2019 Flavours of New Zealand

Trade Event
Date: 14/01/2019 - 14/01/2019 Time: 14:00 - 18:30

New Zealand Winegrowers will host its 22nd tasting of New Zealand wines in Ireland in January 2019.  With a number of key New Zealand wineries showing at the Dublin show in 2019 there will be over 150 New Zealand wines available to taste.

This year there will be a number of features, including the Masterclass and the themed tables:

Dublin Trade masterclass (13:00)

Exploring New Zealand’s Regional Heroes

Join John Wilson on a journey around New Zealand wine regions to showcase New Zealand’s classic regional and varietal expressions.  Places at the Masterclass are limited and must be pre-booked.  Please contact Jean Smullen to book.

Themed Tables

The Sommelier Sauvignon Selection

Sommeliers who have been to New Zealand on Sommit, the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier scholarship have nominated their favourite Sauvignon Blanc discoveries on the trip.  This is a selection of those Sauvignons which stood out to them and would work well on a restaurant wine list.


Chardonnay is grown throughout New Zealand and strongly reflects our terroir and the huge regional diversity.   A wide-range of Chardonnay styles are produced in New Zealand, from fruit-driven and unoaked, to luscious examples with complexity, elegance, and a touch of oak.  This tasting is a small snapshot of what the country can offer for this most versatile of grape varieties.

New Zealand wines have a great following here in Ireland.  In 2017 New Zealand sold  543,621 cases of wines on the Irish market, rising to 6% of the total market of 9.1 million cases.  Source:  Irish Wine Association Sept 2018

 Figures for the retail wine sector in Ireland on a MAT basis, for the period March 2017-2018, show that the market for wine in the off trade grew. According to Scantrack  the MAT volume figure for 9 litre case sales to March 2018 were 5,689,969 up from 5,416,383 in March 2017 an increase of +5.16%.   Countries showing strongest growth during the period March 2017 to March 2018, include New Zealand.

 MAT figures to March 2018 from Nielsen Scantrack show that off trade sales of New Zealand wine increases by +6.88% in terms of value and by +5.36% in terms of volume sales.  Source:  Nielsen Scantrack March 2018

The trade and press tasting on Monday 14th January, 2019 will run from 2.00 – 6.00 p.m. 

Participating wineries for the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers annual tasting include:  

Askerne Winery, Awatere River, Babich,  Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Lawsons Dry Hills, Marisco, Mt Beautiful Wines - Teece Family Vineyards, Nautilus, Oyster Bay,  Pegasus Bay, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair Family Estate, Seifried Estate,   te Pa Family Vineyards, Villa Maria, Waimea, Wither HIlls, Yealands Family Wines

For more information contact:

Jean Smullen in Dublin. Email:  jean@jeansmullen.com 
Telephone (086) 816 8468

 London Office: 

New Zealand Winegrowers Tel:  + 44 207 973 8079

Contact Sarah Shepherd SarahS@nzwine.com