Presented by Gourmet Traveller Wine

Wine Masterclasses

Proudly presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE, our Italian wine masterclasses will be hosted by Max Allen. Each masterclass is an hour long and will feature 10 exceptional wines. A panel of industry experts (winemakers, sommeliers, importers, educators) will be on hand to shed light on the grape varieties, regions and personalities behind what’s in your glass. These classes sell-out every year, so book early to avoid disappointment.

$50 per person (festival entry not included)


Grandi Vini All-Day Masterclass Pass

For the ultimate Italian wine lover or industry professional.
Includes entry to all 3 wine masterclasses plus all-day festival entry + all-day wine zone entry.

$135 per person (value over $245)


Featuring special guest Andi Punter from Franz Haas winery. South Tyrol, or Alto Adige, on Italy’s northern border, was part of the Austrian Empire  until 1919; and still displays a strong Germanic character. Vineyards are located on spectacular sites up to 1000m along the Isarco and Adige rivers, which flow from the Alps to meet just south of Bolzano. White wine accounts for 60% of production in the region; the main varietals being Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay. In terms of red wine the most important native varietal is Lagrein; although the Alto Adige is also recognized for releasing Italy’s greatest Pinot Noirs. This masterclass will showcase the rich diversity of the region, and you will taste some of the best examples currently available.

Panelists:  Matt Paul (Importer-Trembath & Taylor), Andi Punter (Franz Haas Winery)

Wineries:  Franz Haas, Arunda, Kettmeir, Elena Walch, Tiefenbrunner, Alois Lageder + more


Featuring special guest Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi from Rocca di Montegrossi winery. While French varieties have probably made their way into Italy for hundreds of years, the modern era can be traced to the decision by the Marchese Mario Incisa dell Rocchetta in the 1940’s to plant Cabernet Sauvignon at the Tenuta San Guido Estate on coastal Tuscany. The resulting wine, ‘Sassicaia’, launched a revolution in Tuscan (and Italian) winemaking; leading to the planting of many other French varieties into the traditional Italian wine landscape. Today Tuscany is home to a broad range of French varieties, produced either as a single wine, or blended with Tuscany’s native son, Sangiovese.

Panelists:  Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi (Rocca di Montegrossi Winery), Matt Paul (Importer-Trembath & Taylor)

Wineries:  Rocca di Montegrossi, Ornellaia, Fontodi, Isole e Olena, Barone Ricasoli, Ca’Marcanda, I Giusti e Zanza, Montesecondo, Poliziano + more


It is impossible to talk about Barbaresco without mentioning its more well-known neighbour, Barolo; which often causes Barbaresco to be unfairly relegated to a ‘bridesmaid’ role. Like Barolo, Barbaresco must be made from 100% Nebbiolo, and aged for a specific length of time before release. Traditionally regarded as the more ‘feminine’ style, today stylistic differences are less evident, due to greater winemaker influence. In this masterclass we will look at some of the sub-zone characteristics within the appellation, as well as icon and lesser-known producers.

Panelists:  Sally McGill (Importer-Casama Group), Sebastian Crowther (Sommelier-Rockpool Group)

Wineries:  Ceretto, Bruno Rocca, Batasiolo, Dante Rivetti, Bera, Fletcher, Punset + more