Local bidders at the 21st Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers’ Charity Wine Auction this Queen’s Birthday Weekend can expect some international competition if a move by organisers to entice online bidding is successful.
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers’ executive officer, Lyn Bevin is emailing her database of international wine media and trade contacts encouraging them to check out the 33 lots on the specially commissioned Charity Wine Auction website launched this week, and inviting them to register as bidders.
“We trialled the online bidding last year and it attracted a number of bidders from around the country. Now that we know it can work well with our format, we’re extending our audience overseas,” says Ms Bevin.
On offer at www.charitywineauction.co.nz are distinguished Hawke’s Bay wines, a number of which have been created especially for the Auction, plus degustation dinners, and unique artwork including a sculpture by nationally renowned artist, Ricks Terstappen.