The vision of the Wine Connection Working Group is to make is obvious that Renwick is in the heart of New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region!
Right now, whether you are a visitor or a resident, you wouldn’t know by driving through or stopping in the village, that we are smack bang in the middle of vineyards that produce one of the most desired wine styles ALL OVER THE WORLD!
As the wine industry continues to grow, Renwick has the opportunity to play a more and more important part. We want to make it a hub – the place to experience the Marlborough’s premier wine-growing region, the place that all stakeholders are proud to be a part of and the place that profits from such a visible collaboration.
We want Renwick to embrace its enviable position so that no one can be in doubt of what makes it a special place to live, work and visit.
The ‘Wineification’ of Renwick
Together with the Beautification Working Group (who are working on a number of their own projects), we are working towards a more ‘wine’ look and feel for the village. This includes the flags down the main street, the entrances on State Highway 1 and State Highway 6 and winery signage (one sign with all the local winery names on – a little bit like this idea).
We’d love to open a Renwick combined cellar door but that might be a wee while away, along with our long-term goal of twinning with the village of Sancerre in France’s beautiful Loire Valley. Sancerre is also renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc!
The first Renwick Harvest Party
Created to bring the township of Renwick and the local wine industry closer together, we hosted a party to celebrate the 2016 grape harvest. Held at the Rousehill Reserve on March 12, the event was a great success, enjoyed by families, neighbours and friends. 12 Renwick wineries came along to pour their wines and chat to locals about the harvest and their wine styles. With a bouncy castle, games for the kids, grape-crushing and more, we believe we have started a great community tradition. Bring on next year!
New flags down High Street
The first of three new sets of wine-themed flags have been installed. The two other sets will be used later in the year as well as appropriate designs based on local events such as the Forrest Grape Ride.
More coming – watch this space!