Veuve Clicquot will transform Queenstown into the ultimate winter playground this August with the return of Clicquot in the Snow. The annual luxury champagne festival invites locals and visitors to enjoy winter in style with fine champagne and an action-packed week.
This year’s programme will deliver four days of Clicquot-inspired activities and experiences in and around Queenstown each day. The city will be turned ‘Clicquot Yellow’ with a number of Clicquot events for the public to attend along with several city hotspots showing off their Clicquot décor.
“Clicquot in the Snow is one of the highlights of the Veuve Clicquot calendar so it’s exciting for us to be able to continually bring the festival to New Zealand,” says Ali Campbell, Senior Brand Manager of VeuveClicquot.
“Each year the anticipation for this world-class event grows. What better way to enjoy the cooler months than to toast winter with one of the world’s finest champagnes, fine food and fabulous parties.”
Always a highlight at Clicquot in the Snow, is the runway show of Veuve Clicquot ambassador and New Zealand’s premier footwear designer Kathryn Wilson. This year, the show will take place at the Milford Sounds Flights Hanger that will be transformed into a glamourous catwalk for the exclusive viewing of her spring/summer 17 collection ahead of its release.
Veuve Clicquot will celebrate the Après Ski scene up at Coronet Peak with the Clicquot Après Bar where people can unwind with a glass of champagne after an active day on the mountain and play some unique Clicquot-inspired games.
Culinary cravings can be satisfied with the Clicquot Long Lunch at Rata Restaurant where guests can enjoy a four-course degustation lunch designed by celebrity chef Josh Emett to be paired with Veuve Clicquot champagne. Also available will be the Pier 19 Clicquot Brunches, Clicquot High Tea at the Skyline and Clicquot Flute and Fries available at Hilton Queenstown.
Croquet at the snow
New to the program this year is one of a kind experience will give guests the chance to soak in the truly unique scenery that Queenstown is famous for with a scenic helicopter flight over the impressive mountain landscape. This will then be followed by a special landing on a snow-capped peak to enjoy chilled Veuve Clicquot and a game of the highest croquet in the Southern Hemisphere.
The ‘Clicquot Gala’ will be a fitting conclusion to the four-day luxury champagne celebration. The gala will be Rosé Winter Carnaval inspired, and guests will enjoy an elaborately themed atmosphere, a steady stream of champagne and great entertainment to help dance the night away.
With black tie as the dress code, guests are encouraged to dress their best for a night of style, sophistication and glamour. Live entertainment will be provided by award-winning musicians Boh Runga and Jason Kerrison, followed by a high energy DJ set from Justin Sweeney.
During the evening, guests will be treated to several unique moments, the famous ‘Clicquot Twist’ which makes every Veuve Clicquot event one to remember.
The Clicquot Winter Gala will be hosted at the stunning Winehouse venue and will take place on Saturday 5th August at 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Limited tickets available.
Clicquot in the Snow will run from Thursday 3rd August – Sunday 6th August 2017 with tickets on sale from May 24th. More information and tickets available at www.clicquotinthesnow.co.nz
About Veuve Clicquot
The champagne house was established in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot, and began to thrive when Madame Clicquot took the helm 1805. For over 200 years, Veuve Clicquot has been inspiring the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the groundbreaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot. Today its eponymous Yellow Label continues to be one of the world’s most beloved champagnes
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