Throughout the year we offer a range of special events for wine, whisky and food lovers alike. From exclusive tasting sessions with renowned experts like Oz Clarke and Susy Atkins to seasonal masterclasses and activities on the wine tasting experience, these are ideal events if you’re looking for something different to do with your friends in London!
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Open ALL WEEK throughout December, we’re delighted to announce a variety of wine tasting package options this Christmas. With festive guided wine tasting sessions available mid-week, self-guided wine tasting experience packages available on Saturdays, and a special Christmas Wine & Dine package available on Sundays, there is something for everybody!
Find out more here.
From Friday 13th-Sunday 15th December we invite all wine tasting visitors to join the Vinopolis Team in donning your Christmas knits and donate £1 for Save the Children – go on, dig out those big woolly Christmas jumpers and flaunt your festive spirit with pride!
If you’re not visiting the wine experience but passing through the area in your woolly jumper and would like to donate there’ll be a Save the Children collection box at the Main Visitor Entrance throughout the weekend.
AUSTRALIA DAY: AUSTRALIAN WINE MASTERCLASS – 26th January, 2pm
Come January it may not be the weather to fire up the BBQ but it is always the weather for a glass of wine from the land down under. Rich whites, ripe reds, all time heroes and exciting newcomers all combine to make Australia’s wine landscape a diverse one, bursting with flavours to suit every palate. Our friendly host will explore 6 styles of great Australian wine with you in this dedicated Australian wine masterclass, the perfect antidote to January blues.
NEW ZEALAND DAY: NEW ZEALAND WINE MASTERCLASS – 6th February, 7pm
Unbeknown to many, there is a life beyond New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! It’s ok, we didn’t just swear, whilst we all love the refreshing zing of the Sauvignon Blanc, it’s time to learn about the other hidden and sumptuous gems awaiting your attention. Tom Forrest will whisk you away (figuratively speaking unfortunately) on a wine tasting tour of 6 of the best wines New Zealand has to offer, expect the cool refreshing acidity you know and love but in a range of grape varieties you may not be expecting!
The Vinopolis ‘Afternoon Tea’ Cocktail Class takes the classic sweet treats of a traditional afternoon tea, re-imagined, de-constructed and re-created as unique, delicious cocktails. This hands-on masterclass will have you shaking and muddling like a professional before enjoying a 4-course liquid spectacle that is afternoon tea, Vinopolis style.
Sit back and relax as Senior Wine Expert Tom Forrest leads you through six different styles of sparkling wine, including prestigious Canard-Duchêne Champagne. Compare and contrast the varying styles from different countries and discover new favourites, it might just help you choose a bottle of something special to share with that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Tickets include entry to the Wine Tasting Experience with 7 tokens to use on wines, spirits and Champagne of your choice after the class.
*Select ‘Special Offer for Two’ under the ‘Ticket Band’ option on the shop page.
Kick-start your evening with a self-guided visit to the Essential Wine Tasting Experience including 7 tokens to use on your choice of wines, spirits and champagne. Then get comfy for an evening of comedy genius, with a cracking line up including side-splitting Sara Pascoe, crooner Earl Okin, and the posh and witty Andrew Watts, MC’d by the ‘utterly charming’ Sion James.
*special offer available until 5th December 2013; £35pp thereafter
MEET THE EXPERT: OZ CLARKE – 1st March, 12pm (VIP) or 3pm (standard)
Oz Clarke is back! Join him this Spring as he guides you through five of his top wines for 2014. What gives them such great quality, what he loves about them, and most importantly, what they taste like. Oz is the consummate wine lover & expert, share his passion this March. All tickets include entry to the Vinopolis Wine Tasting Experience after the masterclass.
Select the VIP option and you will be invited to stay for an exclusive Q&A session with Oz, as well as receive a special signed copy of Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide 2014.
This St Patrick’s Day we’re selecting a bunch of Irish favourites from the drinks cupboard to give you a very special masterclass dedicated to mouth-watering Irish whiskeys. Taste six great Irish whiskeys – from peaty to non-peaty, young to old, malted to unmalted – and learn how different distillation and production methods affect flavour and style with resident expert, Tom Forrest.
Regular Masterclasses & Courses
Welcome to Wine - 1st Dec, 5th Jan, 2nd Feb, 2nd Mar, 6th Apr, 4th May, 1st Jun
Time: 1pm Duration: 1 hour Cost: £35
Welcome to Cheese & Wine - 8th Dec, 12th Jan, 9th Feb, 9th Mar, 13th Apr, 11th May, 8th Jun
Time: 1pm Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: £50
Time: 7pm Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: £40
Cocktail Masterclass – 9th Jan, 6th Feb, 6th Mar, 3rd Apr
Time: 7pm Duration: 1.5-2 hours Cost: £40
Time: 7pm Duration: 2 hours Cost: £50 per person
Senior wine experts Mel and Tom run WSET Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits and the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits in the spring and autumn months.