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Festivale Masterclass Experiences at Victoria’s on the Park

Festivale red wine pouring

Indulge in a palate-pleasing array of Tasmanian wine, beer, cider and produce. Engage with some of Tasmania's most inspirational food and beverage producers. 



5.30pm – 6.15pm 

Best of the Best   SORRY - SOLD OUT!

Our perennially popular Festivale Wine Awards winner’s masterclass is moving to the new time of Friday night. Two of our Festivale wine judges will take you through each class and its winner, educate you on how they objectively judge the wines and fill you in on what it takes produce an
award winning wine.

Curly Haslam-Coates, Wine & Spirits Educator, Vintage Tasmania. 
James Welsh, Sommelier & Co-Owner, Stillwater and Black Cow Restaurants. 



11.30am – 12.15pm 

Cider - Behind the fruit 

Craft cider is so hot right now, and Tasmania is leading the charge, converting our ‘Apple Isle’ to the ‘Cider Isle’. Let two of our expert local cidermakers teach you about ‘real cider’, made from real fruit with real cidermaking methods. This class will include the award winning ciders from the Festivale Cider Awards.

Malcolm Freedman, Cidermaker,
Willie Smiths Cider. 
Corey Baker, Cidermaker & Co-founder, Red Brick Road Cider.


1.15pm - 2.00pm 

Gin ... do you even know your spirit?  SORRY - SOLD OUT!

We’ve heard about the botanicals, but what do you know about the base spirit that distillers use to make the gin? Let our fabulous local distillers educate you on the variety of base ingredients that can go into this enticing spirit and how the botanical matching then has to shift.

Karina Dambergs, Distiller & Co-founder, Edward & Edward Tasmanian Distillers.
Natalie Fryar, Head Distiller, Abel Gin Co.


3.00pm - 3.45pm

Pinot Noir - the versatile grape  SORRY - SOLD OUT!

Yes it’s a red grape, but did you know it makes clear sparkling wines and Rose? Come along and taste some of the best sparkling, Rose and Pinot Noir from a range of producers and learn more about this fickle, but flexible grape variety. 

Tom Wallace, Winemaker & Winery Manager, Brown Family Wine Group. 
Greer Carland, Winemaker, Quiet Mutiny.


4.45pm - 5.30pm

Four Beer, Four Cheeses - iconic beer and cheese

Contrary to popular belief, beer is a fantastic accompaniment to cheese. Taste your way through a selection of beers from award winning James Boags Brewery accompanied with iconic King Island cheeses. A class that will satisfy both beer and cheese lovers alike.

Ueli Berger, Head Cheesemaker, Lion Nathan. 
Nathan Calman, Head Brewer, James Boag’s Brewery. 



10.30am – 11.15am

Alternative Variety Wines - new and different grapes being grown in Tasmania

There is more to Tasmania than our sparkling wines and our Pinots. Some of our innovative growers are producing amazing varietals that you may never have heard of, but here is your chance to gain insight into these varieties, including how they taste and how to say them!

Curly Haslam-Coates, Wine & Spirits Educator, Vintage Tasmania
Fred Peacock, Owner, Bream Creek Vineyard.


12.15pm -1.00pm 

Other Spirits - guaranteed to warm your senses   

The Tasmanian distilling craze is forging ahead full steam. Come along and hear about the mix of spirits our Island is becoming known for – you will be pleasantly surprised at what you will learn and taste.

Peter Bignell, Owner & Distiller, Belgrove Distillery.
Roger O’Meagher, Co-owner & Distiller, Knocklofty.


2.00pm - 2.45pm 

Plumm Glassware - does the wineglass really matter?

Does the wine glass really matter? – YES IT TRULY DOES! - Join Plumm Ambassador, Jared Dickason as he takes you on a journey of discovery on how important a glass can be to enjoying a fine wine. Be ready to enjoy a range superb range of Tasmanian wines with style specific glassware, with your own hand you will witness how the correct wine glass can enhance the taste and drinking experience beyond your imagination. Prepare to be challenged and astounded!! – Special offers on the glassware to those who book this masterclass.

Jared Dickenson, Red & White, Plumm Ambassador.



Please access your Masterclass via Festivale. Please note you will need an entry ticket in addition to your Masterclass ticket(s) to access Festivale.

Ticket Prices

Friday 1st February $30 per Masterclass experience or $50 including Festivale ticket (plus booking/credit card fees)
Saturday 2nd February $30 per Masterclass experience or $55 including Festivale ticket (plus booking/credit card fees)
Sunday 3rd February $30 per Masterclass experience or $45 including Festivale ticket (plus booking/credit card fees)

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Festivale is proudly supported by:
  • Presenting Partners
  • Sparkling Sponsors
  • Media Partners
  • Pinot Noir Sponsors
  • Pinot Noir Sponsors
  • Sauvignon Blanc Sponsors
  • Sauvignon Blanc Sponsors
  • Chardonnay Sponsors
  • Riesling Sponsors
  • Riesling Sponsors
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