The grape debate

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Ferment will be created when Central Otago winemakers and viticulturists square off for a Queens-town charity debate next month.

The Colliers International Grape Debate takes place on September 21 at Gibbston’s The Winehouse, adjudicated by Jeremy Corbett.

Proceeds go to Alexandra-based youth-led charity Sticks ‘n Stones, which works to combat youth bullying and depression.

The moot is: “It’s the vineyard guys that deserve the credit, not the winemakers.”

Hawke’s Bay-based organiser Bex Tacon says: “Winemakers are a bit like backs in rugby: they get all the credit and love a good photo op.

“But the thing is, winemakers are nothing without the viticulturists doing the hard yards – they’re the rugby forwards of the team who just get on and do the job without the glory.”

Tacon says she’s hoping this first debate and charity auction will attract a 150-180-sized audience. Tickets are $165, including a three-course meal and wine.