Vigneron's Notes

A family wine estate from New Zealand. We craft traditional wine styles that emphasise texture, mouthfeel and persistence of flavour. www.bellbirdspring.co.nz

Month: June, 2016

Winefolk Long Lunch

In May we enjoyed a long lunch just down the road at Glenmark Station. The event was styled and organised by Winefolk and the food was prepared by Alex Davies.

It was a wonderful afternoon and the food and wine matches were superb. Most of the food was locally grown and Bellbird Spring’s own poultry featured on the menu too. It was a pleasure to meet a lot of new faces and to work alongside a talented bunch of Canterbury suppliers.
A big thank you to Weka Pass RailwayWinefolkAlex Davies ChefTaken by Charlie Rose and Cakes By Anna for hosting, putting together and capturing an Autumnal slice of North Canterbury dining.

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Forage North Canterbury

We’re a bit delayed in sharing our participation in this event that happened earlier this year but we thoroughly enjoyed being involved and felt it important to digitally document.

30 invitees from around the world were invited to North Canterbury where they were paired into groups with winery staff and family members. Each group was assigned a task such as shoreline, river or game hunting and given 24 hours to forage, gather and hunt an edible bounty. This was then collected and presented at Pegasus Bay Winery where a group of NZ’s best chefs prepared dishes paired alongside our North Canterbury wines.

North Canterbury is a little Eden when it comes to foraging. One could live entirely off the land 12 months a year if they had the time to do so! It brings great joy for us as winegrowers to share our backyard, our food and our wine with visitors from across the globe.

For a visitors point of view read Ryan Woodhouse’s excellent blog about the day.