Te Mania wines has built the World’s biggest grapevine rugby ball to celebrate the World Cup in New Zealand. The ball measures a whopping 6 metres round and 4 metres tall.Te Mania in partnership with the Arts Council Nelson created the giant rugby ball as part of launching New Zealand’s first grapevine sculpture exhibition. Top artists including Michael MacMillan and David Carson have put their creative skills to great use to twist, bend, curve, braid and cajole vines into fantastic creative sculptures.

World's biggest rugby ball celebrates RWC“Harvesting grapes is always an exciting time and sometimes stressful, but we always really look forward to seeing what the season’s hard work brings us,” said Jon. “While we enjoy sampling our wine, the vineyard crew would say it also means pruning. A lot of it!!! So, time to have some fun we thought and create something wonderful from these canes.” Lloyd Harwood of the Arts Council Nelson which is helping organise this event says “This is a wonderful initiative to bring artists and the public together in a fun creative collaboration. Sculptures will be offered for sale and will make a great feature indoors or outdoors.”

The world’s biggest grapevine rugby ball and other sculptures will be on display till Christmas at the Te Mania cellar door in McShane Road, Richmond, Nelson.