Celebrate Your Independents!


This July the inaugural Craft’d Wine + Spirits Festival will arrive in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter where more than 40 small producers will showcase their tipples at a new kind of festival to grace the City of Sails.

The New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival was established in 2013 and has been held for the last six years at the Imperial Buildings; however with the inclusion of Kiwi spirit brands the event will don a new name and move to a new location. As part of a partnership Generator, the 2019 festival will be held at  GridAKL / 12 Madden Street, where innovation and inspiration is ripe and celebrated.

Craft’d Events CEO Sue Duncan says developing the brand to encompass other key components of the country’s billion-dollar export industry was a natural move given the increasing shift of Kiwis favouring bespoke options in craft beer, wine and spirits.

“Having myself been a small business owner for many years, these artisanal wine and spirit producers hold a special place in my heart. Our purpose is to change the fortunes of New Zealand’s small producers in these industries and provide a platform for them to share their innovation, insight and genuine passion face-to-face with consumers.”

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Head of Major Events, Stuart Turner, says the Craft’d Wine and Spirits Festival is a welcome addition to Auckland’s winter events programme.

“It’s fantastic to see a new iteration of this event which will help bring the Tāmaki Makaurau to life in July, and provide a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate Auckland’s food and beverage offering to locals and visitors.”

Highly popular at last year’s festival, the NZ Boutique Wine Festival, were the masterclasses and vertical tastings and as well as these 2019’s event will also see food trucks, merchandise offerings, a dispensary for bottle purchases, and a post-event ‘Craftaparty’, to ensure the carnival atmosphere is flowing. Additionally, guests can sit back and relax after tasting their way around the venue in the Festival Club Lounge, where a range of tapas and wine matches will be available.

Craft’d Wine + Spirits Festival will be held on Sunday 21 July. Discover more here.