Wine Australia and New Zealand Winegrowers will host their annual UK trade tastings together in 2025.

Taking place at Lindley Hall in London on January 30, and The Balmoral in Edinburgh on February 4, the Australia and New Zealand Trade Tasting will “connect wineries and importers with trade and media”.

New Zealand Winegrowers’ annual trade tasting has been running since 1982 and Wine Australia’s since 1986. This will be the first time that the two national associations have come together to run the event.

The collaboration follows a successful Australia and New Zealand masterclass in Manchester in June 2024 (pictured) and trade and consumer tastings in Copenhagen and Stockholm in October 2023.

Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia regional general manager UK/EMEA, said the UK is a key market for Australian and New Zealand wine.

“The Aussies and Kiwis are good mates, and we have lots of things in common. Fine wine, great food, stunning scenery, the cool Southern Ocean and a friendly laid-back attitude. The tasting will showcase Australia and New Zealand’s distinctive terroirs, vibrant winemaking communities and thrilling wines.”

Chris Stroud, New Zealand Winegrowers market manager – Europe, added: “Our trade tastings were a week apart and in the same venue in 2024. Teaming up enables importers to showcase a wider portfolio at one event, and it helps buyers, retailers and sommeliers get the most out of a day away from their business. Guests travel from across the UK and Europe, so it’s cost-effective, time-efficient, and offers greater exploration of the southern hemisphere.”