`Fill your own’ day among plans for winery’

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People who love pinot noir wine can bottle their own at a Waimate vineyard soon.
Point Bush Estates is making the unusual offer on April 9 to take advantage of the maturing vintage that “tastes so good”, executive chef Luzette Crossan said.
Bottles and caps will be provided to people who go along at noon on the day. Patrons will be helped to fill a bottle, then have it capped and labelled.
The event, which runs until 6pm, includes canapes and wine tastings on arrival, live music, tours of the estate, and cooking demonstrations.
A children’s area will be provided, with treats such as grape juice to taste.
The adults will dine on delicacies made from foods grown on the premises where possible, Mrs Crossan said _ such as stuffed vine leaves and pears poached in pinot noir.
Tickets cost $20 (under-18s are free), with the freshly-filled bottles $12 each.
The initiative is the first of a series aimed at boosting activities in what was traditionally a quiet time of year, Mrs Crossan said.
The second, called Barrel Hall Dining, is scheduled for April 23. Sittings at 5pm and 8pm will cater for a maximum of 12 people, who will partake of four-course “Trust the Chef Dining”. A courtesy van will be provided.
The third event, on May 22, is an “Autumn Food & Wine Pairing Evening”, with a glass of bubbles on arrival, a winery tour, a chat with the winemaker, and a four-course meal.
Further information is available online at www.pointbush.co.nz