Te Pae Christchurch signs its first major supplier

Te Pae Christchurch has reinforced its commitment to showcasing Canterbury to the world, signing its first Canterbury-based food and beverage supplier.

Sherwood Estate Wines, located in Waipara, has been appointed as the supplier for Te Pae Christchurch’s classic wine package.

Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele said the venue had a responsibility to showcase the best of the region to its clients.

“We acknowledge the role we have in supporting the growth and success of our city and our region, which is one of the reasons we have implemented a purchase local philosophy,” he said.

“To achieve our goals of positioning Christchurch as a world-class conference destination and providing economic value to our region, we need to partner with local suppliers who share our passion and vision.

“Sherwood Estate Wines is the perfect example of this, they not only have a world-class product, but also share our focus on quality and community.”

Te Pae Christchurch director of culinary services Darren Tait said the classic beverage package at Te Pae Christchurch would set the foundation for what the venue is all about.

“We want our centre, as much as possible, to showcase Canterbury to the world and having Sherwood Estate Wines on board as our first supplier is a great way to start,” Tait said.

Sherwood Estate Wines is one of the largest independent wineries in New Zealand.

“I really think it’s great for the Waipara Valley wine region to have local wines showcased at what will be Christchurch’s premier events centre,” said Sherwood Estate Wines director Jill Sherwood.

“It’s been a long time since Christchurch has had a venue of this nature to display our region to international and national guests. We are looking forward to working with the culinary team who have been so professional throughout the process, and we can’t wait for Te Pae Christchurch to open and bring events back to the region.”