Hollywood actor Sam Neill will represent Central Otago at a high-end wine and food competition in Sydney on the eve of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup.
The rugby fan and vineyard owner, along with some of New Zealand's favourite winemakers, is out to defend Central Otago's title against the finest from Australia's Barossa Valley.
Two wines from both sides of the Tasman will be presented with five courses as part of the competition.
"We've got a very strong line-up with wines from multi-award-winning wineries and winemakers including Quartz Reef, Prophet's Rock, Sam's Two Paddocks, Brennan and Aurum," says Central Otago's Pinot Noir's Glenys Coughlan.
The fundraiser is supporting the Australian Rugby Foundation's charitable trust to support rugby players and their families in need.
The food line-up: