Sip & Surf New Zealand
Celebrate the wine flavours of New Zealand with a wine tasting evening featuring Villa Maria and Leftfield wines, hosted by winemaker Richard Painter, paired with a tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Dan Vogt and Executive Sous Chef Jeff Coish.
Limited seating – reservations required.
Tuna Poke and avocado bites, savory tuille cup
Pan seared scallop with citrus risotto and romesco sauce
Kushi Oysters on the half shell, lemon mignonette
A tasting of local cheeses
House smoked duck breast with spiced blueberry and pinot noir jam
Call 250-703-5000 – reservations required, limited seating.
Richard Painter, Winemaker | Te Awa
Richard studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography at Otago University followed by a post graduate diploma in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University.
Richard’s career in the wine industry began working in the vineyards of Central Otago, Canterbury and Nelson, all in New Zealand’s South Island. During a year working at Neudorf Vineyard’s in Nelson, Richard discovered that he really liked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and wanted to learn more about these wines. This took Richard to Oregon to work for Owen Roe Winery and as fate would have it he ended up working in their facility in Washington State where he soon fell in love with making (and naturally drinking) bold red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends, as well as Syrah.
This love of red wine took Richard to Hawkes Bay to work with fruit from the famous Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district. Richard joined Vidal Estate for the 2008 vintage and then stayed on to become the Assistant Winemaker in 2011. Working at Vidal also rekindled Richard’s passion for Chardonnay and confirmed his view that Hawkes Bay produces world class wines from this variety.
In 2013, Richard took over the winemaking reins at Te Awa. Te Awa is a special site that has produced fine wine since 1994 as well as having a fantastic Restaurant and Cellar door. The soil composition of the different zones of the vineyard, ranging from very gravelly to more sand and silt loam, allows a diverse range of varieties to grow on the one Estate. These wines typically display both finesse and a wonderful depth of flavour.
In 2017, Richard won the coveted Winemaker of the year at the as well as winning Champion wine of the show with the 2016 Te Awa Chardonnay at the Royal Easter Show, New Zealand’s longest running Wine Show.