Gourmet Traveller Wine presents

Wine Masterclasses

Proudly presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE, our Italian wine masterclasses will be hosted by renowned wine journalist Huon Hooke. Curated by Sommeliers with both professionals and amateurs in mind, each masterclass is an hour long and features 10 exceptional wines. A panel of industry experts (winemakers, sommeliers, importers, educators) will be on hand to shed light on the varieties, regions and personalities behind what’s in your glass.

$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, all-day festival entry plus all-day wine zone entry.

$135 per person (value over $245)


Sadly, prejudice based on colour still exists in our society; as evidenced by the second-class treatment often afforded to Italian white wine. While Italy’s red wines are regaled around the world for their complexity, expression of terroir, and suitability to food, it’s counterpart is often dismissed as being ‘light and easy drinking’. In this session we will taste wines from some of Italy’s most important white wine appellations; wines of true character with an ability to age. As well, a selection of skin contact wines will be included, highlighting the recent growth of this category.

Panelists: Adrian Filiuta MS (Merivale Group) Matt Dunne (Solotel Group)

Wineries:  Sally McGill (Importer-Casama Group),


Featuring special guest Marco Fabris from Nonino distillery. A sometimes mis-understood style, Grappa production is based in the north-eastern region of Friuli, where master distillers transform grape pomace into a spirit that is regarded by many Italians as the ideal digestif after a rich meal. Quality grappa will show some of the characteristics of the base pomace from which it has been distilled, while oak-aged grappa adds another flavour dimension to the tasting experience. Variations of style include ‘Acquavite d’uva’, made from distilling the juice (must) and pomace; as well as infused grappa, where a single flavouring ingredient is added. These styles include honey, rue, and camomile.

Panelists:  Marco Fabris (Nonino Distillery, Friuli), Matt Paul (Trembath & Taylor Italian Wine Importers) Stefano Manfredi

Distilleries:  Nonino,


With special guest Luca Currado from Vietti Winery. While Piedmont might battle with Tuscany for the title of ‘Italy’s Greatest Red Wine Region’, there is no doubt Piedmont reigns supreme when it comes to varietal diversity. Nebbiolo is still the king of Piedmont (and Italian) red wine, producing the internationally renowned appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco; followed a small distance behind by the rich and robust Barbera, and the fragrant and juicy Dolcetto. This list continues with a plethora of quality varieties, including Pelaverga, Freisa, Brachetto, Grignolino, Ruche and Bonarda; many of these being produced not just as still red wines, but also as sweet and/or sparkling wines.

Panelists:  Luca Currado (Vietti Winery), Matt Paul (Trembath & Taylor),  Sally McGill (Joval Italian Wine Importers) Ian Cook (Five Way Cellars)

Wineries:  Vietti,