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The best of the Yarra Valley’s Wine Varieties in our Masterclasses.

These private classes will include special tastings featuring a range of premium wines from some of our best-known wineries and also tastings from some of the lesser known yet equally impressive producers from the region.

In each masterclass you will receive tastings of 5 hand picked wines from our panel of experts,and also a glass of your choice of wine from the 5 tastings that will be accommpanied with cheeses from the famous Yarra Valley Dairy. As the masterclasses will be small groups only please pre book as they will sell out quickly.

 

Saturday

Pinot Noir – 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
with Linus Wilson 

For the inaugural Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival, we have created the opportunity for you to experience the Yarra Valley’s premium wine varietals in an intimate setting. During the 45 minute Pinot Noir Masterclass, you will be offered five tastings of complex Pinot Noirs that only the cool climate of the valley can produce, from some of the lesser known yet equally impressive producers from the region. Reflecting the particular vineyard and growing conditions, your senses will run wild with perfumes, aromas and dense flavours from the different earth tones, with a sommelier taking you on a journey through each tasting. Coupled with an assortment of matching cheeses, this is the perfect way to experience one of the many pleasures the Yarra Valley has to offer.

Book Saturday Masterclass with Linus Wilson below.

 

Unusual White Wine Varietals – 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
with Angus Ridley and Cathy Phelan

During the 45 – minute masterclass you will be offered tastings from a selection of the Yarra Valley’s best white wine varietals. Angus Ridley & Cathy Phelan – who direct the white wine making at Sutherland Estate, will be taking you on a journey through varietals of some of the more obscure and unusual wine varietals including Gewürtztraminer, Riesling, Marsanne to name a few. The cooler climate of the Yarra Valley produces white wines that flourish with a sense of elegance and freshness. Ridley & Phelan will tell the story of five unique wines coupled with cheese from Yarra Valley Dairy. A look into the future of the Yarra Valley’s white wine region.

Book Saturday Masterclass with Angus Ridley & Cathy Phelan below.

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Sunday Masterclasses

Pinot Noir – 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
With Stephen Powel

During this intimate 45 minute Pinot Noir Master, you will be offered five tastings of complex Pinot Noirs that only the cool climate of the valley can produce, from some of the lesser known yet equally impressive producers from the region. Reflecting the particular vineyard and growing conditions, your senses will run wild with perfumes, aromas and dense flavours from the different earth tones. Stephen Powell from Helen & Joey Estate will tell the story of Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley whilst you enjoy a pared assortment of cheeses from Yarra Valley Dairy.

Book Sunday Masterclass with Stephen Powell below.

Cabernet Sauvignon – 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
With Stephen Powell

This masterclass will introduce you to a tasting of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons. Suited to a warmer climate, this grape varietal is found to grow predominantly on the more northern end of the Yarra which extends along the Maroondah and Melba Highways. Stephen Powell from Helen and Joey Estate is well suited to take you on a journey through the Cabernet Sauvignons of the Yarra Valley, as their estate produces some of the most highly regarded wines of this varietal. The cooler climate of the Yarra Valley produces a more aromatic character and an elegance that is rarely found in fuller bodied reds from warmer regions in Australia. Powell will tell the story of five unique wines coupled with cheese from Yarra Valley Diary. An exceptional way to spend the afternoon at the Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival. 

Book Sunday Masterclass with Stephen Powell below.

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Meet the Team

Linus Wilson

Linus has 18 years of hospitality experience, from Devon in the UK to his present nook in the Yarra Valley at Four Pillars Gin distillery.He is also a wine consultant for the Healesville Hotel and has worked predominantly as a Sommelier. In 2017 Linus created a wine map of the Yarra Valley under the name Wines & Makers, that also doubles as his wine consultancy business and blog

Wine and Makers

 

Angus Ridley & Cathy Phelan 

Angus’ passion for Pinot Noir has led him to complete 17 vintages, including stints in the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, California, and Burgundy. Angus has been at Coldstream Hills since 2004 and was the winemaker for the Tollana Mornington Pinot Noir.

Cathy’s first vintage in the Yarra Valley was in 2003 at the former Yarra Ridge winery. Since then Cathy has been responsible for managing their family property and vineyard at Sutherland Estate.

Cathy and Angus met studying Wine Science at Charles Sturt University. Since 2008 they have been responsible for crafting the reds for Sutherland Estate, and have directed the white wine making. The wines are complex yet elegant, with true regional character, and have received many accolades. Sutherland Estate has achieved a 5-star Halliday rating.

 

Stephen Powell

After a narrow escape from a life in politics, Stephen Powell has divided most of his professional between talking about wine, polishing glasses and taking on mostly improbable cooking projects.

Living and working in the Yarra Valley since 2003, his love and empathy for the place, the produce and remnant natural environment of this region make Stephen a proudly parochial advocate for the wines of the Yarra Valley.

Stephen is currently the Cellar Door Manager for Helen & Joey Estate.

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