegrave Street in Palmerston North. Entry is free. Apart from our wine there will be stalls selling jewellery, childrens clothing, artwork, steam punk and a range of edible goodies.
On 12 March we are hosting the Manwatu Walkers who will have a hosted walk around the vineyard then enjoy a picnic lunch box under the trees. This is becoming a regular event with over 40 walkers visiting this year.
We are open through April as usual but it is important to note that we are closed over Easter for a private family celebration.
Vineyard Summer Celebration - Lock it in now, 20 February 2016! Flip are an experienced musical duo from Palmerston North. They have a repertoire of pop/rock hits from the 1960s to the 2000s, an impressive sound and an entertaining live show~ and you will get to see them in February!
When - 20 February 2016 1pm - 4.30pm. Gates open at 12.30pm - No gate sales
Where - Pohangina Valley Estate, 1034 Valley Road, RD14, Ashhurst
Tickets - Available here, for only $50/person, or $45/person with a 6+ group! Tickets available here or at i-site Palmerston North, or call 06 354 7948 or 021 322871
Ticket Price Includes a glass of wine and live band, as well as a picnic lunch with hot roast meat! Please note this event is strictly R18.
Bus - A return bus is available from Palmerston North for only $8, enquire when purchasing your ticket.
Christmas 2015 will soon be here - why not drop in to the vineyard for that special Christmas gift - a bottle of our award winning wine. Or why not purchase a gift certificate for a wine tastings and a selection of finger food - mimum of three people. We always offer cellar door specials so pop in and see us or phone Fiona on 021 322 871 to place an order.
Opening Special 2014 only- Wild Venison
As a celebration of our spring opening on Sunday 5th October we have a special offer for customers. The first 20 customers to visit the vineyard who purchase 4 bottles of our pinot noir will receive a free kilogram of export quality, premium Raukumara Red Wild Venison (www.wildvenison.co.nz), all for the low price of $100. What a great combination and what a great way to impress your friends at your first summer barbecue!
The meat is beautifully tender, a hind leg cut, vacuum packed and frozen for your convenience. Perfect quickly fried and served with a fresh salad or vegetables, all washed down by that lovely glass of red.
The offer is only available at the cellar door, not through our website, and is limited to 20 customers only - so get in quick to be sure not to miss out!
Christmas - just 12 weeks away!
Christmas will be here before we know it, so it's time to start thinking about those Christmas work functions and Christmas gifts for your clients and customers.
Why not talk to us about that special pre-Christmas function get together at the vineyard for a tasting and nibbles? What better way to thank those loyal staff, customers or clients than with a bottle of the local wine!
Talk to us about deals on cases of wine for gifts this Christmas!
Just can't think of what gift to give that someone special? Then surprise them with quality wine or olive oil from Pohangina Valley Estate!
2014 Garden Party
GARDEN PARTY UPDATE: A great afternoon had by all. Uncle Monkey had the crowd up and dancing all afternoon. One shower came through but not enough to dampen the spirits. The rain held off all afternoon and wind only arrived with any force about 6:00pm. The Pohangina Valley delivers reasonable weather against the odds. Great food, great wine - thanks to everyone who made it such a fun afternoon!!
Here a comment from one of the people who attended the garden party who had ticket bought from friends in Australiia:
"What a great afternoon we had, the location was superb, the weather was warm with dark clouds above,. The wine was top notch as was the band - pity you both couldn't be here to enjoy the occasion with us all " thank you . Kevin from OZ
Last years garden party, we have two bands - The Nairobi Trio and The Dixieland Gipsy Band.
- Since their inception in 1989, Nairobi Trio have become New Zealand's favourite jazz band. They tour regularly throughout the world, appearing at major festivals in New Zealand, the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Now in their 23rd year together, Nairobi Trio are more passionate about their music than ever. They have released a total of eight albums together. Find out more about the Nairobi Trio here!
- The Dixieland Gipsy Band bring their highly polished act to New Zealand for the very first time! A superb combination of unbelievable musicianship and humour merge to produce intense violin solos, crack guitar playing and spirited, charming vocals, double bass, crisp harmonica and musical saw. The Dixieland Gipsy Band delivers a fascinating, bold and seductive experience. Listen to The Dixieland Gipsy Band here.
2010 TOTARA GOLD is ready. A new blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Check out the specifications and perhaps purchase a bottle to enjoy with family and friends this summer.
Check out the latest edition of Cuisine Wine Country magazine we feature on page 99 and there is a beautiful photo of the vineyard on page 100.
This will make a great gift for a wine lover you may know. To order a copy, please click here.
Well worth purchasing to have a comprehensive list of NZ wineries along with what's on and where to eat in each of the regions.
Mark your diary, our forth annual Garden Party will be held on Saturday, 23 March 2013. Tickets are now available for purchase. We will be fundraising for the worthwhile cause of Project Crimson. Just click here to view the page
The Manawatu Wine and Food Festival will be held in June again. Details to follow as the time gets closer.
Pohangina Valley Estate Olive Oil is now available via orders on line or phoned in to our Cellar Door. You can buy on line or simply ring Fiona on 021 322 871 to place an order. We will deliver free anywhere in Palmerston North.
This year's oil has its usual fresh grassy characteristic and is ideal to dip with fresh bread, drizzle over cooked meat or fish; or serve over your favourite salad. Priced at $17.00 per 250ml bottle. Click here to view the product page.
16 to 19 June Mystery Creek Field Days Nick was in Hamilton for the June Field Days.
We finished harvest at the end of April and saw the volume at 7 tons of fine quality grapes for the 2010 vintage. Pohangina Red grapes looked particularly good and this is likely to mean the 2010 Totara Reserve will be exceptional, perhaps better than the premier 2008 vintage.
During May, we were busy with booked tastings, and attended a fundraising event on 22 May for Aokautere School. This was a gourmet evening with stalls selling relishes, olive oil, chocolate, and other tasty treats.
The warm reception and high demand for our 2008 Chardonnay/Pinot Gris Blend has led to an extremely limited inventory. This well-balanced wine can be cellared for another one to three years or is drinking beautifully now. Currently the price is $30, however, as of Tuesday, 1 June the price is $38 per bottle. This special varietal was also awarded a Bronze for Liquorland's Top 100 during early May.
If you would like to book a visit to our Tasting Room during the winter months, give Fiona a ring on 021 322 871 or 06 354 7948.
Have you heard of Blanchett's Lounge Club events? Each month a different topic related to the world of interiors is presented at their showroom, 58 Napier Road in Palmerston North and you are served Pohangina Valley Estate wines to accompany nibbles from Hester Guy Catering. The next Lounge Club is Tuesday, 15 June and will relate to hand made carpets. To find out more, phone Judy at 06 357 1224, or send her an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pohangina Valley Estate held its first garden party on 20 March 2010. Despite some early apprehension with the weather a perfect day was had by all. Guests were entertained by Sue Pugmire and her band and enjoyed afternoon tea by Hester Guy Catering. The vineyard owners would like to thank the following sponsors of the event: UCG Ltd; Orcus Print and Farmlands Palmerston North. The event raised $1000 for planting of more totara trees at the local Regional Park, Totara Reserve.
The 2008 Chardonnay has recently been awarded a Bronze Medal at the Royal Easter Show. If you haven't tasted this graceful, full-bodied wine, stop by our Tasting Room & Cellar Door.
The vineyard's Red Barn Tasting Room & Cellar Door is open every weekend through April, except for Easter Sunday. Regular hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 4:30pm. If you have visitors, stopping by to show them your local vineyard and tasting award-winning wines is a great way to spend some time. We have a spectacular new addition to the Tasting Room. On display you will find Blanchett's fine hand-made furniture. Distinctive, pure and elegant, this hand crafted furniture is heirloom quality and made solely in New Zealand from sustainably milled timber. Next time you visit the tasting room, check out one of their superior chairs. You can also view their full range at their website by visiting blanchetts.co.nz.
Destination Manawatu is a great source of information for what events are happening. Visit this link to see our region's calendar: http://www.manawatunz.co.nz/events_calendar.html
We participated in two regional events on Waitangi Day. The Taranaki Wine and Food Festival and the Dannevirke A&P Centennial Show on Saturday, 6th Feb.
In early November the vineyard was awarded a Bronze Medal for its 2008 Pinot Gris. The Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition celebrated its inaugural year with an objective to provide wine lovers in the region with an easy and informative way to explore and enjoy the wonderful world of wines and spirits and to help the trade showcase their products in the world's most dynamic market.
Approximately 1300 wines from around the world, including Italy, South Africa, Portugal and Australia, were judged in the competition from 31 October to 3 November, with results announced on 4 November.
"We entered the competition to increase our profile in a growing market and also to just test our wines with some of the best in the world." said Bronwyn Dymock, who owns the vineyard with her husband Nick and sister Fiona. "To achieve a bronze in such a big competition and against so many entries is really thrilling."
Our wines are now available at The Gallery, one of Palmerston's fine restaurants. Enjoy a glass of our Chardonnay/Pinot Gris Blend with their signature scallops.
Fresh Central, Palmerston's new premier deli and specialty local grocer now stocks our wines. You'll have to stop in and check it out, 35 Grey Street (next to Speights Ale House).
The 2009 release of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been very successful. The 250ml bottle has an easy pour top with better closure. We do have some stock still available. To buy on-line, click this link , or give us a call on 06 - 354 7948. $17 per bottle.
Press & Publicity
Our 2008 vintage of white wines was released in April '09. We have a full-bodied Chardonnay available and our unique special blend of Chardonnay/Pinot Gris "dances on the palate." Have a look here.
The Estate has been approved as a venue for selected occasions such as weddings. We have created easy online access to what we offer, see more here.
On 24 November 2009, Pohangina Valley Estate was featured in an article by the Manawatu Standard. Read about it by clicking here.
Information about the initial launch of Totara Reserve in Nov. 2008:
The latest copy of Cuisine Wine Country is out. See page 90 to read the write up we received. We are also featured in Michael Coopers Wine Atlas; just out and available at all good book stores.
Click here to check out the write up from respected wine writer Joelle Thomson from Mindfood Magazine
Featured as Sip of the Week in the Manawatu Evening Standard was an article by Yvonne Marie Lorkin on Saturday 15 November
The Feilding Herald wrote a story about Pohangina's new red on Thursday, 18 November. Click here to read the article.
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