Welly Gets its first Taste of the Boutique Wine Festival

July 30, 2021
Boutique Wine Festival 2019

After a literal non-event in 2020 due to Covid, The Boutique Wine Festival is back for 2021 and now Wellington gets its first chance to sample some of the best boutique wines from around the country. 

The team at Craft’d Events, a bunch of women who have been in the events industry since before ‘digital’ was even a thing, have taken hold of the reins for 2021 and now the Boutique Wine Festival is back – and it has a new sibling, the Welly Boutique Wine Festival. 

Auckland Boutique wine festival 2019

The focus of the Boutique Wine Festivals is to singularly promote, support and showcase New Zealand’s small wine producers, providing an experiential platform for them to share their products, their innovation and genuine passion, face-to-face with the festival attendees.    

The Boutique Wine Festival is one New Zealand’s original wine festivals, beginning in Auckland back in 2013.  After eight years, the mission of the festivals remains the same, however, the offerings, operation and execution are now much more refined and have been digitally upgraded with a super-human team from Craft’d Events producing them.   

 Graham Henry at the boutique Wine festival 2019

Craft’d Events CEO Sue Duncan says that when she purchased the festival in 2017, one of her long-term goals was to bring the festival to Wellington. That goal has now been accomplished with the Welly Boutique Wine Festival included in the line-up for Visa Wellington On A Plate 2021, which is held throughout August. 

Both the Wellington and Auckland wine festivals will have over 20 wine producers and each of those wineries will have at least 4 wines to taste.  Attendees can spend relaxed afternoons listening to live tunes while discovering some hidden gems from New Zealand’s famous wine regions.  All matched with locally inspired tapas platters that complement our unique Kiwi wine styles. 

Yvonne Lorkin at the Boutique Wine Festival 2019

When you purchase your ticket to the Boutique Wine Festival, you’ll get: 


  • Festival entry 
  • Luigi Bormioli festival wine glass to keep 
  • Free master class entry 
  • Live entertainment 
  • Food trucks/premium food offering 
  • A festival programme  

$ 85 VIP TICKET (Auckland only this year) INCLUDES 

  • Priority festival entry 
  • Luigi Bormioli premium festival wine glass to keep 
  • Free master class entry 
  • VIP lounge access: 
    • All-day grazing station 
    • Hosted by resident sommelier 
    • Exhibitor ‘cellared’ wines only available in the VIP area 
  • Live entertainment 
  • Food trucks or premium snacks, lunches, dinners 
  • A festival programme 

The Welly Boutique Wine Festival will be held on Saturday 28 August 2021. Click here to purchase your tickets.

The Auckland Boutique Wine Festival will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021.  Click here to purchase your tickets.

Both festivals are R18.   

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