New Zealand Winegrowers will host its 22nd tasting of New Zealand wines in Ireland in January 2019. With a number of key New Zealand wineries showing at the Dublin show in 2019, there will be over 150 New Zealand wines available to taste.

The Flavours of New Zealand event is a highlight on the wine calendar and the first of the year, taking place on Monday, January 14th in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin 8, and is highly-anticipated for those working in the industry and wine connoisseurs alike. 

This year, there will be a number of features, including a masterclass and themed tables. The trade and press tasting will run from 2.00-6.00pm, with the consumer tasting following at the same venue from at 6.30-8.30pm.

Trade information

New Zealand wines have a great following here in Ireland.  In 2017, New Zealand sold 543,621 cases of wines on the Irish market, rising to 6% of the total market of 9.1 million cases. [Source: Irish Wine Association Sept 2018]

Figures for the retail wine sector in Ireland on a MAT basis, for the period March 2017-2018, show that the market for wine in the off-trade grew. According to Scantrack the MAT volume figure for nine-litre case sales to March 2018 were 5,689,969 up from 5,416,383 in March 2017 an increase of 5.16%. Countries showing the strongest growth during the period March 2017 to March 2018, include New Zealand. MAT figures to March 2018 from Nielsen Scantrack show that off-trade sales of New Zealand wine increase by 6.88% in terms of value and by 5.36% in terms of volume sales. [Source: Nielsen Scantrack March 2018]

Masterclasses 

1-1.30pm - For trade: Exploring New Zealand’s Regional Heroes

Join John Wilson on a journey around New Zealand wine regions to showcase New Zealand’s classic regional and varietal expressions.  

Places at the Masterclass are limited and must be pre-booked. Please contact Jean Smullen to book.

7-7.30pm - For consumers: The New Zealand Wine Trail 

John Wilson of The Irish Times will lead you on a road trip around New Zealand wine regions to highlight the diverse array of styles being produced today. 

Tickets priced: €5

Themed Tables

The Sommelier Sauvignon Selection

Sommeliers who have been to New Zealand on 'Sommit', the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier scholarship have nominated their favourite Sauvignon Blanc discoveries on the trip. This is a selection of those Sauvignons which stood out to them and would work well on a restaurant wine list.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is grown throughout New Zealand and strongly reflects our terroir and the huge regional diversity. A wide range of Chardonnay styles are produced in New Zealand, from fruit-driven and unoaked, to luscious examples with complexity, elegance, and a touch of oak. This tasting is a small snapshot of what the country can offer for this most versatile of grape varieties.

Participating wineries

For the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers annual tasting, wineries include: Askerne Winery, Awatere River, Babich, Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Lawsons Dry Hills, Mt Beautiful Wines - Teece Family Vineyards, Nautilus, Oyster Bay,  Pegasus Bay, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair Family Estate, Seifried Estate, the Pa Family Vineyards, Villa Maria, Waimea, Wither Hills, Yealands Family Wines. 

To purchase tickets

For both the consumer show and masterclass bookings,  you can use the following methods to book:

Click here for online bookings (credit cards accepted). 

For Dublin: contact Jean Smullen at [email protected] and tel: +353 (0)86 816 8468.

For London: New Zealand Winegrowers tel: +44 (0)207 973 8079 or contact Sarah Shepherd at [email protected]

For more information visit: nzwine.com.