New Zealand Winegrowers London Annual Tasting 2020


OXO2, Level Two OXO Tower Wharf , Bargehouse Street , London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom

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New Zealand Winegrowers have announced the event programme for the 2020 Annual Tasting in London to be held at The Oxo2 on Wednesday 15th January.


In what is thought to be a first for a national trade tasting,  a Buyers Breakfast briefing will be held with Maria Castroviejo, a senior analyst at Rabobank, who will provide a global overview of the New Zealand wine market.  The briefing will address key issues that affect businesses today including supply and demand as well as projections for 2020.


During the tasting itself, there will be two masterclasses hosted by Rebecca Gibb MW: 


New Zealand Coming of Age

New Zealand is a young wine-producing country and its early success has been built on drink young, fruity styles. However, vines and winemakers are maturing and time is showing that the country’s wines have the components to age gracefully. This masterclass is by invitation only.  


Pinot Noir from Valley Floor to Mountain Slope

 A masterclass investigating the marked impact of site on New Zealand Pinot Noir.  This will provide an introduction to valley vs hillside Pinot Noir expressions.


In addition two self pour feature tables will showcase the growing diversity in New Zealand:

  • Unexpected New Zealand will highlight smaller plantings and unexpected blends that are being produced in New Zealand.
  • Rosé will focus on a growing trend, with more and more New Zealand producers making a wide range of wines in this style.


New Zealand Wine remains as popular as ever in the UK market and continues to grow with the latest Nielsen figures showing volume growth up 5.7% and value growth up 6.6% making it the 5th largest country of origin by value.  This is driven by Sauvignon Blanc which holds a 49% share of the category in the UK Market.*


New Zealand Winegrowers Europe Marketing Manager Chris Stroud says: “With the continued strong performance of New Zealand in the UK market the Annual Tasting is a must attend event for the Trade.  It is the biggest showcase of New Zealand wine globally and there is lots to discover for buyers at the tasting with our event programme and feature tables along with the 49 exhibiting wineries.  In total we are pleased to offer over 300 wines from 25 varieties and styles and 9 regions.”


If you would like any further information about the event programme please contact Chris Stroud.


 You can register for the tasting using this link:


*Nielsen Scantrack data MAT 1/11/2019

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