About Ripe – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival

The Ripe Story

Ripe is about the passion and energy for the best wine and food of our region and our country – backed by a deep respect, appreciation and knowledge for the industry.

Our producers have a deep connection to the land and a passion for the product, and we want to celebrate this while bringing a boost to the local economy.

Ripe was created by Wānaka resident Nathan White, with a passion for Central Otago wine, he set out to showcase the regions world-class producers to NZ and the world (one-day). The inaugural event was a major success, gaining credibility as a new player in the list of NZ’s best wine & food events. The 2021 edition of Ripe – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival has been nominated in the prestigious NZEA Event Awards – Best Lifestyle event of the year category, confirming what Nathan knew all along, Central Otago has all the ingredients to make it one of the premium spots in NZ for Wine & Food showcasing.

From crisp Sauvignon  Blancs  and Chardonnays to earthy Pinot  Noirs,  the Central Otago region is a unique land of extreme climates  producing internationally acclaimed vintages. ​ Ripe is a passionate demonstration of that abundance, quality and vibrancy. With more than  30 vineyards and food producers in attendance,  festival-goers  get treated to a showcase of the region’s best.   

We aim to bring communities together, celebrating our region and our local producers of fine wine, food, and entertainment.


Wānaka, Central Otago

Wanaka – a perfectly positioned town set in the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps.A resort town in Central Otago, New Zealand known for its skiing, hiking and the always beautiful Lake Wanaka, but what you may not know is that this region also has a reputation for producing excellent wine.

You can’t go past Wanaka and all that the highly regarded wineries have to offer. The climate of Central Otago is the ideal place for growing good quality grapes which results in brilliant wines that you will simply fall in love with.

So why not get your diary’s, and start planning your next adventure, even check out Ripe – the Wanaka Wine and Food Festival The perfect time to relax with friends, enjoy a glass of sav, or pinot noir and enjoy the food that is available. You deserve it after all.