Vivanova members meet
each month for after business hours networking, wine and dine events
and other fun and educational evenings in different locations around
Berlin with creative and exciting concepts.
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Previous Events 2005
Saturday 10th December
Open Day Tasting
Mitton International Wines Celler - Oranienburger Strasse
This was a casual event in which all newsletter subscribers and club vivanova members were invited. Bradley Mitton was the host and a range of red and white wines, suited to the Christmas season were opened and tasted. The tasting was also a nice occasion for guests and members chat about past events and the up and coming "Single Malt Whiskey" evening in Januray 2006.
Club vivanova members who attended this event each received a complimentary wine, the 1996 Geoff Weaver Chardonnay, a very special wine from South Australia.
Wednesday 16th November
Australian Wine and Dine Concert
Grand Intercontinental Berlin
Join us for our most exciting culinary event to date yet in conjunction with the Grand Intercontinental Hotel Berlin, the Australian Embassy and Club Vivanova.
The Grand Intercontinental Hotel will be hosting an Australian food and wine promotion showcasing our wines from Yanmah Ridge, Western Australia from 14th to 19th November. The highlight of this culinary week will be an "Australian Wine and Dine Concert" on 16th November.
Renowned Australian Chef Craig Penlington will be flying in from Switzerland as a guest chef for the promotion and we will have guests of honour present including Her Excellency Pamela Fayle, the Australian Ambassador and Western Australian Agent General Noel Ashcroft.
Sallyann and Peter Nicholas, owners and winemakers at the Yanmah Ridge winery, Manjimup, Western Australia will be flying in especially for the promotion to present their boutique products, which are successfully listed at a number of five star hotels and restaurants in Germany.
The outstanding Tankstream Quartet from Sydney will entertain at the event. International prizewinners in the Premio Paolo Borciani, Osaka and Melbourne Chamber Music Competitions, they have rapidly emerged as the outstanding performing ensemble of the younger generation of Australian chamber music.
Please see the Event Information Form (download PDF 287 Kb) for details of the four course gourmet dinner including Mahi-Mahi and Moreton Bay Bugs with five outstanding wines from Yanmah Ridge, two of which will be flown in especially for this event.
Tickets are priced at special rate of EUR 58 per person (EUR 48 for Club Vivanova members and Grand Intercontinental privilege club members). Please book by faxing the Event Information Form back to the hotel.
After three years of extremely successful events in Berlin, we think that this will prove to be one of the best supported and most entertaining that we have organised. We would also like to thank our supporting partners who are listed on the invitation and the booking form.
Hope you can make it!
Tuesday 18th October - 19:00 - 21:00
Weinbar Rutz & Quartz Reef Winery
wine tasting with Rudi Bauer
We would like to invite you to a New Zealand wine tasting event at Weinbar Rutz in Berlin-Mitte on Tuesday 18th October, from 7pm to 9pm. Our guest speaker will be Rudi Bauer, chief winemaker at the Quartz Reef Winery based in Otago, New Zealand. Our guest of honour will be His Excellency New Zealand Ambassador Peter Hamilton.
Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy and explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds.
The 2003 Pinot Noir has been very well received and was described as "youthful with complex characters and smooth ripe tannins and great cellaring potential".
Jancis Robinson MW
New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting - March 2005
Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2003 Central Otago - 18.5 / 20 points
"Drink 2006-12. Good deep colour. Very rich and broad yet confident and well balanced. Very sweet and gentle with lots and lots of fruit with no excess of acid or tannin. Very well managed and harmonious"
Quartz Reef Chauvet Methode Traditionelle NV
first sparkling wine in Central Otago
Pumpkin Parmesan Soup
Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2005
Marinated Rouget Barbet on a Potato-Olive Mousseline
Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2003
Braised Cheek of Veal
Seats are limited so please book as soon as possible by emailing us on
Tickets cost EUR 18 per head (this event will be free for Club Vivanova members) including the appetisers, three wines and taxes. What a fantastic night the Weinbar Rutz and Mitton International Wines have in store for you!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday 12th October at 19:00
Hundred Tree Hill Winemaker Dinner
Trader Vic's at the Hilton Berlin
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In co-operation with Club Vivanova and Mitton International Wines, we would like to invite you to an evening of premium Victorian wines and exquisite Polynesian cuisine in the Mai Tai Bar of the Trader Vic's Restaurant in the Hilton Berlin. Renowned Australian winemaker Neill Robb, owner of the Hundred Tree Hill and Sally's Paddock winery will be visiting Berlin to present the event. John Langtry, Charge d'Affaires a.i. Australian Embassy Berlin and the Hilton Berlin General Manager Gunthi Katzenmaier will be our guests of honour.
A special tasting area will be set-up where you may experience the wines of
Neill Robb with full explanations by the winemaker himself. The Hundred Tree Hill wines are grown and produced at the Redbank Winery in the Pyrenees region of Victoria, Australia. Sally's Paddock is universally regarded as one of Australia's classic red wines. Please see www.sallyspaddock.com.au for further information.
During the tasting, we will experience various appetizer items that compliment
the wines from Trader Vic's exquisite Polynesian menu.
Hundred Tree Hill Chardonnay 2003
Creamy Granny Smith Curry Oyster
Hundred Tree Hill Pinot Noir 2002
Soya-Porkcheeks with Snowpeas and Mushrooms
Hundred Tree Hill Shiraz 2002
Rack of Lamb Flavored with Star Anis, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus Potatoes
Sally's Paddock 1999
Chaumes filled with Truffelcreme
There will also be a tombola with the following prizes from our partners:
- Complimentary night for two at the Hilton Berlin including breakfast
- Dinner for two at Trader Vic's Restaurant
- Gift box of Hundred Tree Hill wines
Please email us on
to make bookings for this event.
Tickets cost EUR 28 per person (EUR 20 for Club Vivanova members) including menu, four wines, mineral water and taxes. Early reservations are recommended.
We would like to thank the Australian Embassy, the Hilton Berlin, Trader Vic's Restaurant, Apollinaris Water and Expatica Communications for their support.
Many thanks, we look forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday 21st September at 19:30
Nude Body Painting and Wine Tasting
Billabong Australian Restaurant, Berlin
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We would like to invite you to our "Body Painting and Wine" event in Berlin-Mitte on Wednesday 21st September at 19.30. In association with Club Vivanova and U-books, we will host an Australian wine tasting with the launch of an erotic 2006 wine calendar.
To give the evening some extra spice, we will have some models at the event. The models will be professionally body-painted by media artist Gabriele Dannenberg in the style of the calendar (see link below). We will also have press and television coverage for local and national exposure of this unique occasion.
A hot and cold appetiser buffet will be served during the event, which begins at
19.30. The models will be available for photographing with guests after they have been painted.
Please email us on
to make bookings for this event.
Tickets cost EUR 25 per person (EUR 15 for Club Vivanova members).
Thursday 25th August - 18:00 - 23:00
Spree Cruise and Tasmanian Wine Tasting
at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel Köpenick
with Tasmanian Winemaker Gerald Ellis
Imagine cruising down the Spree on a summer's evening, enjoying some of the best wines that Australia can offer, partaking in a Tasmanian wine tasting and then dining from an oriental barbecue on a wonderful riverside verandah. Dream no further, our next Vivanova event on Thursday 25th August is offering you just that experience!
||Our Spree cruise begins at 18.00 from the quayside of the Berliner
Dom-Hackesher Markt in Mitte, where we will begin the evening with a Tasmanian wine tasting. Renowned winemaker Gerald Ellis of the Meadowbank Estate Winery will present his wines to us as we cruise through Berlin on an open topped (with covered dining area) and cosy cruise boat, the "Blue Star". (We are delighted that Gerald is flying in especially for our cruise!). We will have the chance to taste the Meadowbank Chardonnay 2004 and Pinot Noir 2003 with a tutored seminar.
|The cruise will take us out to Koepenick and at 20.00, we will be dropped at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel Koepenick, where we will indulge in a wonderful Oriental barbecue buffet on their riverside terrace including grilled turkey, pork, chicken and salads. We will also be serving fresh
New Zealand oysters compliments of Flying Seafood Denmark www.flyingseafood.dk. Complimentary sparkling wine, white and red wine, soft drinks and Apollinaris water will be served with the barbecue.
At 22.30, a coach will transfer us all back to the original pick-up point at the Berliner Dom-Hackesher Markt Mitte, where we should arrive at 23.00.
Imagine that! A wonderful cruise through Berlin, a tutored premium wine tasting and then a barbecue in Koepenick at a quality location, plus we bring you all the way home safely!
Tickets will cost EUR 48 per person (EUR 35 for Vivanova members) and are available by reservation only, bookings will be limited to sixty.
Thurday 14th July - 19:00 - 22:00
Summer Cooking Class and Wine Evening
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In conjunction with Club Vivanova and yourART Store Berlin, we would like to invite you to a summer cooking class and wine evening on Thursday 14th July at 19.00.
The evening will incorporate a one hour cooking demonstration with American Chef Megan Wycoff who will prepare four summer salad side dishes perfect for your barbecues. The demo will take place in the Mitton International Wines cellar where a sparkling wine aperitif will be served. Full preparation of the following dishes will be demonstrated with recipe cards for taking home.
Couscous Salad with Mint, Cucumbers and Tomatoes
Lentil and Bell Pepper Salad
Potato, Avocado and Cress Salad
Fruit Salad with Mint, Lime and Honey Dressing
After the demonstration, we will move upstairs to the yourART Store studio where we will be given a tour of this new generation art store whilst sampling the dishes produced during the demonstration. There will also be a wine tasting of three lovely summer Australian and New Zealand wines:
Aldridge Sparkling Brut – Riverina, New South Wales, Australia
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2003 – Martinborough, New Zealand
Barking Owl Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2003 – Perth Hills, Western Australia
Yanmah Ridge Merlot 2000 - Manjimup, Western Australia
Hundred Tree Hill Chardonnay 2003 – Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia
Meerea Park Shiraz Viognier 2003 - Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
The yourART Store exhibits some wonderful modern art pieces and makes original art affordable and accessible to all. YourART works with young artists to help them gain exposure and recognition early in their careers. See their website for further information, www.your-art.de.
We hope you can join us for this fun, entertaining and educational evening. Tickets cost EUR 20 per person, Vivanova members will only be charged EUR 12, and early reservations are recommended.
Wednesday 15th June
Summer Wine Party
Prinzalbert Hotel Berlin
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Mitton International Wines, together with the Prinzalbert Hotel in Berlin-Mitte invite you to a relaxing Summer Wine Party and networking event with live entertainment. We will be tasting a number of summer-style wines from the Riverina wine region of Australia including the popular Mancini and Echidna wines.
The event will run from 18.00 until late with the wine tasting taking place from 19.00 to 22.00. Stylish entertainment will be provided by Australia's "The Cheap Suits" who perform alternative rock, country and blues. A magnificent antipasti buffet with outdoor barbecue will be served during the tasting.
Tickets will cost EUR 22 per person (EUR 15 for Club Vivanova members) and will include a full barbecue dinner buffet with six wines and entertainment.
The Prinzalbert Hotel is located at Veteranen Strasse 12, 10119 Berlin-Mitte (5 minute walk from the Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station, next to the beautiful Weinbergspark).
We look forward to another successful and entertaining evening.
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