With his inspiring energy and lifelong dedication to pioneering progression in the wine industry, Čuvar is the vision of legendary wine entrepreneur and Villa Maria founder, Sir George Fistonich.
Čuvar, (pronounced chu-var) translates to guardian in Croatian. Čuvar pays homage to the Croatian wine pioneers and many others, who played an important part in shaping what New Zealand’s wine story is today.
The most recent addition to the Hawkes Bay wine scene, the winery is based in the former Esk Valley winery site in Bayview, a site Sir George himself planted over 30 years ago.
In this exclusive collaboration F.A.W.C!ers be among the first to experience an evening of exquisite Croatian inspired cuisine paired to Čuvar wines.
Chief winemaker Michelle Richardson will be on hand to take us through the wines, known for her extraordinary ability to translate the essence of a country, region, vineyard, or even a single row, Michelle will cover the history of this great winemaking family, their time establishing and running the renowned Villa Maria winery and the incredible passion that has driven the development of this new winery.
Paired with a four-course menu of only the freshest Hawke’s Bay produce, and expertly prepared by Central Fire Station’s Head Chef Sam Clark, this is an evening that few will want to miss.
Ticket price includes four courses and small dessert, and four wine matches, one per course.
F.A.W.C! is a series of exceptional food and wine experiences set in stunning locations in Hawke’s Bay. Running twice a year, F.A.W.C! is a chance to get up close and personal with chefs and food producers, wine makers and the clever people that make up the New Zealand food and wine scene. F.A.W.C! Summer Series runs over March 15-24.
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