Head to the wine seminar lounge where you’ll find experts guiding you through tastings and chatting about a range of varietals. It’s the perfect place to learn something new about your favourite tipple.

12:00PM | Pegasus Bay | Ed Donaldson


Ed helped his parents and brothers plant the vines at Pegasus Bay in the mid-1980’s – the Donaldsons were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Pegasus Bay has grown to be one of the premier wineries in the country. Their aim is to grow the highest quality grapes, handle them with the utmost respect, with minimal intervention at all stages from wine to bottle. Join Ed for a fun and informative tasting of North Canterbury wines.

1:00PM | Master of Wine | Stephen Wong


With a career in wine that spans the full gamut from vineyard worker to sommelier, Master of Wine Stephen Wong is now fully immersed in the world of wine and is responsible for crafting some of the finest wine lists in New Zealand and around the world. Natural wine is one of Stephen’s greatest passions.

2:00PM | Master of Wine | Bob Campbell


Revered Master of Wine and festival favourite, Bob Campbell returns to the Seminar Lounge for the 10th consecutive year! Bob is one of just over 300 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. Join him for a masterclass on his favourite varietal, Pinot Noir.

3:00PM | Prophet’s Rock Wines | Angie Atkinson


Angie is passionate about all aspects of the wine industry – when she’s not selling wine, tasting wine, writing about wine or talking about wine, she’s probably drinking wine! A certified Sommelier, Angie is an enthusiastic proponent for trying something new and in her seminar at the Festival, she’ll encourage you to do the same!

4:00PM | Giesen | Duncan Shouler


Duncan is Chief Winemaker at Giesen, where he aims to incorporate the small, hands-on winemaking techniques he learned whilst working at boutique wineries into his everyday work. Originally hailing from the UK, Duncan loves the unique Marlborough landscape and will share his insights into what makes wine from this region so very special.

5:00PM | Carrick | Rosie Menzies


Carrick is one of the most highly regarded producers of fine wine in Central Otago, crafting small production, organic, estate grown wines. Winemaker Rosie Menzies travelled the globe, developing a passion for organic wine. Now settled amongst the vines at Carrick, Rosie is deeply immersed in the world of Central Otago wines and she will share her knowledge on wines from that region at the festival this year.