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Taking place from September 21 until October 31 2017, the magnifique events of Sofitel Wine Days offer guests, visitors and locals the opportunity to deepen their enological knowledge through a round-the-world tour of wines in celebration of wine and French art de vivre.

About Sofitel Wine Days The traditional wine harvest period in France occurs in September and October. It was therefore only natural for Sofitel to choose this time of year to introduce guests to its annual “Wine Days” program, which takes place between September 21 and October 31. Wines Days represents a complete enological experience, providing an ideal framework for guests to benefit from Sofitel’s “savoir-faire”. Over the past 50 years, Sofitel has seen its expertise go from strength to strength, thanks to its master sommeliers, a high-calibre wine library and the exceptional wines served at this occasion. This global initiative brings together hotels from around the world, hosting events that will delight amateurs and aficionados alike as they discover the secrets of wine.

A Round-the-world tour of wines to celebrate the 6th edition of Wine Days

In France, wine is an institution of international renown, owing its uniqueness to the wealth of terroirs and the diversity of blends. Whether European or from a far corner of the world, the number of grape varieties is astonishing. With this in this mind, Sofitel will once again present an all-encompassing overview of wines. An array of international wines have been selected by Sofitel’s sommeliers, allowing guests to discover each of their specific features and taste profiles. Australia, Argentina, Portugal and New Zealand – all of these wine regions will be showcased in a voyage of the senses. A number of tastings, “Wines of the World” events, discussions and meetings with local wine experts will be held at Sofitel hotels. Depending on the location, guests will be invited to enjoy delicious wine-based cocktails, take part in traditional and blind tasting sessions and even bid at auctions. Wine will, of course, take center stage during dinners and brunches, with gourmet menus created especially for the Sofitel Wine Days events.

Wine Days events guide across Australia and New Zealand  Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour  Grape Cocktail, each Thursday until 31st OctoberThe team at Sofitel Auckland have created a bespoke French wine and liqueur based cocktail menu for guests to sample each Thursday throughout the duration of Sofitel Wine Days at the hotel’s Sabrage Bar and Lava Restaurant. Price: cocktails priced from NZ$17. French Fridays, each Friday until 31st October

Offering a unique blend of French Heritage and local culture, each Friday guests will be delighted by a special menu of French wines, champagnes and beer at Sabrage Bar served with complimentary New Zealand cheese and canapes.

Price: as per menu.

Five course degustation with matching winesGuests are invited to enjoy a five course degustation menu at Lava Restaurant designed and prepared by Sebastian Hindrichs, Executive Chef at Sofitel Auckland. Each of the five courses have been expertly matched with French wines from a range of different regions. Price: $155 per person, including matching wines.

For more information about these events, visit

About Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour commands a unique and very special maritime location facing the water of the Waltemata Basin in the bustling Viaduct Harbour, the heart of Auckland city. Bold, stylish yet elegantly understated, the hotel’s dramatic water filled lobby, chic interiors and tranquil private marina are perfect complements to a city popularly known as the City of Sails. As a showcase of innovative New Zealand design the hotel appears to float at the point where ocean meets land and offers guests city and sea views.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Blind Tasting, 6th October 2017

Sofitel’s French sommelier, Alex Liquito,will expands guests’ knowledge to help them discover which wine suits them best. Alex was recently awarded a 2 Glass Rating in the 2017 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards. Blind tasting to tempt the senses and taste buds will take place between 4.30pm – 5.30pm. Guests who guess the wine varietal will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in room81 restaurant.

Price: Complimentary.

Chardonnay Wine Flight, 10th – 14th October 2017

A unique experience for wine lovers to celebrate new French Art de Vivre with room81’s Chardonnay wine flight. Originating in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, guests will discover the different climates, oaked and unoaked, as well as the wine making skills which all contribute to producing a quality Australian Chardonnay.

Price: $35 per person.

Shiraz Wine Flight, 17th – 21st October 2017

Ambassador of the new French Art de Vivre all over the world, Sofitel invites guests to discover magnifique wines with room81’s Shiraz wine flight. Originating from the Rhône wine region in France, discover the different climates, blends of grapes, picking periods and the wine making skills which all contribute to producing a hearty Australian shiraz.

Price: $35 per person.

Wine Tour 27th, October 2017

In homage of the traditional wine harvesting season in France, guests will be transported to the campagne français. Guests will journey through the lobby at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, discovering the wine regions of France, sample a variety of wines which are most renowned in each region accompanied by a mouth-watering, French inspired morsel. Price: Complimentary. For more information about these events, please call 07 5592 2250.

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