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Dux & MW Award of 2018 Wine Tutorial Announced

24. 07. 2018

 “The Family are very proud to have hosted our most ambitious educational event yet.  To support a vibrant future for New Zealand wine and its next generation of industry leaders, the tutorial has created twelve passionate ambassadors for New Zealand wine.” Family Chair Paul Donaldson.

The family are thrilled to have hosted such an engaged cohort of twelve participants at Family wineries Craggy Range and Villa Maria in the Hawkes Bay last week.  Congratulations to all tutorial participants.

At the Tutorial’s conclusion the Family were delighted to name Andres Aragon Perez from the Merivale Group in Sydney as Tutorial Dux.  Andres demonstrated a true passion for wine with the ability to communicate this in an articulate and personable way.  We believe he will be a dynamic and engaging wine ambassador.  As his prize Andres will return to New Zealand to tour all twelve Family wineries and also receives a collection of the Family’s hero wines for his cellar.

In addition to the Dux the Family are privileged to name Maciej Zimny of Noble Rot Wine Bar in Wellington as the winner of the Institute of Masters of Wine Prize.  As the candidate showing most promise for the Institute’s MW education program Maciej will travel to Adelaide, sponsored by the Institute, to the attend their annual educational seminar in November 2018. Maceij also wins an experience to visit the Barossa Valley hosted by our sister family Australia’s First Families of Wine.

Over three immersive days the participants were tutored and challenged to be the best that they could be in a series of compelling blind-tasting workshops tutored by Family members and an external moderator Master of Wine, Emma Jenkins. This format was very effective, enabling the Family to pass on their knowledge and wisdom to the participants.

Tutorial Wine Chair Blair Walter, of Felton Road, said “The workshops and dinners showcased the Family’s best amongst line-ups of fine and fascinating wines from many of the world’s greatest estates; a global context for fine New Zealand wine. Over the three days a small army of volunteer sommeliers deftly poured some 3600 wine tastes from 85 different producers, in 57 wine regions across 11 countries from Argentina to Georgia into hundreds of Riedel glasses”.

Incoming Family Chair, Paul Donaldson says “Wine is all about people so tasting great wines in the company of industry peers, pioneering wine-growers and Masters of Wine added a deep and memorable dimension to the learning experience of these future industry leaders”.  Paul adds that “we’re excited to plan the next wine tutorial which again will be open to anyone working with New Zealand wine, wherever in the world they’re based.” Dates to be advised but those interested are encouraged to reach out to us at

Such an event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Riedel the Wine Glass Company, Antipodes Water, Air New Zealand, Garage Project beer, Australia’s First Families of Wine and the Institute of Masters of Wine along with many wine merchants and wineries who dug deep to help us out. Sponsor Details Here



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