An intermittent diary of happenings as we live rewarding lives harvesting grapes and making wines at Murdoch James Estate in Martinborough, New Zealand.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Last Sunday, 20th of November celebrated 20 years of Toast Martinborough.
It was a beautiful day with over 11,500 people sharing good food, wine and music with the region's wineries.
A wonderful day was had by all at our Toast Martinborough site this year. The crowd was huge and well behaved, the music great, and the food from Guten Apetit Catering was fantastic.
Sadly at other locations a small minority spoiled the day for some, through over-indulgence. That we had none of that on our site shows just how well organised it was. A lot of the credit for the organisation of a very professionally run site must go to Nicola, a valued member of the Murdoch James team. And what better way to show our appreciation than with flowers!!!
We had several acts on stage, including the Thomas Oliver Band and Ladi6, and estimate over 50% of the total crowd joined us for at least part of the day. Like all festivals we had the crowd come in waves and at times the challenge was being able to serve them all in a timely manner. We were very quiet in the morning, when the crowd followed tradition, by starting at TK, then very busy mid-afternoon, then quiet again late afternoon as the festival goes moved on to other wineries to close out the day. At the busy times, Nicola's systems played their part.
It is hard to spell out in words what a terrific day Toast Martinborough is; the pictures tell a better story. Even better still, come next year, and see for yourself. But you have to be quick - tickets can sell out in less than half an hour after release!!
And for those folk who gave us feedback on what we could do better next year, rest assured we have taken the comments aboard.
We are a family owned vineyard in Martinborough, regarded by many as New Zealand's finest Pinot Noir region.
My wife Jill manages the business, I am responsible for sales and exports, and our son Carl makes the wines. We have a great vineyard and office team; Nicola - Carl's partner looks after marketing and sales, Lynn - office' Wonder Woman' looks after all our administration, while Cliff, Dan, Chris and Steve keep our vineyard looking the best in town!
It is a fun place to work, and the wines are pretty good too!