Vino Fino runs weekly wine tastings most Tuesdays at 6pm.

These informal tastings cover a variety of themes and include visiting wine makers, Cuisine Top 10 plus special focus tastings. All you need is to be able to enjoy wine!

Bookings (phone, email or in person – Sorry not online) are required for these – Credit card details required at the time of booking, with payment on the night. Please advise if not attending as we usually have a waiting list. Note we accept cancellations up until 5pm the day before the tasting, otherwise the card will be charged for any “no shows” Thank you.

Please phone us (03) 3655134 or email wine@vinofino.co.nz to confirm bookings.


The Crater Rim with Haydon Good

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018
Time: 6.00pm
Where: Vino Fino, 188 Durham St
Cost: $20 for bookings please phone 3655134 or email wine@vinofino.co.nz

We sell a lot of Waipara’s Crater Rim wine but do you really know the stories? There’s been a number of changes over the past few years and tonight we’ll get to see what is happening there. The changes have been guided by Haydon Good, winemaker and viticulturist for The Crater Rim since 2014. After an early career as a Mechanical Project Engineer for a stainless steel fabricator, he went on to study Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University.

Since then, he has travelled the wine world, working vintages in a number of new world and old world regions – including two in Martinborough for Julicher Estate, the Okanagan Valley at the highly acclaimed Quail’s Gate, Grant Burge in the Barossa and at Karl Joseph Loewen in the Mosel. Haydon worked as the winemaker for Stéphane Montez in the Northern Rhone valley for two years. During this time he practiced traditional winemaking techniques, which have become the basis of his winemaking philosophy.

Haydon’s philosophy in the winery is based on creating wines of character and quality through a policy of watchful, non-interventionist winemaking. He uses a combination of new and traditional techniques and technology to allow the fruit to become wine. Haydon focuses on allowing the vineyard character to shine through to produce complete, balanced and unique wines – this is reflected in The Crater Rim’s aim to produce a range of wines from each of the varieties and sites in our range.

Akarua with Zoe Ladyman

Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Time: 6.00pm
Where: Vino Fino, 188 Durham St
Cost: $20 for bookings please phone 3655134 or email wine@vinofino.co.nz
Akarua is one of the largest vineyard owners in Central Otago with over 120 ha including the ‘Home’ block at Cairnmuir, plantings in Felton Road, Lowburn, and Kawarau. The company recently added the 25 Steps vines to the holdings, and now the Pisa Range vineyard which has some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the district. Their prime focus is making classical Bannockburn Pinot Noir but they have many other strings to their bow. Tonight Akarua’s International Sales Manager, Zoe Ladyman, will be here to take us through a fine selection of Akarua’s wines.