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New Zealand Wine Festivals in Seoul, Busan this Summer
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New Zealand Wine Festivals in Seoul, Busan this Summer
  • By Matthew Weigand
  • May 18, 2015, 09:30
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A photo from last year's New Zealand Wine Festival.
A photo from last year's New Zealand Wine Festival.

 

If you don't have enough New Zealand wine in your life, the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce is looking to fix that. In Seoul, the organization will throw a New Zealand Wine Festival on Saturday, May 30, at 4pm at the Waterfall Garden at the Grand Hyatt. But if you live in Busan, you'll have to wait until June 13, when they'll put up another one at the Park Hyatt at 6pm. These wine festivals have become “a highly-anticipated New Zealand tradition,” after seven years, according to a Chamber representative.

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“The New Zealand Wine Festivals are our largest events of the year and offer the local community and our members a great opportunity to sample a vast array of high-quality wines from New Zealand,” explained Simon Walsh, chairman of The Kiwi Chamber. “The Seoul and Busan events are fun, exciting and eagerly anticipated while providing us an excellent occasion to showcase the best of what New Zealand has to offer.”

As a world-renowned wine producer, New Zealand continues to achieve global recognition for its innovation in wine production. With distinct grape-growing regions and well over 700 vineyards on the North and South Island, New Zealand offers consumers a wide variety of wine choices, including top brands such as Hunter’s, Cloudy Bay, Rapaura Springs and Kim Crawford.     

“This is an important year for both the Korean and New Zealand business communities with the signing of the Korea-New Zealand FTA,” added Mr. Walsh. “In particular, once ratified, it will remove the tariff on New Zealand wine.” 

This year, both wine festivals will feature lucky draws with many outstanding prizes, including one economy return ticket to Christchurch, New Zealand for each wine event from sponsor Singapore Airlines.  

Tickets for each wine festival are 80,000 won for Kiwi Chamber and DINE@HYATT members, 100,000 won for non-members and 110,000 won for door purchases. In the event of inclement weather, the Grand Hyatt Seoul festivities will be held indoors. For more information and registration, please contact chamber@kiwichamber.com or visit www.kiwichamber.com.