Past Events

2nd Annual Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, 27th October

Revellers in Wanaka and beyond are gearing up to once again paint the town tartan at 2nd Annual Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, a feast of music, dancing and conviviality celebrating all things Caledonian.

The dress code is easy at the colourful event which will take place on 27th October at the beautiful lakeside winery venue of Rippon Hall. It will be in aid of both Te Kakano and Kahu Youth.

The Ceilidh (pron. kay-lee) is a cornerstone of Scottish culture, originating from the Gaelic word for a Gathering or Party. It's a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company which will resonate with New Zealanders of Scots heritage as well as holding out a welcoming hand to everyone.

Up to 200 people are expected to take part in dances such as The Dashing White Sergeant, the Eightsome Reel, The Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow to the music of one of South Island's top celtic bands, Hair of the Dog.

Kilts and tartan will be welcome at the Ceilidh Dance Wanaka, but are not compulsory.

Cash bar with Rippon Wines (and of course Scottish whiskies) and delicious catering by Morsel - the Honest Food Co. Bring your family, bring your kids, bring your Grandma. Please don't bring your own food or your own alcohol - we will have plenty of food, fun and refreshments for all. Cash & Eftpos.

Tickets are $30 and will be limited to ensure plenty of space for dancing - get yours early so you don't miss out. Tickets are available at Cork Bar (Mon-Sun 3pm?late) or the Rippon Cellar Door (11 am - 5 pm daily) or online via Under The Radar.

Doors 5:30 pm, Music starts at 7

Official After Party at Cork to follow from 10:00 pm til late

Jane Kellahan - Call of the Mountains Exhibition at The Rippon Hall, Opening Night 27th September 2018


Wanaka-based, international award-winning artist, Jane Kellahan, will present a special multi-media exhibition at The Rippon Hall from 27th September to 4th November recognising and celebrating the incredible work by our courageous Land Search and Rescue Volunteers.

The ?Call of the Mountains? Exhibition is a celebration of Kellahan?s 25 year painting career.

?It is also a befitting tribute to those lives lost to the mountains and an acknowledgement to our local LandSAR rock stars,? Jane Kellahan.

This? is? Kellahan?s inaugural LandSAR Exhibition, in which she will donate a portion of her sales towards the brave men and women of LandSAR and their ?big season ahead.

Kellahan?s work features a strong collection of oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, and jewellery. These works have been created and refined at her ?studio in Wanaka, New Zealand.

?I have lived in Wanaka for over a year now and there is definitely a strong sense of community here that I have never experienced before. I have thought about this and I believe that it has a lot to do with LandSAR. When critical, life saving operations occur, it brings people together, it?s a very intense and powerful feeling. My mission is to educate the public, make a personal financial contribution to LandSAR, and to recognise those who have lost their lives in the mountains,? Kellahan said.

This exhibition was born by the tragic death of Kellahan?s close friend, Seddon Bennington, the CEO of Te Papa Museum who died tramping in the Tararua?s in 2009.

?I will be focusing on connecting with the community, giving them an opportunity to write their stories, their tributes, and display photos of their families and friends, who were also taken by the mountains,? she said. These will be displayed on a special wall as a feature piece of the exhibition.

?LandSAR solely rely on donations. When they take on these dangerous, life saving missions, no-one gets billed for being rescued and no-one gets paid.? says Jane.

The ?Call of the Mountains? Exhibition will be staged at the Queenstown Arts Centre from 7 ? 25 September, and the Rippon Hall, Wanaka, from 27 September to 4 November. This exhibition is generously supported by Sir Ron Brierley, Aspiring Catering, Rhyme and Reason, Rippon Vineyard, Maude Wine and Printit.

Jane Kellahan Awards

2015 - Special Mention, London ?Biennale, United Kingdom
2011 - Third,?? Biennale of Chianciano,? Italy
2009 - Winner, Cricket Art Prize, Australia

For more details about Jane?s exhibition, sending your personal tributes and details about the opening night functions, please see

Mainly A Capella at The Rippon Hall, 23rd September 2018

?Mainly A Capella? is a simple idea that grew.? The Treble Tones are a local all women A capella group that have been singing together in various formations since 2012. Led by Frances Cowie the group sings an eclectic mix from pop to world music and choral pieces, in 3 and 4-part harmonies.

Wanting to bring a mid-winter performance to friends and family, last year they organised ?Totally A Capella? and were joined by three other local choirs including the first outing for the newly reformed MAC choir. Their first concert was held at the Rippon Hall in August 2017.

This year the other choirs have been unable to commit, the date has been moved back slightly but the main idea is still there! The programme has been expanded to include some classical music highlights from some MAC students, giving them the opportunity to perform in an intimate and supportive environment. Hence the name ?Mainly A Capella?!

The full programme includes Treble Tones singing a mixed repertoire of songs, the MAC choir, two year 11 students at MAC playing piano ? Estelle Norman and Oliver Clements, and a newly formed Chamber Music group from MAC called ?Up an Octave? who will play a mixed repertoire of whatever classical music they can find in the cupboard in the music department!

Rippon wine will be on sale so we invite people to come and enjoy an afternoon by the fire with wine, music and song and celebrate the young (and not so young!) musical talent in our community. Laura Williamson will preside as MC.

Tickets are $10 and on sale now at Pembroke Wines ? school age children free of charge. We encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Doors Opening 3:30 pm; Performance from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Thanks to Pembroke Wines, Upper Clutha Community Arts Council for their support.

For more information contact Lindsey Schofield 021 443741 or

Cathy Irons with the Classical Jazz Quartet at The Rippon Hall, 20th October 2018

From a dazzling display of virtuosity to intriguing sultry warmth, from mellow moments to upbeat swing, this is the concert that will keep you smiling into the weeks ahead!

Described as ?sonic fireworks that dazzle with all their brilliance? and ?characterized by inspirational musicianship,? the Classical Jazz Quartet brings an eclectic mix of classical music infused with the fun and rhythmic energy of jazz.

CJQ will showcase music from the swing era, to Jerome Kern, to their own creative and imaginative adaptations of classical works, including the ever-popular Vivaldi's Spring (Four Seasons), CPE Bach's Solfeggieto and the wild Sabre Dance by Khachaturian.
The Classical Jazz Quartet are delighted to return to the region; this time presenting their concert publicly at the Rippon Hall.

CJQ consists of four outstanding professional Christchurch-based musicians: Cathy Irons (violin), Barry Brinson (piano), Michael Davis (bass) and Doug Brush (drums). Each a recognised musician in their own field, the four musicians revel in getting together, ignoring convention and freely cross the boundaries of music with conviction and delight. All have extensive NZ and international experience.

Advanced tickets available on eventfinda.
Limited door sales available (cash only).
Doors open from 6:30 pm; Concert starts at 7:30 pm
Supported by Central Lakes Trust, Upper Clutha Arts Council and The Rippon Hall.

Jessica Ritchie Artist Exhibtion

'Colour. Surface. Touch' ? An Exhibition by Jessica Ritchie

From 29th?June ? 8th August, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you 'Colour. Surface. Touch,' an exhibition by Jessica Ritchie.

Jessica is a Dunedin based artist who is currently working from a studio space in Dowling Street. She is a qualified secondary school art and music teacher, working in an early childcare centre. ?She completed her Master of Fine Arts (Distinction) at the Dunedin School of Art last September. This exhibition presents work which is a continuation of a series, which builds and extends from her MFA project Colour. Surface. Space.

Jessica?s paintings are a reflection upon the art of painting itself: abstract, drawing from colour, light, and music. Her work is concerned with process, with the exploration of the formal qualities of painting, and of the infinite possibilities of touch with paint. Located within the context of the field of abstract painting, the term ?abstraction? is used in a questioning and provisional sense rather than as a categorising or labelling term; considering complexity rather than reduction. The paintings show the potential of abstract painting to communicate light and space.

Drawn to anything reflective, lustrous, iridescent, and saturated, her recent paintings have focussed on intensity and exuberance. On closer inspection many reveal themselves as ?accumulations of debris? from building up of surfaces from scraped and gathered paint and other materials. The expressive force resides in the materiality of colour, texture, and excess. She is particularly interested in the discordant notion that a painting or thing might be two (or more) things at once ? beautiful and grotesque for example or exuberant and abject. Stripped of traditional iconography, these works ? made with paint skins, spray paint, plaster, glitter, gold leaf and iridescent paint -- offer rich surfaces and textures, evoking a whole world of complex relationships beneath.

Don?t miss this fascinating exhibition running 29th?June ? 8th August; 11 am ? 5 pm daily at The Rippon Hall.

2018 Biodynamic Conference ? Water & Light, 22-24 June

The Biodynamic Association of NZ's conference is taking place in Central Otago this month with three days of workshops, discussions and even, weather permitting, a spot of star gazing and the Rippon Hall is proud to be hosting for the later part of the conference on the 23rd - 24th June.

While this may be wine country, there will be plenty to interest all biodynamic practitioners in the workshops and talks being held during the weekend. Even if you don?t regard yourself as a biodynamic practitioner yet, come along and learn how this exciting way of growing can be integrated into your own farms and gardens.

The conference is sponsored by Ceres Organics and the programme includes talks by leading biodynamic experts including a keynote presentation by Thea Maria Carlson from the United States and Ian Trousdell joining us by video conference from China.

For details visit the conference webpage.

An Evening of Food and Fun with Annabel Langbein Supporting Holy Family School, 9th May

The Rippon Hall is pleased to host 'An Evening of Food and Fun with Annabel Langbein' supporting Holy Family School

Come and meet Annabel at Rippon Hall, Rippon Vineyard, on Wednesday 9th May.

Each attendee will receive a glass of bubbles and dessert, whilst Annabel demonstrates a recipe from her new book.

Ticket price - General Admission : $45
Ticket price - VIP : $95

VIP tickets also receive a copy of Annabel's new book, and a VIP meeting with Annabel (from 6.00pm).

What a great gift for Mother's Day!

Tickets available from Paper Plus Wanaka, 03 4437532

General Admission tickets : $45
VIP tickets: $95
For further information and to purchase tickets, please phone Paper Plus Wanaka on 03 443 7532 or email

Robin Brisker Artist Exhibition; Tuesday 3rd April from 5-7 pm at The Rippon Hall

Join us Tuesday, 3rd April from 5-7 pm at the Rippon Hall for an exhibition (with wine of course) featuring artist Robin Brisker.
Brisker was born in Chicago, attended 12 schools in 12 years, and has spent the last 18 years in New Zealand. His painting style spans from a strong Braque/ Picasso cubist influence to a whimsical feel of Calder and Klee. Kurt Schwitters was his collage inspiration.
His work has been collected by Miles Davis, Madonna, Jamie Wyeth, Amy Irving, and artist?s Dan Rizzie and Tony Fitzpatrick. Maybe you'll be next? We?d love to see you out Tuesday to support this local talent as well as wish him a very happy birthday!
Admission is free, cash wine bar.

17th Century Baroque Dance in Period Costume with Mareike Greb of Germany at Rippon Hall - 12th February, 2018

The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand is excited to announce its forthcoming South Island Concert Tour and?The Rippon Hall is thrilled to be one of the stops along the way on Monday, 12th February, 2018.

Baroque Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an enchanting concert with music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann featuring Baroque period dance specialist, Mareike Greb from Germany, in full period costume.

Music will be performed by Baroque specialists from both New Zealand and Europe on period instruments.

The music ensemble will be led by Szabolcs Illes from Hungary.

Doors open from 6:30 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm. Come early to enjoy a wine, some nibbles and great company. Following the concert there will be a rare opportunity to?meet the artists over a glass of wine.

Tickets also available at the door - cash only.?Children under 14 free, max one child per paying adult.

More info at and advanced tickets available via?eventfinda. Advanced bookings recommended for preferential seating.

Rippon Sunday Summer Sessions

Live Music. Brews by Ground Up. Eats by FDT. Wines by Rippon. Fun for you.

For one Sunday in January, February and March Rippon is opening our doors for a local appreciation day. Come on out to enjoy a day in the sun while listening to some amazing musicians.

The boys from Ground Up Brewing will be on hand pouring their delicious beers and Rippon wines will be available by the bottle and the glass to enjoy onsite, as well as our Cellar Door tasting experience if you're not sure which one to try. The FDT Food truck will be ready with flamin' good food when you feel peckish.

Bring a bean bag or a blanket. Bring your family and friends. Bring your dog (on a lead with pooh bags). Bring a board game. Bring your smiles and bring your sunscreen.

Please don't bring your own food or your own alcohol - we will have plenty of food, fun and refreshments for all. Cash and eftpos will be available.

11 am - 5 pm

Musical Line-Up:

21st January

Evan North
Connor Moore
Phoebe James

11th February
Gabrielle Faeth Peckham
Evan North
Evie Simonsohn

4th March
Jade Howe
Robert Glenn