New Zealand Winegrowers has announced its annual UK trade tasting event is to move to a new venue for 2018, with added features for its visitors.

The event, which is themed Flavours of New Zealand, will be held on 15 January 2018 at the new venue of Westminster Bridge – County Hall.

Small focused seminars will be held to explore the different varieties and styles that New Zealand has to offer. The events will be led by Peter McCombie MW, and Rebecca Gibb, MW; and they comprise short 30 minute seminars such as Diversity of Sauvignon Blanc, Unexpected Varieties, Different Shades of Pinot, and Classic Reds; as well as a consumer discovery seminar in the evening.

Another new feature will be The Masters Selection table. Fifteen Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers from around the world, who have visited New Zealand recently, were asked to nominate their top three choices. Nearly 100 wines were nominated and from this list, sixteen wines have been selected to best showcase a wide range of styles, varieties and regions.

Chris Stroud, marketing manager Europe for New Zealand Winegrowers, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing New Zealand wines in the new venue and welcoming the trade to one of the first major tastings of the year. New Zealand is as popular as ever in the UK market, so we are delighted to bring in some new features for the tasting to highlight our brad range of styles.”

New Zealand wines continue to grow in the UK market with more than 15% growth in volume and 14% in value, according to Nielsen data (to 07/10/17). New Zealand also has the highest average price of any country at £7.10, above the national average of £5.57. 

Trade Guests can register for the tasting here: