wine talks

Yealands Estate Wines produce award winning New Zealand wines, recently earning the title of the "World's Best Sauvignon Blanc" are the proud sponsors of the International Wine Theatre.

A highlight of the Festival, this is your chance to develop an even greater appreciation and understanding of Wine from around the world in a relaxed, fun interactive environment with some of the most well-known and respected wine experts in the UK, including our MC and presenter Neil Phillips, the Wine Tipster.

Each seated tutored tasting involves sampling over the course of 45 minutes. The tastings are about learning through enjoyment, enabling you to understand the range and diversity of wine available today. Join Yealands Estate over the three days and experience the true taste of award winning New Zealand wine!


Please Note:

Each talk is limited to 70 people, this is to ensure we can give the best possible talks and devote time and attention to the wines. After each talk the marquee will be cleared so we can set up for the next talk. The talks are free to attend and are on a first come first in basis. Please note children under 18 are not admitted due to Licensing. 

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16th Saturday


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Love This, Love That with Waitrose's Matthew Dicks.

Saturday 16th @ 11:30

Join Matthew Dicks for a fabulous adventure exploring the world of unfamiliar grape varieties. Venture into the unknown and sample some top summer tipples whilst comparing them to everyday wines.

Lots of delicious examples for you to try and a must for the curious amongst us!

Twitter: @waitrosewine

Facebook: Waitrose

Twitter: @winestratford


12th Friday


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'Noble by Nature' Canard-Duchene Champagne Masterclass presented by Neil Phillips

Friday 12th @ 13:45

Founded in 1868, this is a Grande Marque house, uniquely located in Champagne’s Montagne de Reims. Today, it is one of Champagne’s sustainability pioneers – try our delicious Cuvée Léonie Organic Champagne.

Discover other styles - Brut, Rosé and our prestigious Blanc de Blancs. Finally, there’s the elegant Authentic Reserve. Exclusive to Waitrose, it offers delicate aromatic richness.

Twitter: @CanardDuchne

Facebook: canard.duchene

Twitter: @TheWineTipster

12th Friday


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Can humble Cotes du Rhone ever make the earth move Presented by the Oxford Chelt Wine School.

Friday 12th @ 15:15

Some claim that Côtes du Rhône is simply too plain to ever have real sex appeal but quality of both grape-growing and wine making has made huge strides in the last 30 years. Lots more characterful wines are being made, and this tasting presents six good examples from a wide source of retailers at different price points – we’ve tasted dozens to find the best for you, including some Côtes du Rhône-Villages, and have also included a good Australian copy by way of comparison.

This presentation is given by Nick Gay, of Oxford Chelt Wine School, an independent wine school specialising in fun, informal tastings designed to appeal to all lovers of wine, no experience required! Our tastings take place regularly at the Wilson Café and Hotel du Vin in Cheltenham and at St Peter’s College, Oxford.

Facebook: oxfordcheltwineschool

Twitter: @OxChWineSchool

12th Friday


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Who said Rose was just for Summer? presented by Waitrose's Matthew Dicks.

Friday 12th @ 16:30

Rosé wines should be enjoyed all year round, their versatility with food is simply amazing. Join me for a whirlwind tour looking at the broad spectrum of styles and flavours which makes this wine so appealing.

We'll look at examples from a variety of countries and discuss their characteristics from crisp and dry, to soft and fruity. Come and sample this refreshing and sometimes underrated tipple.

Twitter: @waitrosewine

Twitter: @winestraford

12th Friday


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Discover Bordeaux's fabulous Cru Bourgeois du Medoc Wines presented by Neil Phillips

Friday 12th @ 17:45

This selection of Cru Bourgeois wines from the vintages of 2011 and 2012 is a great way to discover and experience fabulous wines from the world-renowned Bordeaux region.

The Cru Bourgeois name can only be applied to wines which are approved by the Official Selection process, organised by The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, which takes place on an annual basis and is open to all producers from the eight famous Médoc appellations: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis, Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe.

Twitter: @CrusBourgeois

Facebook: Crus-Bourgeois du Medoc

Twitter: @TheWineTipster


13th Saturday


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"Discovering Tuscan Wine Country" with Chris Brierley - Podere Sant'Alberto

Saturday 13th @ 11:00

Podere Sant’Alberto is located 10 miles north of Siena, Tuscany, set in the foothills below Castellina in Chianti. The estate covers 12 ha of vines, olive groves and mixed woodlands on a sloping terrain of clay with limestone deposits, at an elevation of 250metres. Chris, together with his family, has worked the small estate since 2007.

Never has the Italian wine scene been more dynamic. We are spoiled for choice, with a wealth of wines on offer that communicate the passion of vine growers and winemakers for their land.

The talk will showcase the wines that Podere Sant’Alberto produces in the hills of Chianti, and compare other examples of white and red wines located at either higher altitudes or found closer to the coast of Tuscany.

Facebook: Podere Sant Alberto

Twitter: @SantAlberto

13th Saturday


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Premium Wines from "New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year" presented by Megan Watts from Yealands Family Wines.

Saturday 13th @ 15:15

In November 2014 Yealands Family Wines was named New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition. This rounded off a tremendous year as Yealands were also awarded the International Green Company of the Year by The Drinks Business.

Discover their story whilst tasting Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, their Yealands Estate Pinot Noir and the fabulous PGR, a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.

Facebook: yealandsestate

Twitter: @yealandsUK

13th Saturday


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German Wine - Cool Climates, Cool Grapes and Some of the World's Coolest Wine with Anne Krebiehl MW

Saturday 13th @ 16:45

German wines are incredibly versatile, food friendly and delicious. Grown in marginal, unique climates they bring real thrill to your table. They are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and there are more great examples available on the shop shelves than ever before.

People all over the country are now turning to a glass of refreshing Riesling on a hot summer’s day or treating guests to stunning German Pinot Noir at dinner parties.

Germany produces some of the finest wines in the world. But don’t just take our word for it, sample for yourself and reignite your love for cool German wine.

Twitter: @winesofgermany

Facebook: WinesofGermanyUK

Twitter: @Anneinvino

13th Saturday


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South African Wine Stars from Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch presented by Neil Phillips

Saturday 13th @ 18:00

Come and taste the best of the Cape! Kleine Zalze is a highly awarded, family-owned winery in Stellenbosch South Africa, where wine has been made since 1695 and today, the tradition of producing outstanding quality continues.

Attention to detail in the vineyards, along with traditional winemaking methods aided by modern technology, result in wines of a uniquely modern South African style. Experience the fresh fruity whites, the lifted floral rosé and the robust reds.

Twitter: @kleine_zalze

Facebook: kleinezalzeofficial

Twitter: @TheWineTipster


14th Sunday


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Chile diversity and excellence a tasting with Quentin Sadler

Sunday 14th @ 12:00

Wine educator Quentin Sadler leads us in a fascinating tasting of Chilean wines that illustrates the amazing diversity of grape varieties, regions and styles that are emerging from this exciting wine producing country that never stands still.

Long famous for producing world class and great value Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlots, Chile is in fact a viticultural paradise that has much more variety to offer. This masterclass gives us the chance to experience some of the exciting new styles emerging from this dynamic wine producing country.

Twitter: @winesofchileuk

Facebook: WinesOfChile

Twitter: @quentinsadler

14th Sunday


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Gonzalez Byass Sherry Masterclass

Sunday 14th @ 13:15

Join Neil Phillips The Wine Tipster as he guides you through the fascinating world of Sherry, from bone-dry Tio Pepe Fino to unctuously sweet Delicado Pedro Ximenez and everything in between.

Enjoy the diverse styles of this great Spanish wine and discover its rich history, the best perfect serve and some unexpected food matches.

Twitter: @TioPepeFino

Twitter: @TheWineTipster

14th Sunday


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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Story presented by Megan Watts from Yealands Family Wines.

Sunday 14th @ 14:30

Yealands Estate is located in the rugged Awatere Valley, Marlborough - New Zealand’s premier wine growing region - and is the most significant privately owned vineyard in the country.

Hear how founder Peter Yealands chose the Awatere Valley to plant Sauvignon Blanc, and taste the wonderfully diverse styles from Yealands Estate, crafted by Chief Winemaker, Tamra Kelly-Washington.

Facebook: yealandsestate

Twitter: @yealandsUK

14th Sunday


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Burgundy from tip to toe with Louis Jadot - a tasting with Quentin Sadler

Sunday 14th @ 16:00

Wine educator Quentin Sadler takes us on a journey through the vineyards of Burgundy tasting the wines of Louis Jadot. This renowned producer makes wines that are sought after around the world and which perfectly illustrate the complexities of this prestigious wine region.

Twitter: @ljadot

Facebook: louisjadot

Twitter: @quentinsadler