I've covered a variety of charity wine auctions in the U.S. but we do not have the monopoly on wine auctions. The Midlands Hawke's Bay Charity Wine Auction in New Zealand
is an annual event that raises money for the Hawke's Bay's Cranford Hospice. Each year, New Zealand's winemakers create a variety of lots including oversized bottles and tasting dinners and other unique lots such as the Alpha Domus winery
offering which includes a six liter Methuzela Aviator En Premieur and the chance to be a winemaker for the day and blend your own Aviator wine from the 2007 vintage. The auction will also feature a 12 liter bottle of Esk Valley's red wine, The Terraces, 1991 vintage that has been bought and sold at the auction several times.
The 16th annual auction
will be held in the Hawke's Bay Opera House in Hastings on June 3. Tickets to the auction are $140 and a tasting will also be held here on June 1 for $40 per person. Each year there is also a special painting which is used in the event poster and then auctioned off. This year's auction painting is by a leading Maori artist, Hastings-based Sandy Adsett.