Family of Twelve Exclusive Tasting for member

Join us on February 11, 2019 for this special tasting.

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Marek on Fortifieds - December 3, 2018

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Marek presents an impressive line-up of Fortified wines including Palo Cortado, Boal, Rutherglen muscat And Banyuls @somm_from_yum_cha_place

Andrea Martinisi: Italian wine and working at the Fat Duck: Tuesday 13 Nov 3.30pm

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Andrea Martinisi worked at The Fat Duck both in UK and when it originally opened in Melbourne for six months in 2015. 
Andrea is now living in Auckland and working as beverage director at The Grove Restaurant and Baduzzi for legendary Auckland restaurateur Michael P Dearth.
Come along and meet Andrea while he leads us through a tasting of some of his favourite Italian wines and talks about his career today with insights to the busy and refined world of Michelin Guide rated restaurants.

Cost $15 for members: Promo code NZSWP to get discount
$25 for non members


Meet Jonathan Ross MS - Sunday 19 August 11am

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jonathan has worked in New York at a number of high profile restaurants including Eleven Madison Park as head sommelier before moving to Melbourne in 2017. Jonathan is currently Beverage Director for the Rockpool Dining Group's Victorian operations and is an educator for the Guild of Sommeliers. 
Jonathan joins us as part of the judging panel for the New Zealand Sommelier and Junior Sommelier Competition with a public viewing on Sunday 19 August at 2pm. 

NZSWP Members can also attend a masterclass about his journey to become a Master Sommelier on Sunday 19 August at 11am.
The cost is $20 for non-members
There is no cost for members however you need to register by following this link below and use this code NZSWP_2018 for a discount. 

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W&F Celebration General Admission Programme Sunday 19 August 12pm – 6pm

$60 per person Your General Admission ticket includes ALL wine tastings, free cooking demonstrations and wine classes

Click here to find more information


Wine Tasting and Masterclasses

The Wine Tasting Room, features a special selection of high quality, intriguing wines for you to taste and purchase. Guest wineries include Pegasus Bay, Loveblock, Yealands, Pariatua, MacVine, Mount Michael, Greystone, Clos Marguerite, Vidal, Giesen, Paritua and more

2pm Joelle Thomson Focus on Chenin Blanc

Discover 'the Great White' - once one of New Zealand's brightest stars, now increasingly rare. In this interesting session Joelle delves into the deliciously diverse world of Chenin Blanc includes wines from New Zealand, The Loire Valley and South Africa.

4pm Natural wines with Lynnette Hudson

Natural wines leave as much to nature as possible hoping to retain the personality of the grape without masking it with winemaking techniques and sulphur. Orange wine refers to white grapes fermented as a red wine including long periods of skin contact. Come and find out more from winemaker Lynnette Hudson.

2pm NZ Sommelier of Year Wine Presentation to Judges

Take a seat and watch the finalist as they present and open Champagne for the judges while answering questions, making wine recommendations and discussing food and wine pairing.

Cookery Demonstrations:

11am Cooking Demonstration ONE Dish Dinners with Celia Hay

Join Celia to find our more about how you can prepare a meal in one pan on your stove top or barbecue...Not including dessert!

1pm Cooking Demonstration Salmon~three ways with David Schofield

Learn some simple fish tips and techniques to transform your cooking repertoire when preparing salmon for dinner at home.



Wines of Swartland, South Africa

Tuesday 29 May

Learn about these fascinating wines with Martin Cahnbley

CMS Examination Briefing: Monday 19 April 3.30pm

Join Cameron J Douglas MS for a briefing on the Court of Master Sommelier Certificates that will be assessed from 26 - 28 May in Auckland. Cameron will explain the format for the certification process, run though the tasting methodology and give important study tips and advice for people considering the Court of Master Sommeliers programmes.

Practice your tasting skills with Ellero Pinot Noir 2014 and a special Mystery white wine.

NZ Sommelier Members: $15  Non Members $25

Register online:

Discount code '10OFF''

Location: New Zealand School of Food and Wine


Monday 9 April 3.30- 5pm 

Peter Maude Fine Wines was founded in 1978 and represents some of the greatest wine names from the famous French wine making regions; Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Alsace, Loire Valley and Champagne. In addition, we offer a small selection of Italian, Spanish, U.S (California) and New Zealand wines, as well as some ports.

Peter brings you a deep knowledge of wines, coupled with up-to-date and lively anecdotes of France's vineyards and it's proud Vignerons. Peter's tasting will feature 2012 Domaine Laurent Tribut, CHABLIS 'Beauroy' Premier Cru; 2012 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot, PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 'Combettes'  

2011, Hospices de Beaune POMMARD 'Dames de la Charite' 2017, Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 'Estournelles St. Jacques'

Members $20 Please use discount code NZSWP

Non Members $30

Places limited

Register online:

Location: New Zealand School of Food and Wine 


CMS Certification training and exams

The Introductory Course and exams are May 26th through 28th and the Certified exams May 28th.

Location: Villa Maria Estate Winery in Mangere, Auckland.


The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers along with wine tastings and practical service demonstrations.

Introductory Sommelier (Level 1)       $850



Certified Sommelier qualification is the primary certification for wine and beverage professionals in the Hospitality Industry and is intended to provide a meaningful qualification for the working Sommelier. This is a serious qualification for those directly employed in the hospitality sector and working as a sommelier.

Certified Sommelier Examination:  28 May 2018 exam  $500

Please contact to register: Cameron Douglas MS

Wines of Canada & New York
Monday 12 February 2018 2.00pm

Presented by Stephanie Guth, New Zealand Sommelier of the Year 2017

Best known for Icewine, Canada is growing a reputation for world-class dry wines. There are over 500 wineries in operation across the country but production levels are often tiny and not much makes it to the export market.

Come join us and discover some of what Canada has to offer! You will learn about the different regions, styles and have a unique opportunity to try some wines from one of the most highly-regarded winemakers in the country.

NZSWP members - $15
Non Members: $25

Register online -  discount code '10OFF''

Wines of Austria
Monday 2 October 2.00pm

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Marek Przyborek is one of Europe's emerging Sommeliers. Having won Polish Best Sommelier 2017, been a semi-finalist in Castel European Young Sommelier Competition 2016 and the Chaine des Rottiseurs UK Young Sommelier Competition, he is now working in New Zealand, based at Auckland's Sky City.

We are excited to bring you an opportunity to meet Marek as he presents a tasting of some high calibre wines from Austria, 

NZSWP members - $15
Non Members: $25

Register online -  discount code '10OFF''

Sake Masterclass
Monday 1 May 3.00pm

Learn about Japan’s most famous beverage, and clear up some of the many misunderstandings that swirl around this ancient art form. Through the course of the tasting we’ll cover grades, regionality, and the concepts around food matching.

Join Wayne Shennen sommelier and hospitality professional with over forty trips to Japan. Wayne has worked in three sakè breweries across Japan and is author of the ebook ‘Demystifying Sakè". 
Join Wayne as he spreads the good word about Japan’s national drink.
NZSWP members - FOC
Non Members: $25

Register online through - discount code 'NZSWP Member'


Family of Twelve: Flagship & New Direction tasting  Tuesday 23 February 2.30pm

In conjunction with the Family of Twelve, we invite you to join us at a tasting of Flagship & New Direction Wines.
Date: Tuesday 23 February 2017
Time: 3.00 - 5.30pm

Place ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter

Please register your place via our website.

Entry is free to members of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals, please contact for the website promotional code. 

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Villa Maria Comparative Chardonnay tasting with Chief Winemaker, Nick Picone  Monday 31 October 3.30pm

In conjunction with Villa Maria, we invite you to join us at Auckland's newest and hippest theatre to taste and learn about Villa Maria's Chardonnay from vineyards in Auckland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. 
This is a great opportunity for our members to meet Chief winemaker Nick Picone and gain a vintage update as well as tasting an impressive lineup of Villa's wines.
Date: Monday 31 October
Time: 3.30 - 5.30pm

Place ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter

Seats are limited so please email Celia ASAP
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W&F Celebration  on Saturday 10 - Monday 12 of September

At the New Zealand School of Food and Wine 
We have this interesting Spanish chef who is making avant-garde tapas in Hong Kong, tasting room of NZ and Spanish wines, Urban Hangi, American BBQ plus Lyndey Milan, TV chef from Australia and former Food Director of the Australian Women’s Weekly.

NZ and Spanish Wine Room Tasting sessions

1. Sunday 11 September 12 - 5pm
You can also watch the finalist competing to win the awards.
Stay on for the Sommelier Awards Dinner with Saan Restaurant, click here to reserve a seat at this dinner.
2. Monday 12 September 4 - 8pm 
Click here for you complementary trade pass.


Travel Scholarship for NZ Somm or Junior Somm competitions

The Hospitality Training Trust has granted 12 travel scholarships of $200 to compete on September 11 in Auckland at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.
If you live outside of the greater Auckland area, you can apply for this scholarship.
Click here to register for the competition.
Email us with your CV to apply for the Travel Scholarship.

Sake Masterclass with Dave Joll 

Monday 1st August, starts at 6pm 
The Spire Hotel, 3-5 Church Lane, Queenstown

To book ticket to this tasting, please email directly.

Italian Wines with Michael Palij MW

Saturday 6th August, 2:30-4:30pm 
Harlequin Public House, 32 Salisbury St, Christchurch 
NZD$60.00 for non-members, NZD$50 for members. 
NZSWP members, please use promotional code ‘10OFF’ to validate $10 discount.

To book ticket to this tasting, please click here.


Past Events

August 2016

NZSWP Training workshop - The art of wine service: building your career

Christchurch: training with Mike Bancks 

Monday 1st August, 2:30-4:30pm 
The George Hotel, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch

Queenstown: training with Mike Bancks 

Tuesday 2 August, 1:00-4pm 
Sasso Restaurant, 16 Church St, Queenstown

Auckland: training with Andy Gladding

Wednesday 3 August, 2:30-4:30pm 
NZSFW, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Auckland


July 2016

Hawkes Bay: launch and training with Mike Bancks 

Monday 25th July, 2:30-5pm 
Masonic Hotel, 2 Tennyson St, Napier

Wellington: training with Maciej Zimny

Tuesday 26th July, 1:00-4pm 
Noble Rot, 6 Swan Ln, Te Aro, Wellington


June 2016

‘Playing With Aromatics’ Tasting and Launch of NZSWP Christchurch Satellite

371 St Asaph St, Central City, Christchurch
Monday 13-June-2016, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, NZD$40.00 for non-members, NZD$30 for members.

NZSWP members, please use promotional code '10OFF' to validate $10 discount.


May 2016

New Zealand Sparkling Wine Symposium

Learn more about New Zealand's innovative sparkling wines.

Level 3, Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland
Monday 16-May-2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, NZD$25.00. 


Orange Wine Tasting and Launch of NZSWP Queenstown Satellite

Sherwood Hotel, 554/558 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 
Sunday 1-May-2016, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, NZD$30.00. 

Stephen Wong MW has just recently been given the well deserved title of "Master of Wine" and will be in Queenstown to help launch the NZSWP - Queenstown Satellite. He will be conducting a tasting on Orange & Natural Wines and it should be a great tasting. 


April 2016

Orange Wine Tasting and Launch of NZSWP Wellington Satellite

Whitebait Private Room, 1 Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington Waterfront
Thursday 7-Apr-2016, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, NZD$20.00.

Join Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW for a flying visit through the world of orange wines (skin-fermented whites), covering the classic regions of Kakheti, Georgia and Friuli, Italy as well as Australia and four regions in New Zealand.

The tasting will span a range from friendly and fruit-driven to serious and challenging wines, all conducted in a forum discussion format. After the tasting, Cameron Douglas MS will be fielding questions about training as a sommelier, so if you have been wondering about getting certification, don't miss out on attending this event.

Tickets are only $20, as they are partly subsidised by the New Zealand Sommeliers & Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) to celebrate the Wellington launch.



March 2016

NZSWP Launch  & Orange Wine Tasting

The New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) was officially launched on March 7, 2016 in Auckland. NZSWP is registered an incorporated society and is not for profit. Its primary goal is to create a community of people from around New Zealand working with wine, beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic), wine and beverage sales, wine and beverage marketing within the sectors of hospitality, wine, wine tourism, wine education, wine marketing and sales; to create a community of wine and beverage enthusiasts and people who share the values of the Association.

Founding committee members of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) - Cameron Douglas MS (patron), Celia Hay (chair), Karen Fistonich, Stephen Wong MW (Wellington) and Claudio Heye (Central Otago).

The launch of NZSFW was celebrated with a fascinating tasting of ‘orange’ wines – white grapes transformed by using traditional red wine-making techniques such as fermenting on skins, often for considerable time; aged in clay amphora vessels with minimal sulphur.


Mount Edward Clockwork Orange 2014 - equal blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay

Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Series Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer - Fermented on Skins Orange 2014

The Hermit Ram Skin Fermented Muller Thurgau 2015

Muddy Water Growers Series Skin Fermented Pinot Gris 2015

From Friuli in North-east Italy, we tried the indigenous grapes of Ribolla and Vitovska source via Framingham Vineyard winemaker Andrew Hedley:

Princic Ribolla Gialla 2011

Zidarich Vitovska 2011

From Georgia, Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli 2011 one of the oldest known grapes, made in the traditional method using clay amphora (vessels) dug into the ground, covered and left to nature.


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NZ Sommelier & Wine Professionals launch with flavours of 'orange' wine

On March 7, Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Celia Hay proudly established the New Zealand Sommelier and Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) . Our goal is to create a not for profit organisation to build a community of people from around New Zealand working with wine, beverages, wine and beverage marketing within the sectors of hospitality, wine, wine tourism, wine education, wine marketing and sales.

We are joined on our foundation committee with Karen Fistonich, chair of Villa Maria, Stephen Wong MW, NZ's newest Master of Wine, who will carry the torch in Wellington, Angela Clifford in Canterbury and Claudio Heye in Central Otago. Cameron, who is now travelling regularly to USA since his appointment to the Board of the Court of Master Sommeliers USA, will be patron and I will chair the association. Going forward, we will be able to join ASI, the world Association of Sommeliers International and be actively part of this community. In April, Mike Bancks from Craggy Range and I will travel to Mendoza, Argentina where Mike will represent New Zealand in the ASI Best Sommelier of the World competition.

We celebrated the launch of NZSWP with a tasting for the curious. There has been lots of talk about the merits (or lack of them) with the current fashion of ‘orange’ wines. And, these wines are not made from oranges, but white grapes transformed by using traditional red wine-making techniques such as fermenting on skins, often for considerable time; aged in clay amphora vessels with minimal sulphur. These methods are not commonly associated white wine making and now, around the world, we are seeing considerable experimentation with a host of different techniques. 

Winemaker Lynnette Hudson, who has earned her dynamic reputation as a part of the original Pegasus Bay team, took on the challenge of leading us through this tasting of local and international orange wines.

From Central Otago, Mount Edward Clockwork Orange 2014, a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.  Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Series Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer - fermented on skins 2014, The Hermit Ram skin fermented Muller Thurgau 2015 and Muddy Water Growers Series skin fermented Pinot Gris 2015.

From Friuli in North-East Italy, we tried the indigenous grapes of Ribolla and Vitovska: Princic Ribolla Gialla 2011, Zidarich Vitovska 2011. From Georgia, we tasted Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli 2011, one of the oldest known grapes. This wine was made in the traditional method using clay amphora dug into the ground, covered and left to nature.



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