08 Apr 2024

It’s time to toast because Tasting Australia is just around the corner. Our drinks masterclasses are held in The University of Adelaide Masterclass Pavilion in Town Square and feature tastings with the brewers, distillers, and winemakers shaping the industry. From the return of our opening night party to sessions covering a full suite of topics, discover masterclasses under $120.

Make a day (or night) of it and explore Tasting Australia’s festival hub – Town Square – home to deliciously diverse eating and drinking experiences.  

Wine Wine Party Party
Wine Wine Party Party

Friday evening calls for a drink. But when it’s also Tasting Australia opening night? That’s a party. Our kick-off revelry returns for a second year, with more than 20 winemakers joining the fun. Sip. Chat. Find a new favourite. Each producer will bring one or two highlights from their range, making this the perfect chance to try a selection entirely of the moment.

Wondering how to wine? Elitism is out – enjoyment is most definitely in. This fun look at the fundamentals is back by popular demand, with co-drinks curator Banjo Harris Plane, Samantha Payne and Alex Kirkwood providing their insights. Got questions? Sorted. Not sure where to start? No worries!

Can’t make it to weekend one? Join us on the second and final weekend of Tasting Australia for our second session. This second session will cover the same topics, this time featuring co-drinks curator Meira Harel, alongside Max Allen and Louis Schofield. 

Join members of Pirate Life’s Brew Team on a guided tasting of core and limited-release beers. During this informative masterclass the team will cover everything from ingredients to brewing processes and getting the most out of every mouthful. 

Avid agave fan? Join the The University of Adelaide at their Waite Campus for a masterclass featuring pioneering producers of Australian agave spirits. Hear from Act of Treason's Trent Fraser, who is working in collaboration with the University of Adelaide to produce an Australian agave spirit made from 100 per cent Australian-grown agave.

Masterclass – Rose Coloured Glasses

Think pink. This sassy celebration of rosé will go beyond the traditional, exploring other rosy-hued treasures too. Hosting is Samantha Payne, alongside McLaren Vale winemakers Lauren Langfield, Irina Santiago-Brown and Brad Hickey.
South Australia is renowned for exceptional gin and standout shiraz. In this interactive masterclass you’ll explore both. Learn how to make your own shiraz gin with two of the Adelaide Hills’ finest drinks makers: Ambleside Distillers and The Lane Vineyard. 

You know there’s a whole world of drinks out there. But 26 in one tasting? Yes and yes. Our latest beverage program is wrapping up in style. Try a huge variety of local, national and international wine, with a different varietal shared for every letter of the alphabet! 

Still can’t decide? Explore all masterclasses here.

Legal drinking age only. Drink responsibly.