The learning

Our full list of education sessions to check out on the day. With a Geek Pass seating is reserved and entry is free. All other ticket holders will be asked for a gold coin donation on a first come first served basis. 

The natural wine scene - where are we now?
10:15AM - 10:40AM
Dig into the business of what’s going on in the world of natural wine with Claudia Weersing of Pyramid Valley and Anton Van Klopper of Domaine Lucci.

What is organic & biodynamic? And how has it developed in NZ?
11:15AM - 11:40AM
Great wine starts in the vineyard. Learn about the choices growers make from the ground up. Rebecca Reider, Coordinator of Organic Winegrowers NZ, tells the story of New Zealand's growing organic wine movement, while Clive Dougall of Seresin Estate shares the practices of one of New Zealand's leading organic/biodynamic producers.

Natural in a glass
12:15PM - 12:40PM
A look at what’s “natural” in the wider food & drink context. This talk will look at beer, mineral water, coffee and chocolate. With Robbie Whyte of People’s Coffee, Phil Cook of Craft Beer College & Rochelle Harrison of Wellington Chocolate Factory.

Effect of skin contact in white wines
1:15PM - 1:40PM
Get under the skin with this discussion on the impact of skin contact with Lucie Lawrence from Aurum Wines and Hayden Penny of The Supernatural. The talk with be supported with a tasting of three Pinot Gris from the same plot made with different levels of skin contact.

Sulfur vs Non Sulfur
2:15PM - 2:40PM
Sulfur’s a hot topic for natural wine. Listen to Mike Weersing of Pyramid Valley and James Millton of Millton Vineyard discuss its effect and use in winemaking. This is supported by a special, rare tasting of the differences between sulfured and unsulfured Pinot Noirs from Pyramid Valley’s Home Vineyard.

Spotlight on the current Natural Beaujolais styles
3:15PM - 3:40PM
Stephen Wong MW talks about the revival of Beaujolais through the lens of natural wine, with a tasting of two definitive benchmarks of the style.

Get amongst your Fun-Guys
4.15PM - 4.40PM
James Millton from Millton Vineyards talks about the crucial role of mycorrhiza in the communication network of the vineyard. Think Avatar, but supported by scientific study!