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New Zealand Wine Advanced Course

  • Wine Sentience Hub Level 1, 104 Vivian Street Te Aro, Wellington New Zealand (map)

New Zealand has rapidly grown as a wine producing nation, with a veritable explosion of wineries, regions, varieties and styles over the past three decades from very humble beginnings. Internationally, we are known for crisp, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc and plush, fruity Pinot Noir. Locally, we enjoy our as yet (relatively) undiscovered Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Syrah and sparkling wines. But there is so much more to New Zealand wine than even that.


On Saturday 29th September, join Wellington’s resident Master of Wine, Stephen Wong, on a deep dive into New Zealand wine — an intensive one-day course which includes insight from seminars presented with New Zealand Winegrowers (across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and China) on current trends and wine styles in Aotearoa.


As a result of this close partnership with NZW, we are able to use their official advanced wine textbook as the theoretical basis for exploring a myriad of pertinent and illuminating topics which anyone with an interest in New Zealand wine will find engaging. Whether you’re a hospitality manager, sommelier, retailer, enthusiast or student of wine, you’ll find plenty in this one-day course to discover. In particular, wine professionals who write wine lists will find this useful for staying up-to-date with current thinking.

Although the course will contain significant theory and discussion segments, it is a wine course after all so 37 wines have been selected, from some of the country’s top producers. These will serve to illustrate New Zealand's performance across her major varieties; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Wines, plus a special look at Gewürztraminer and some lesser planted varieties as well.

Without giving too much away, the day will include exposition and exploration into;

- The evolution of Sauvignon Blanc styles beyond the popular archetype;

- Understanding the place of Pinot Gris in New Zealand;

- Emerging styles of Chardonnay and the regional trends we see developing;

- Getting to grips with Pinot Noir regionality and changes in winemaking;

- A look at how and where Bordeaux red varieties perform well in New Zealand; and

- An introduction into some newer varieties with promise

If this gets your vinous mind racing, then this wine course is not to be missed. We appreciate that combining all of these classes into one intensive day makes the cost difficult for some, so if you’re in that boat but would like to come, please do not hesitate to contact us about options of instalments and extended terms.

$249 per person. 10am until 3.30pm with an hour’s break for lunch at midday, you can pack your own lunch or enjoy any of the many local eateries nearby!

Earlier Event: September 23
Soif - Queenstown edition
Later Event: September 30
Soif X Le Samouraï