New Zealand and Australian Masterclass and Tasting

Event Details

The Castlefield Rooms
18-20 Castle Street Manchester M3 4LZ
United Kingdom
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Explore the quality and diversity of New Zealand and Australian wine in this exciting collaboration between New Zealand Winegrowers Wine Australia.
The Kiwis and the Aussies are good mates, with lots in common. Fine wine, great food, stunning scenery, the cool Southern Ocean and also our cool Antipodean attitude.Our wines are an expression of our distinctive terroirs and the vibrant communities that craft them. Perfecting traditional techniques and inventing our own ways of doing things, we push the boundaries in the pursuit of the most diverse, thrilling wines in the world.Don’t miss this unique opportunity to taste the stars of the Southern Hemisphere under one roof. All of the wines featured are currently available in the UK, so if you're looking to expand your range of New Zealand and Australian wines, this is a great chance to explore and taste.
  • 10 wines in the masterclass and 50 wines in the free-pour tasting
  • Wines from 9 regions across New Zealand and 15 regions across Australia
  • New releases and older vintages from iconic producers
  • Alternative grape varieties and new wave styles
  • Organic, biodynamic and sustainable champions

Masterclass Sessions – 10.30–12.00 or 14.00–15.30

Join us for the masterclass to taste sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz/Syrah from New Zealand and Australian. Discover the unique characteristics of the wines, and why they’ve become signature styles of the regions.

Learn about the cooling influence of the ocean and altitude, as well as the diversity and impact of soils, climate and winemaking. The line-up includes elegant cool climate expressions and new releases as well as older vintages.

The masterclass will be presented by Rebecca Gibb MW (Wine writer and consultant) and Emma Symington MW (Education Development Manager, Wine Australia).

The list of wines are available to download below.

We’ll run the masterclass twice – when you register, please select either the morning or afternoon session. Please note that spaces on the masterclasses are limited. If the masterclasses are full, please email to be added to the waiting list.

Free-pour Tasting – 10.00–17.00

The free-pour tasting will run throughout the day, featuring 50 wines from 21 regions across New Zealand and Australian. The flights are Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, aromatic whites, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz/Syrah, Cabernet and blends, and alternative varieties.

Taste classic styles including Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago Pinot Noir and Gimblett Gravels Syrah from New Zealand and Tasmanian sparkling wine, Eden Valley Riesling and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia.

This is also an opportunity to discover alternative grape varieties and new wave styles, such as Pét Nat, skin contact wines, minimal intervention wines, Albariño, Vermentino, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo and more. If you think Australia is all about Shiraz and New Zealand about Sauvignon Blanc, then think again.

The list of wines are available to download below.


If you have any queries about the event, please contact New Zealand Winegrowers on or the Wine Australia team on

Please note that this is a trade tasting and is limited to wine trade and media only.

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