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!
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.Friday 13th Saturday 14th Sunday 15th
Summer Wines from Waitrose
Friday 13th @ 12:30
Summer Wines from Waitrose with The Wine Tipster.
If we have a summer like 2013 then the barbecue will be out, the shorts will be on and we'll be thinking which wines will be great for our parties, as an aperitif, refreshing white or approachable red with the steak.
Join our regular presenter Neil Phillips The Wine Tipster who will have five exciting wines from Waitrose to make your tastebuds salivate and think of sunshine!
The Wine Tipster: www.thewinetipster.co.uk
"Green Wine? Thinking & Drinking Outside the Box!" Presented by Judith Burns from Pacta Connect
Friday 13th @ 14:00
"Green Wine? Thinking & Drinking Outside the Box!" presented by Judith Burns from Pacta Connect
We are trying to encourage people to (a) look at the packaging, use of cork and glass, which means thinking outside the box; and (b) what is in the wine that they are drinking, is it 'green' in the making as well as the carbon footprint.
Hopefully by then we will also have our 2nd high quality wine in a box. And we have a couple of wines that are made with completely natural yeasts and traditional methods, one is even traditionally foot trodden!
May be of wide appeal to the audience, especially to those finding it hard to drink wines without a reaction.
Discover Germanys most beautiful & romantic wine country - Staffelter Hof
Friday 13th @ 15:15
Come and join Jan Klein, the wine maker from Staffelter Hof, a family run vineyard where wine has been produced since AD862.
This award winning vineyard is planted mostly with Riesling grapes, which grow on the breathtakingly steep slopes of the picturesque Mosel valley producing unique, astonishing wines with deep fruit and mineral flavours.
Try a sparkling wine, two high quality Rieslings and award winning dessert wines and find out how fantastic German wines can be!
Discover English Wines from the Strawberry Hill Vineyards presented by Ollie Chance
Friday 13th @ 16:45
Join Ollie, vineyard manager for Strawberry Hill Vineyard for a talk, possibly the only vineyard in the world to grow in a Green House under glass.
A family run business, our first vines were planted in 1999, now in 2014 we are celebrating our 10th year of commercial production. Hear some of Ollie’s work travel experiences in Germany, Australia and the USA and find out how we produce our award winning wines."
Best of Both World's
Friday 13th @ 18:00
Experience some great wines from the Old World and New World wine producing countries. From the Old World, Eric Fabre's renowned Château d'Anglès wines from La Clape in the Languedoc region in France.
The New World is represented by Cable Bay's top quality wines from Waiheke Island in New Zealand, whilst Oldenburg are making super premium wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Come along and enjoy!
"Chiantishire, an Englishman's experience on making wine in Tuscany" presented by Chris Brierley, Podere Sant'Alberto
Saturday 14th @ 11:00
Podere Sant’Alberto is a small, family-run estate located 10 miles north of Siena, 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, sandstone and marine fossils at an elevation of 250metres.
We will be featuring the following wines:
Terenzuola Vermentino 2013, from the coastal border between Tuscany and Liguria. The Mediterranean helps to keep this wine fresh and zesty. A wonderful wine to enjoy with the native pesto or seafood.
Val delle Corti Chianti Classico 2010, Tre Bicchieri award winning and an outstanding example of terroir driven Sangiovese found in Radda in Chianti.
Riserva del Padrone, Podere Sant'Alberto IGT 2009. A wonderful example of when French varieties thrive in the warmer vineyards in Tuscany. A full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blend with a touch of new oak.
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Amongst The Gum Trees - The Wines Of Wirra Wirra In McLaren Vale.
Saturday 14th @ 12:15
‘Amongst the Gum trees – the wines of Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale’ with The Wine Tipster
Meaning ‘Amongst the Gum trees’ in Aboriginal, Wirra Wirra is very much a one off. Founded by two of Australia’s most unorthodox characters, it’s a winery where no idea is deemed too big, outlandish or improbable; where eccentricity has been the rule rather than the exception and having fun is a serious business.
Multi award winning wines from one of Australia’s classic producers. From zingy fresh white Riesling to sumptuous, full bodied spicy Shiraz, there is something to please every palate.
Wine Tipster Neil Phillips leads you through a tasting of these delicious wines, telling you all about the wines, vineyards, and a few amusing anecdotes along the way.
Great Value Bordeaux Wines By Laura Clay
Saturday 14th @ 13:45
Laura will introduce you to a wide range of great value Bordeaux wines from across the region. There are very good reasons why Bordeaux is known for producing some of the best wines in the world: find out what they are and taste some of the best and most affordable.
Laura is an experienced and accomplished wine presenter with particular interests in Bordeaux and Champagne but whose expertise covers wine regions from all around the world. She is proud to be an International Accredited Bordeaux Tutor and was UK Champagne Ambassador in 2010. Her enthusiasm and love for the subject is clear in all her tastings and presentations. Most of her work involves delivering talks and tastings, instilling an interest and love of the subject in consumers and having a lot of fun in the process! For some, wine is a science but for Laura drinking wine is all about pleasure; she believes a little knowledge goes a long way in increasing that pleasurable experience.
Laura’s business BYWine, whose motto is 'Know More, Buy Better', provides guidance to its members to experiment, to feel more confident when buying and ultimately to enjoy great wine. Laura is the current Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators, is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers, a contributor to several local magazines, she writes a blog and is a Senior Judge for the International Wine Challenge.
Awatere Aromatics from Yealands Estate Marlborough New Zealand
Saturday 14th @ 15:15
You may already be a fan of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and we can understand why. But have you ever tasted some of the other stunningly bright and refreshingly crisp wine styles from this pure, unspoilt, clean and green land?
This is your opportunity to get acquainted with New Zealand’s leading producer of mouth-watering aromatic wine styles – Yealands Estate from the Awatere Valley. Come and taste their best examples, including Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Grüner Veltliner.
And, as a special bonus, we will also include Yealands Estate’s multi-award winning Sauvignon Blanc, taste-bud tantalising Rosé and silky smooth Pinot Noir!
Presented by Giles James
Yealands Estate is New Zealand’s leading sustainable winemaker. “Think boldly, tread lightly and never say it can’t be done” – Founder Peter Yealands
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CVNEs Riojan Spanish Masters with FT wine writer John Stimpfig
Saturday 14th @ 16:45
Having been founded in 1879, CVNE is one of the most historic names not just in Rioja, but also the whole of Spain.
The company is based in the Rioja Alta’s beautiful capital Haro and very much remains a family run concern. One of the most exciting things about CVNE is the way in which it has embraced change without sacrificing its heritage. This mix of ancient and modern is artfully represented in its exciting portfolio of wines which invariably combines quality, value and true Riojan terroir.
This tasting will show red, white and rosado wines from the CVNE range and will culminate with the legendary and age-worthy Imperial Reserva, which is only ever made in the finest vintages.
John Stimpfig has been writing and talking about wine for more than twenty years. In the course of his career he has collected several writing awards including Wine Feature Writer of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2012. He is a contributing Editor to both Decanter Magazine and the Financial Times.
Photo credit of John Stimpfig: Newsquest Oxfordshire
Sandeman Port - The World's Most Highly Awarded Port House
Saturday 14th @ 18:00
The world famous award winning Port house of Sandeman has been producing Port for over two hundred years in the Douro Valley in Portugal.
Sandeman has won more Trophies and Gold medals in the top 3 international competitions over the last 5 years than any other Port house.
Come and discover more about Sandeman's award winning styles including their delicious Late Bottled Vintage and Aged Tawny Ports.
Three into One Definitely Goes!
Sunday 15th @ 11:30
There's a small region of Central Europe on the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea that used to be Italian but after the Second World War was divided into three countries - Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Whilst borders, names and languages have changed, are the grapes planted around Trieste and Capo d'Istria still the same across these three countries? Do the vastly different soils of the region across borders change the grapes as well as their names?
From malvasia to malvazija, from refosco to refošk, from Karst and chalk to red clay soils, we will taste the wines of the region that connect the three countries and see just why some of the top Michelin star chefs in the land have fallen under the spell of these northern Adriatic wines.
Multi award-winning CarboNZero wines from Yealands Estate New Zealand
Sunday 15th @ 13:00
Yealands Estate from New Zealand has won numerous awards for the outstanding quality of their wines, including Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World at the International Wine Challenge. They are also a world leader in “sustainable” winemaking, and were recognised for this at The International Green Awards.
This means that care of the environment and careful monitoring of all activities associated with producing Yealands Estates’ wines is always at the core of everything they do. Founder Peter Yealands is highly regarded for his unorthodox thinking and for his pioneering work in this important field. Peter’s motto is “Think boldly, tread lightly and never say it can’t be done”.
You are invited to taste a stunning selection of CarboNZero* award-winning wines from Yealands Estate’s Seaview Vineyard in the breath-taking Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Presented by Giles James
*CarboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme
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Noble by Nature. Discover Champagne Canard-Duchene
Sunday 15th @ 14:30
Founded in 1868, Canard-Duchene is a Grande Marque House that is uniquely located in the heart of its vineyards in Champagne’s National Park area of Montagne de Reims. Today, it is one of Champagne’s sustainability pioneers and welcome’s visitors to tour its 6km of cellars.
Join The Wine Tipster to discover more about this historic champagne house and what goes into producing its different styles. Taste our delicious Cuvée Léonie range, which includes the Brut, Rosé and Green (yes Organic!) champagnes. Finish up with the beautiful Canard-Duchene Authentic 2007 Vintage Brut
Waitrose's World Cup Wine Selection
Sunday 15th @ 16:00
Waitrose's World Cup Wine Selection with The Wine Tipster.
With 32 teams in the Football World Cup and many of the participating countries represented in the extensive Waitrose wine selection, it was a difficult task to whittle the list down to five nations and five wines for this masterclass.
However, the five chosen reflect the global and high quality nature of this tournament with Europe, South America, America and Australia all taking part in the Waitrose World Cup Wine Selection.
The Wine Tipster: www.thewinetipster.co.uk
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