This year's musical guest was none other than Sting on his latest tour, Symphonicity. In Napier, at the Mission Estates winery, he performed to a sold out crowd with the support of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It was absolutely incredible. We arrived at around 4 pm and parked ourselves close up and to stage left. There were no clouds in the sky and the moon was sitting high setting the perfect setting as the sun was slowly floating below the skyline. By the time Sting stepped on the stage, the sun had set and the stars were starting to appear. I will never forget the moment he started into one of my favourite tunes - Roxanne - while a star shot across the night sky. I had died and gone to sting heaven. He closed the night with an accoustic version of Message in a Bottle - a perfect fit for me and my Ocean:Views campaign :)
|Sipping on Mission Estates sauvignon blanc at the Mission Estates shindig|
|Some folks really got in the Sting-y spirit|
|More 'n' more people gather...|
|Sally 'n I enjoying the afternoon sun and waiting for the man himself to do what he does best!|
|Dancing the night away|
My favourite Police tune performed at a stunning outdoor concert with a 50 piece orchestral band. It blew me away!
|Wine glasses by night|
The next day we took our time making our way back to Welly-town, stopping at farmers' markets, outlets, and Sally's fantastic mum's on the way. the sun was shining, the windows were down, and the red rooster was blazing its way across the beautiful hills and mountains carrying us home after a fantastic weekend in wine country!
|Yummy mushrooms from the mushroom farm|
|Pit stop at the Tui brewery|
|Great ad campaign!|
|This one is for you, Chris!|
|The house where beer lives (until it moves to our fridge!)|
|Ode to a field of kegs...|