New Zealand wine event set for January

New Zealand wines have been selling in Ireland for 21 years
New Zealand wines have been selling in Ireland for 21 years

New Zealand winemakers will arrive in force in Dublin this January for the 21st anniversary of the Great New Zealand Wine Tasting 2018, a special event for trade and public alike.



15 November 2017

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January 2018 will see New Zealand Winegrowers host its annual Dublin wine tasting, 21 years after it first established the event. To celebrate this landmark occasion, a new venue has been chosen: the auspicious surroundings of the Aviva Stadium, home of international rugby in Ireland.

Over 20 wineries will be represented at the event, with over 200 individual varieties available to taste. In addition to the main tasting, there will be a masterclass led by Martin Moran, MW, on New Zealand’s aromatic wine styles. The masterclass will begin at 1pm and places are limited so booking in advance is highly recommended using the contact details below.

New Zealand’s wine market is going from strength to strength in Ireland.  In 2016, New Zealand sold just over 500,000 cases, accounting for 5.6% of the total market of 9 million. Off trade sales of New Zealand wine increases by +6.04% in value and by +0.6% in volume sales in the year to March 2017, according to Nielsen Scantrack.

The trade and press tasting on Thursday January 18th, 2018 will run from 2 – 6pm, with the consumer tasting following at the same venue from at 6.30 – 8.30p.m.

Participating wineries for the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers annual tasting include:  Akarua, Babich,  Blank Canvas,  Brancott Estate, Burn Cottage,  Cloudy Bay, Delta Vineyard,  Felton Road,  Giesen,  Greywacke, Kim Crawford, Kumeu River Wines,  Lawsons Dry Hills, Mount Riley,  Oyster Bay,  Rapaura Springs, Saint Clair Family Estate,   Spy Valley Wines, Stoneleigh,  te Pa Family Vineyards, Tinpot Hut, Trinity Hill,  Villa Maria, Wild Earth, Wither Hills and Yealands Family Wines, with more expected to join ahead of the big day.

Meanwhile, a tutored tasting for visitors will also be held as part of the evening proceedings. Martin Moran MW will take guests through a range of wines from across the country to show the quality and diversity New Zealand has to offer. The masterclass will take place at 7pm and will last approximately 30 minutes, allowing guests plenty of time to explore the rest of the exhibitors with new found knowledge!  There will be an additional charge of €5 to attend the Masterclass.

Tickets for the Great New Zealand Wine Tasting 2018, at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, on Thursday 18th January 2018, are now on sale priced €15. A great idea as a Christmas stocking filler for the wine enthusiast in your life!

To purchase tickets click here, or email Jean Smullen in Dublin on, or 086 816 8648.

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