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 | Dr Jo Burzynska. Oenosthesia


Dr Jo Burzynska is an Australasia-based sound artist, wine writer, researcher, and curator. Her work in these areas has converged in the production of multisensory art and the design of immersive environments, which include the establishment of the world’s first ‘wine and sound’ bar. As a sound/multisensory artist she has exhibited, performed, and released her work around the world, while in her role as an international wine critic and judge, she has written widely read wine columns and is the author of Wine Class: All You Need to Know About Wine in New Zealand.

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 | Sophie Parker-Thompson


Sophie is New Zealand’s newest Master of Wine and is a wine producer and wine industry consultant based in Marlborough. She is the co-founder of Blank Canvas, crafting small-batch wines from exceptional single vineyard sites in Marlborough, Central Otago and the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. In addition, she is also the co-founder of the consultancy business, Lock, Stock & Barrel, providing comprehensive wine industry consulting services spanning vine to bottle. A zealous advocate of the quality and sub-regional diversity of New Zealand and particularly Marlborough wines, Sophie has also been a New Zealand consultant to the World Atlas of Wine (8th ed.).

3:00PM | Duncan Shouler and Roscoe Johanson

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.

Roscoe is the Global Brand Ambassador for Giesen and Ara Wines. With a 20 year background in Hospitality Management and a passion for the Marlborough region, his role is to share his love of Marlborough wines with all corners of the world.

4:00PM | Emma Mettrick


Emma is a Christchurch Hospitality legend. Having been grounded in wine hospitality at an early age at Annies Wine Bar, she returned to New Zealand many years later, she co-founded ‘The Little Bistro’ in Akaroa and most recently, ‘Twenty Seven Steps’ and the upcoming ‘Downstairs’ Wine Bar on New Regent Street. Emma has been tasting and sharing a wide range of wines at her restaurants over the past ten years. In this seminar, she will share what she looks for in a wine and look at some of her favourites from her winelists.

5:00PM | Paul Donaldson


Paul is the youngest member of the Donaldson family and works for the company in the capacity of General Manager.  He works alongside his parents, all three of his brothers and various sister-in- laws, all of whom manage various aspects of a busy, robust, dedicated Winery, Deli, and Vineyard. He has recently retired from the role of Chair of the North Canterbury Winegrowers Association after 3 years, is a board member of the PinotNZ committee and is the current Chair of the Family of 12, a co-operative marketing group of 12 New Zealand wineries.