Emerging varieties and trends in the New Zealand wine industry

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Join us for a look at some of the emerging grape varieties of New Zealand and how this is changing trends in wine making.

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For a long time, New Zealand wine has been dominated by Sauvignon Blanc. However, different grape varieties are starting to emerge from the country. Join our panel of experts as they discuss these and the impact they are having on the trends in the New Zealand wine industry.

Taking place during New Zealand Wine Week (7-11 February 2022), this webinar will also look at the environmental impact of viticulture and explore how New Zealand is leading the way.


Michael Darby DipWSET, Wine Education Co.

Celia Hay DipWSET, Director, The New Zealand School of Food and Wine

Director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Celia Hay has been educating the next generation of wine, hospitality and culinary professionals since founding the school in 1995. Holding both the MBA and Master of Education, Celia's focus is on creating education programmes that are approved by the NZ Qualifications Authority. Celia's restaurant, Hay's was open from 1994 -2011 when it was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes. Celia is author of the New Zealand Wine Guide (2019 2nd ed.) and How to Grow Your Hospitality Business, a guide for owners and managers (2017, 3rd ed.) She is president of the NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals and works closely with ASI Association of Sommeliers International.

Jane Skilton MW DipWSET, Owner, The New Zealand School of Wines and Spirits

Jane began her wine career in London, completing the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 1988, gaining both the Frescobaldi and College du Cognac scholarships. She became a Master of Wine in 1993 and continues to take an active role in MW activities. In 2000 Jane and her family moved to New Zealand and in 2006 she founded the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching WSET qualifications to trade and consumers. Whilst most of her time is spent delivering WSET courses around New Zealand, she travels internationally to teach too. She enjoys judging wine competitions and has been the guest international judge at a number of Chinese and Australian wine shows. Jane is the NZ Editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine and contributes to a number of other wine publications both in New Zealand and overseas.

This event does not necessarily constitute official WSET course material and should not be used as such.

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