Presented by Gourmet Traveller Wine

Wine Masterclasses

Proudly presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE, our Italian wine masterclasses will be hosted by a renowned journalist. 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 wine masterclasses and all day festival entry. Value over $250

$135 per person (pre purchase only)

12.00pm WINES WITH ALTITUDE - A MOUNT ETNA MASTERCLASS hosted by Max Allen

The largest active volcano in Europe is home to one of Italy’s most dynamic and exciting wines zones, nestled on Sicily’s east coast with vineyards that stretch up to 1100m. The mineral rich soil, and altitude, creates a unique terroir that produces wines of great elegance and structure. In this masterclass you will sample examples of the native white Carricante, with its rich minerality, floral aromas, and complex honeyed fruit flavours. Red wines are made from the native Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, either individually or blended; these styles  show lively acidity, fine tannins, and clean red fruit flavours, and will repay medium to long term cellaring.

Panelists:  Sally McGill (Importer – Red + White), Matt Paul (Importer – Trembath & Taylor), Lisa Cardelli (Sommelier – Rosetta)

Wineries:   Graci, Pietradolce, Benanti, Girolamo Russo, Passopisciaro  Le Casematte

2.30pm 'I AM SIXTEEN, GOING ON SEVENTEEN..' AMARONE MASTERCLASS hosted by John Portelli

Amarone della Valpolicella, which occasionally achieves alcohol levels of 17 degrees plus, is the pinnacle in the family of Venetian wines produced in the Valpolicella zone. This style shows great complexity of flavours, which may include plum/prune, Morello cherries, vanilla, balsamic, and dark chocolate. These unusually high levels of alcohol are achieved by semi drying the whole bunches before crushing, resulting in a juice with a high concentration of sugars and acids. In this Masterclass you will taste a selection of premium Amarone, as well as Recioto (a sweet version of Amarone), and Ripasso (a Valpolicella refermented on the skins of the Amarone). Special guest will be Riccardo Tedeschi, winemaker at Tedeschi winery, whose acclaimed wines will feature.

Panelists:  Riccardo Tedeschi (Winemaker – Tedeschi Winery), James Scarcebrook (Importer – Enoteca Sydney), Rocco Esposito (Sommelier – Project Forty Nine)

Wineries:  Tedeschi, Speri, Begali, Le Salette, Tommasi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio

5.00pm 'I ATE HIS LIVER WITH SOME FAVA BEANS & A NICE GLASS OF...' CHIANTI MASTERCLASS hosted by Max Allen

Lovely match Dr Lector. Italy’s most famous appellation zone – known around the world via images such as the traditional straw-covered fiasco bottle, and the gallo nero (black rooster) symbol of the Chianti Classico Consortium. Covering a large part of central Tuscany, it is comprised of eight sub zones, the most well known being Chianti Classico; the most historic zone located between Florence and Sienna. Sangiovese is the primary varietal used, and you will taste a range of traditional and modern examples that showcase the sweet/tart cherry fruit flavours and clean acidity of this most noble grape.

Panelists:  Michael Trembath (Importer – Trembath & Taylor), Michael Fischer (Importer – Negociants) + Tim Austin (Chef / Sommelier – La Bonta)

Wineries:  Antinori, Isole e Olena, San Felice, Brancaia, Fattoria di bagnolo, Felsina, Mazzei Fonterutoli, Barone Ricasoli, Poggio al Sole, Fattoria Castellina