The Winery Tour

The Winery Tour is about three things that are great about New Zealand: our music, our wine and our scenery. from its beginning in February 2007, The Winery Tour has celebrated this country and its people, it is 100% New Zealand.

The Winery Tour was conceived in summer 2006 when promoters Brent Eccles and Campbell Smith were looking for a venue in Nelson for a Bic Runga national tour stop. On the advice of locals they booked Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere for an outdoor show. It was a huge success. A magical performance by one of New Zealand’s greatest songwriters in a stunning location. The following summer the promoters announced the first national Winery Tour. They found wineries and vineyards that had the right “feel”, beautiful locations that they thought would complement live music and, of course, produced great wines, and winery owners who understood and were excited by the idea.

  • Shows

    Friday 19 January 2018

    Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere

    Saturday 20 January 2018

    Hagley Park, Christchurch

    Monday 22 January 2018

    Lower Hutt Eastbourne, Days Bay

    Saturday 27 January 2018

    Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana

    Sunday 28 January 2018

    Kainui Road Vineyard, Kerikeri

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North

    Saturday 3 February 2018

    Villa Maria Winery, Auckland

    Sunday 4 February 2018

    TSB Bowl Of Brooklands, New Plymouth

    Friday 9 February 2018

    Vilagrad Winery, Hamilton

    Saturday 10 February 2018

    Wharepai Domain, Tauranga

  • Artists

    Annie Crummer

    A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to music, Annie Crummer has sustained a multi-award winning career across multiple music formats, including pop, stage shows and musicals, from providing her trademark powerhouse vocals for hits such as For Today, Melting Pot and See What Love Can Do, through smashing the lead role of Killer Queen in the Australian production of the Queen/Ben Elton hit We Will Rock You.

    Che Fu

    With the most top ten songs of any individual in New Zealand music history, Che-fu is one of the country’s most successful and beloved recording artists. Originally coming to the attention of Aotearoa NZ in the early 90's as one of the original members of iconic kiwi rock band Supergroove, Che went on to forge a career as a solo-artist writing and recording hip hop/ soul chart topping songs such as "Chains" and "Misty Frequencies," and platinum selling albums such as "2b S. Pacific" and "The Navigator.”

    Jason Kerrison

    Jason Kerrison spent many years at the top of the New Zealand Music Scene with his rock band OPSHOP. He has enjoyed commercial success with nine times platinum status album sales and critical success, picking up nine New Zealand Music Awards and the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for Song of the Year. In 2011, Jason was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for Services to Music. In 2012 and 2013 he was one of the three judges in New Zealand's Got Talent and appeared as a Guest Mentor and performer on NZ's X-Factor in 2015/2016.

    Betty-Anne Monga

    A founding member and the formidable, inimitable voice of the seminal NZ band Ardijah, Betty-Anne Monga has won numerous awards, sold platinum albums (Take A Chance), had hit singles including 'Give Me Your Number,' 'Time Makes A Wine,' 'Watchin’ U,' and the #1 'Silly Love Songs,' all the while building an unrivalled standing as a legend, inspiration and totem of music in the Pacific.

    Hollie Smith

    Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand's most predominant & iconic musicians. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, she was approached by NZ songwriting royalty Don McGlashan to perform on a movie soundtrack single ‘Bathe in The River’ that topped the New Zealand singles charts and became one of the biggest and iconic singles in New Zealand history. Following that with multi-platinum selling, #1 charting albums (Long Player, Humour & the Misfortune of Others) and multiple New Zealand Music Awards, she has always maintained a highly respected reputation of creating music with the upmost integrity & passion, not to mention her incredible live performances and powerhouse vocals.

    Tami Neilson

    With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as "A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio).

    Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums and been awarded New Zealand's most prestigious music award, the APRA Silver Scroll, for excellence in songwriting.

  • History



    Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga, Benny Tipene

    Friday 27 January Tauranga Wharepai Domain
    Saturday 28 January New Plymouth TSB Bowl Of Brooklands
    Friday 03 February Hamilton Vilagrad Winery
    Saturday 04 February Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
    Sunday 05 February Whangarei Toll Stadium
    Friday 10 February Havelock North Blackbarn Vineyards
    Saturday 11 February Wellingto Basin Reserve
    Friday 17 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Saturday 18 February Waipara Waipara Hills Winery
    Sunday 19 February Auckland Villa Maria Winery



    Dave Dobbyn & Don McGlashan, Supergroove, Anika Moa

    Saturday 24 January Tauranga Mills Reef Winery
    Sunday 25 January Auckland Villa Maria Winery
    Saturday 7 February Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
    Thursday 12 February Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
    Friday 13 February Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
    Saturday 14 February Martinborough Luna Estate
    Friday 20 February Hamilton Vilagrad Winery
    Saturday 21 February New Plymouth Sentry Hill Winery
    Thursday 26 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Friday 27 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Saturday 28 February Waipara Waipara Hills


    2014 History

    The Exponents, Stan Walker, Breaks Co-Op

    Saturday 24 January Tauranga Mills Reef Winery
    Sunday 25 January Auckland Ascension Wine Estate
    Sunday 2 February Tutukaka Tutukaka Marina Reserve
    Wednesday 5 February Napier Church Road
    Friday 7 February Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
    Saturday 8 February Martinborough Alana Estate
    Thursday 13 February New Plymouth Sentry Hill Winery
    Friday 14 February Tauranga Wharepai Domain
    Saturday 15 February Auckland Villa Maria Winery
    Thursday 20 February Invercargill Anderson Park
    Friday 21 February Gibbston Valley Waitiri Creek
    Saturday 22 February Waipara Waipara Hills
    Sunday 23 February Greymouth ANZAC Park
    Thursday 27 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Friday 28 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Saturday 1 March Blenheim Villa Maria Winery


    2013 History

    Fat Freddy’s Drop, Anika Boh & Hollie, The Adults

    Saturday 2 February Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
    Sunday 3 February Tutukaka Tutukaka Marina Reserve
    Tuesday 5 February Gisborne Brunton Road
    Wednesday 6 February Napier Church Road
    Friday 8 February Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
    Saturday 9 February Martinborough Alana Estate
    Sunday 10 February Mangatainoka Tui Brewery
    Tuesday 12 February New Plymouth Sentry Hill Winery
    Saturday 16 February Waipara The Mud House Winery & Café
    Sunday 17 February Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium
    Tuesday 19 February Gibbston Valley Waitiri Creek
    Friday 22 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Saturday 23 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Sunday 24 February Blenheim Villa Maria Winery
    Friday 1 March Tauranga Wharepai Domain
    Saturday 2 March Auckland Villa Maria Winery
    Sunday 3 March Hamilton Mystery Creek



    2012 History

    Gin Wigmore, The Mutton Birds, Avalanche City

    Friday 3 February Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
    Saturday 4 February Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
    Sunday 5 February Tutukaka Marina Reserve
    Friday 10 February Tauranga Wharepai Domain
    Saturday 11 February Gisborne Brunton Road
    Sunday 12 February Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
    Monday 13 February Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
    Thursday 16 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Friday 17 February Upper Moutere Neudorf Vineyards
    Saturday 18 February Waipara The Mud House Winery & Café
    Sunday 19 February Dunedin Logan Park
    Tuesday 21 February Cromwell Olssen’s Vineyard
    Thursday 23 February Blenheim Villa Maria Estate
    Saturday 25 February Martinborough Alana Estate
    Sunday 26 February New Plymouth Sentry Hill Estate
    Friday 2 March Hamilton Vilagrad Winery
    Saturday 3 March Auckland Villa Maria Estate


    For full history see the full Winery Tour website:



  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • News



    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour will be returning in 2017 with an all star lineup featuring two of New Zealand’s most successful artists of all time, Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga, and exciting newcomer  Benny Tipene.

    The Winery Tour 2017 will present eleven shows around New Zealand, celebrating the Kiwi summer in the best way possible, with outstanding music and great wine in some of New Zealand’s most idyllic wineries and outdoor venues.

    Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga have each won the APRA silver scroll for Song of the Year, been awarded a total of 32 NZ music awards between them, and have combined catalogue sales of more than 650,000 albums in NZ alone (a whopping 43 x platinum), including 21 top forty singles. Their songs are woven into the very fabric of New Zealand life: Something in the Water, Sway, Better, Drive, Arithmetic, Something Good, Shadowfeet, Get Some Sleep, Deciphering Me and many, many more.

    Los Angeles-based Brooke Fraser will return home to headline the 2017 Tour, following the release of her first career retrospective album “A Sides”, which will include her upcoming single “Therapy”. “The Winery Tour is quite simply a dream to play, there is no better way to tour New Zealand. I am looking forward to getting home to play all the favourites from my career so far to the best fans in the world” says Brooke.

    Having played on the very first Winery Tour back in 2007, Bic Runga returns to tour the vines once again. Bic will be celebrating her induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (the youngest ever inductee) and her brand new album “Close Your Eyes” (including the single of the same name), showcasing her interpretations of some of music’s most classic songs. Bic adds “I’m excited to rejoin the Winery Tour family, to hit the road again and to play all my songs and some of my favourite covers in the most spectacular venues”.

    Opening the show will be Winery Tour newcomer Benny Tipene, an exciting new talent rapidly making a very big name for himself in NZ. Benny exploded onto the airwaves with four hits from his debut album ‘Bricks’ including the #1 platinum single “Walking on Water” and top ten gold single “Lonely”. Benny is busy completing his second album in time for the Winery Tour, an album which will include his brand new single “Where Love Comes From”.

    “Touring all around New Zealand, playing amazing places, sharing the stage with two musical icons – what a great way to spend summer!” says Benny.

    Promoters Brent Eccles and Campbell Smith are delighted that The Winery Tour has reached the ten year milestone: “We love the Winery Tour, it’s simply the best and most fun tour we produce” says Smith. “We can scarcely believe that we have clocked up 139 shows over the past decade, most of them truly amazing gigs, by great NZ artists in stunning NZ locations. We just want more of the same and we know the fans do too. We couldn’t think of a better bill to celebrate this milestone, the 2017 Winery Tour is destined to be one of the very best”.

    Tickets go on sale on midday 31st October at an Early Bird price of $69 (+booking fee), until 30 November 2016. On 1 December full price tickets will go on sale for $79 (+booking fee). Children under the age of 12 will be granted free entry when accompanied by an adult ticket holder (one child per ticket holder). For ticket information and to purchase please see The Winery Tour website – special bus tickets will also be available.

  • Reviews


    As the sun set amidst the vines of Hawke’s Bay’s Black Barn Vineyards, Brooke Fraser stole the show, gracing the sold out crowd with her undeniable presence and stand-out vocals.

    Rewind a few hours and the 10th Winery Tour began with new comer Benny Tipene taking to the stage with a selection of hits from his from his EP, ‘Toulouse’, debut album ‘Bricks’ and latest single ‘Where Love Comes From’.

    While his 50-minute set was just a taste of what is yet to come, he performed a seamless line-up of crowd favourites like ‘Lonely’ and ‘Walking on Water’.

    The X Factor finalist along with his two musicians, Dave Wilson (bass) and Tom Broome (guitar) certainly didn’t lack confidence, yet as he interacted with the crowd he appeared somewhat nervous.

    His rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Need Your Love’ proved a big hit and as he closed his set with ‘Make You Mine’, he told the audience he would be at the merchandise tent to sign autographs.

    Veteran of the New Zealand music scene, Bic Runga was given the opportunity to shine and share her distinct sound – albeit with few words in between.

    On stage with her partner and drummer Kody Nielsen, she entertained the crowd, shrouded in a sense of mystery and with a shyness to her.

    Her talents did not go unnoticed, trying her hand at the keyboard, harmonica and guitar, all while showcasing her interpretations of some of music’s most classic songs and her brand new album ‘Close Your Eyes’.

    However, fans were undoubtedly here to see LA based Brooke who has been in our hearts and minds since 2002 and although it may have been 15 years since she first walked onto the music scene, nothing has changed.

    Her 90-minute set almost didn’t seem long-enough, with songs from her first retrospective album, ‘A Sides’ which was released late last year.

    She paid homage to her roots, with the acoustic pop sounds of ‘Better’, ‘Deciphering Me’ and ‘Coachella”.

    As the night rolled on, she showed herself to be a true performer, grabbing the mic and dancing around the stage.

    As she spoke to the crowd, she revealed that she had brought her ‘own grape’ to the winery, before giving the crowd a glimpse of her steadily growing baby bump.

    One of her favourite songs, Je Suis Pret refers to her time in Scotland, where she discovered her Scottish maiden name’s family crest, ‘Fraser’ was a strawberry – much to her disbelief.

    She jokingly added that “which of course meant that my ancestors when they went into war and battle in the Hylands, other people would be carrying big pictures of bears and my family were carrying big pictures of fruit. So it wasn’t quite as hardcore as I was hoping for.”

    ‘Something in the Water’ was another crowd favourite, with everyone singing along, before she disappeared, making it seem like her short set had come to an end, yet she reappeared providing three songs, including ‘C.S Lewis Song’, ‘What to do with Daylight’ and a cover of Crowded House’s ‘Better Be Home Soon’.

    With the final bow, four hours of top-class music had come to an end.

    Afterwards, she surfaced again at the merchandise stand, where a long line of people waited eagerly to meet the superstar and she did not disappoint, taking time to sign merchandise, have a quick selfie and engage in a few words.

    The Winery Tour provided a selection of world-class music, at a top-class venue.

    It’s not often that three musicians in their own right can come together and pull off a seamless show – yet that’s exactly what Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga and Benny Tipene did last night.

    Astrid Austin – Hawkes Bay Today

    Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Supergroove and Anika Moa deliver a enjoyable mix of fireworks and song power on this year's Winery Tour (2015)

    Past Winery Tours – this is the eight annual trek – have often ended at the Villa Maria Estate. This time the Mangere vineyard was second of the 11 dates, taking advantage of Auckland Anniversary Weekend rather than its usual mid-to-late February slot.

    Given Sunday’s cloudless sky that was a good call. Though there was still plenty of space among the nearly 4000 spread across the lawns.

    Of course, people were out commemorating Auckland’s continued existence in other ways – driving home, it looked like the Waikaraka Park Speedway had a good crowd too

    But this show made for a fine celebration of a couple of Auckland musical institutions.

    At the top of the bill, Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan combined for a tag-team greatest hits run through their respective songbooks.

    This wasn’t the hushed reverent ballad-heavy approach of their 2013 church tour together but a happy full-band bash with all the bells and whistles – and sometimes a borrowed Supergroove horn section.

    And in the case of Slice of Heaven near the end, all of Supergroove subbing for Herbs’ original backing part.

    The opening Dominion Roadblew the candles out on Auckland birthday’s cake nicely before Dobbyn’s Languagechugged forth … and so it went, like an extended Kiwi music game of last card.

    Have to say, sometimes McGlashan’s vocals needed some more breathing space in the mix and fulsome arrangements. The nuances in the likes of White Valiant got lost in the party-heartiness of the delivery.

    But Dobbyn’s keening voice just cut on through everything he sang, from ye olde pub rockers like Be Mine Tonight through to a bouncy Love You Like I Should buoyed by the Supergroove players who also helped blow the fallen leaves out of Nature straight after.

    If the second half of the set was one here’s-the-one-you’ve-been-waiting-for encore number after another, the actual encores themselves were still special with McGlashan’s Anchor Me paired with Dobbyn’s Welcome Homedelivering a nicely poignant arms-aloft finish.

    Four hours earlier, it was Winery Tour veteran Anika Moa who got the evening off a highly entertaining start with her solo-ish set which mixed old and new numbers – as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams – with her between-song comedy sideline.

    As funny as she was – her intro to My Old Man suggested itself as the start of a sequel to Boy – some of her new songs, like Lover sure sound heartbroken.

    But with help from producer Jol Mulholland who joined on her stage for much of her set, they aren’t just acoustic guitar mopes but songs that sound a bit, well … “If you think I’m trying to be like Lorde, well I am,” she deadpanned.

    And on first listen it sounds like it’s working out rather well. She was hilarious and heartfelt too.

    Then came Supergroove, who turned the stage with its giant inflatable roof into a funk-rock bouncy castle full of excitable blokes channeling the wild adolescents they once were. Which might sound worrying but it was glorious.

    Especially with a set peppered with some surprises among the expected hits – some of Che Fu’s solo cuts, an unleashing of the band’s best unreleased song Dig In, and Che’s saxophonist son Loxmyn joining the band on stage for a few numbers.

    Supergroove: The Next Generation? Well the old one clearly hasn’t lost its live mojo or its sense of humour.

    Next anniversary weekend, how about we put them on a barge, push them out into the harbour, and let them be the fireworks?

    Russell Baillie - NZ Herald

    The Winery Tour featuring The Exponents, Stan Walker and Breaks Co-Op at Waipara Hills (2014)

    Sun, sauvignon and song – what could be sweeter?

    Fresh from the beach, sand still between our toes, we arrived at Waipara Hills, formerly the Mud House, and I heard the sounds of Breaks Co-Op through a grapevine.

    Andy Lovegrove’s vocals were sublime, even when he was being harassed by a bee. Joined for these shows by Paul McLaney, and Christchurch musicians Richie Pickard and Mark Vanilau, Breaks Co-Op’s latest tracks from their first album in 8 years, Sounds Familiar, came to life, adding new dimensions and depth. Well received by the crowd, a roar of approval accompanied the opening bars of their massive hit The Otherside.

    Stan Walker and his crew of back-up dancers also had the crowd on their feet and dancing, offering up well known hits like Black Box and Bulletproof, newer songs from Inventing Myself, alongside a cover of Don’t Dream It’s Over in te reo.

    He also spoke from the heart about bullying and poignantly dedicated his song Bully  to “a friend in her 40s who had taken her own life”, presumably in reference to the tragic death of Charlotte Dawson.

    Marking the third anniversary of the 2011 earthquake, Jordan Luck, frontman of The Exponents, extolled Cantabrians to raise a glass to themselves before leading a minute’s silence in honour of “those souls who were lost”.

    Then it was a fun nostalgic stroll through the back catalogue of one of New Zealand’s greatest songwriters.  Often taken for granted, The Exponents songs are full of our stories and landscapes and hearing songs like Christchurch (In Cashel St I Wait), Lulu, Like She Said, Sink Like A Stone and more in a beautiful outdoor venue, as opposed to a pub, emphasized this.

    Luck dedicated songs to folks who had come from Reefton, mates from Geraldine and also did an impressive cover of The Angels’ No Secrets in reference to a member of the Australian group who is unwell.

    As we bundled sleepy children, tired from dancing, into the car, The Exponents were playing Victoria, a song that has long been a personal touchstone. The night was warm and still and just for a moment it seemed like the stars shone brighter.

    While the trio of acts may have seemed an unlikely match on paper, under the warmth of the Canterbury sun, the plains stretching out in every direction around us, they complimented each other well and offered thousands of Cantabrians a fantastic, diverse evening’s entertainment.

    Vicki Anderson - The Press

    Kiwi 'supergroups' wow in laidback style (2013)

    Conditions for this four-pronged show were perfect – warm, no wind and not a cloud in the sky.

    It made a usually festive, picnic atmosphere for the annual Winery Tour an even more relaxed event, and this seemed to touch the performers.

    Half the entertainment from The Adults – the first of two Kiwi “supergroups” in the lineup – came from self-deprecating jokes from Shihad’s Jon Toogood and Julia Deans, although Shayne Carter was unusually reticent, preferring to underpin each song with atmospheric guitar play.

    A strong set included One Million Ways, Up and Gone, as well as the ballad Anniversary Day, and Deans comfortably filling in on Ladi6’s album vocal duties on the funky Nothing to Lose.

    The Adults’ debut was one of the best Kiwi albums of 2011. This confirmed them as one of our best bands.

    Anika Moa (wearing a blue polka-dot dress), Boh Runga (bright red dress) and Hollie Smith (bright yellow dress) had me at first thinking they’d tapped their inner Wiggle.

    But, like The Adults, Anika, Boh & Hollie have managed to be more than the sum of their parts with new songs as a trio, including Don’t Really Care and the psychedelic-tinged Peace of Mind. On occasion they were also wickedly funny.

    Fat Freddy’s Drop also confirmed what I’ve felt about other Kiwi acts, including Shihad and The Datsuns: While proficient on albums, it’s playing live at which these bands really excel. Silver and Gold was stunning. The band has seamlessly incorporated horns into its sound.

    Regrettably, I missed opener New Zealand’s Got Talent winner Clara van Wel, although I could hear her as I scrambled down the long entrance to the vineyard.

    Friends who had arrived earlier – and had no idea who she was – were nonetheless very impressed.

    Tom Cardy - The Dominion Post

    Gin, with wine, is a tonic (2012)

    With the largest crowd yet in attendance, over 5000 people, for this leg of the 17-date Classic Hits Winery tour, aperitif act Avalanche City’s oft-played tune Love Love Love proved an accurate description of the crowd’s collective mood.

    The lineup of Gin Wigmore, the reformed Mutton Birds and Avalanche City was a surprisingly savvy one. While it seemed an incongruous mix on paper, all three acts connected and engaged the all-ages crowd.

    Up in the crush of bodies near the front of the stage, I felt a tug at the back of my skirt and apprehensively swung around, ready to give someone the beady eye. I looked down to see a little girl aged around 4 trying to push her way closer to the stage.

    Later I saw her on her dad’s shoulders, fists pumping the sky along to the richly textured instrumental depths of Mutton Bird’s Queen’s English. Frontman Don McGlashan, bassist and co-vocalist Alan Gregg, guitarist David Long and drummer Ross Burge reunited just for this tour after a decade apart.

    Their performance was less about nostalgia and more a celebration of the spectacular alchemy which happens when these musicians get together. It was delightful to fall headlong into their detailed, clever storytelling once again.

    The Mutton Birds dedicated a song written about “this part of the world”, Too Close to the Sun to Christchurch. It was breathtaking for its subtle depth and exquisite harmonies. In particular, the inimitable Burge seemed to be really enjoying himself, I could have listened to him for hours.

    On A Thing Well Made, they might have been talking about themselves, and experiencing the transformative power of music such as this, refreshed in new clothes in a picturesque outdoor setting under a big sky, was magical.

    The clever timing of McGlashan on euphonium during The Heater, made it feel as if time stood still momentarily.

    After coaching the willing crowd into two-part harmonies for The Fourmyula cover, Nature, McGlashan stood with a cheeky smile and admonished the crowd down the back for not singing loudly enough.

    Then he smashed his guitar to smithereens on stage. Today instrument destruction is seen as a somewhat self-indulgent act, but to witness someone as gentlemanly as McGlashan annihilate an instrument was strangely cathartic, if somewhat unexpected. He grinned all the while, woodchips flying.

    Everyone sang Nature together loudly after that. At the end of their set, the Mutton Birds signed the biggest chunk left of the guitar, and McGlashan gifted it to a 48-year-old fan celebrating his birthday.

    Headliner Gin Wigmore was greeted by unfettered adulation from the crowd.

    Wine with a sharp, sweet-and-sour tang can be described as having acescence, and the description is also an apt one for Wigmore.

    Her song descriptions – “this one’s a nasty motherf…er” – caused parents to hastily cover their children’s ears, but her high energy set had the crowd enthralled right from the start.

    Dedicating her sweet ukulele ballad I Do, with its touch of Somewhere Over the Rainbow to Christchurch was well received.

    Wigmore described the venue and crowd “as the best on the tour”. She was in excellent form herself.

    The night peaked with the darker numbers off last year’s Gravel & Wine album, particularly the hip-shaking Man Like That and One Last Look, the seductive Dirty Love and the growling psychobilly of Kill of the Night which showcased the range of her unique voice.

    Crowd favourites included her hits Black Sheepand Under My Skin.

    It seems Gin and wine go together after all.

    Vicki Anderson - The Press

    THREE'S A CROWD (2011)

    About 2000 people turned out to the Ascension vineyard last night despite the drizzling rain and congested peak hour traffic to watch Midnight Youth, Op Shop and Brooke Fraser perform.

    Families, fold out chairs, blankets, wine, and a little bit of down home with a sign on the fridge in the wine tent reading, “No staff in this fridge, there is temporarily 1/4 of a bull in here,” made for a warm and welcoming family atmosphere.

    Unfortunately traffic meant we missed Midnight Youth but arrived at the beginning of OpShop’s set with Jason Kerrison already holding the doting crowd in the palm of his hand with his Kiwi charm, offering to see them all afterwards for a beer. Despite some more unusual addresses like asking the “humans” in the audience to wave their hands in the air, people really do seem to think Kerrison is the man.

    Energetic on stage with his signature voice resonating through the vines, he bounced around the stage delivering a mixture of songs from both his new album Until the End of Time and old faves like One Day, leaving the audience happy and hyped ready for the beautiful Brooke Fraser to take the stage.

    And an impressive stage it was, as was the sound which was excellent for an outdoor gig.

    Fraser arrived to an welcoming audience who she spoke to throughout the set – acknowleding the people on the grass bank, who she thought might been having a bit of “hanky panky” warning them to make sure it was safe.

    Better than her slightly awkward crowd addresses was her singing. Fresh from sold out tours in the US, Canada and London her voice was as clear as ever, delivering a beautiful cover of a Nina Simone song and easily getting the crowd on board to sing old favourites like Better.

    Getting a beer or a wine was easy, and my Ascension Sav was delicious and well priced. Food stalls selling among other things – popcorn and Belgium sausages were well recieved, but many chose to bring picnics.

    My advice – bring a fold out chair unless you are getting there early to avoid being stuck craning your neck.

    With older people on their chairs nodding their heads to the tunes, babies charming strangers for crackers and couples snogging in the trees, the More FM winery tour got New Zealanders out to support local musicians. Win.

    Nicola Russell -

    Stars shine at Tutukaka (2010)

    Tutukaka had its biggest concert in more than a decade last night when national music icons Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn played the third date on their nationwide winery tour.

    The show featured performances by Finn, Dobbyn, Runga, singing many of their – and New Zealand’s – greatest songs.

    Boh Runga and Che Fu also performed an amazing set at the show.
    The tour kicked off with sold out performances at Matakana’s Ascension Wine Estate, 10km northeast of Warkworth, and an hour south of Whangarei, for the first two dates of the 18-show tour on Friday and Saturday.
    It’s also almost a decade since Finn, Bic Runga and Dobbyn first shared the stage performing their own and each others’ hits.

    The trio provided a two-hour, back-to-back selection of all of the singers’ famous hits – songs that have cemented them as New Zealand music stars.
    Boh Runga performed songs from the Stellar* songbook as well as her solo material and was joined on stage by Supergroove frontman and solo star Che Fu, who brought his own hits such as Fade Away and Misty Frequencies to the set.
    The tour is the first time the two powerful vocalists will have performed together.

    The Northern Advocate

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