Masterclasses

Join in a masterclass, workshop or pairing session. There are limited spaces, so book early with your ticket to avoid disappointment.

Sold out already? There will also be a limited number of spaces available to purchase on the day.

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Drop-in Masterclass: WSET

At this free, drop-in masterclass, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust team will guide you through the world of wines and spirits from a taste, botanical and food matching point of view as well as looking at how you can further your education within this field.

The Philosophy behind Chateau Musar

The Philosophy behind Chateau Musar

Tasting through a diverse range from the unoaked Musar Jeune to the flagship Chateau Musar, including some magical older vintages, to highlight the passion of the Hochar family to create truly natural, challenging and thought provoking wines that are true to Lebanon.

Graham's Port - 200 years of History

Graham's Port - 200 years of History

Join Harry Schotten of Graham's Port to taste 6 different ports ranging from vibrant youthful red ports to the more complex aged Ports and Tawnies which can last from 50 to 100 years in a bottle. You will learn about the Douro region, port production and ageing.

The Chocolate Block with Marc Kent

The Chocolate Block with Marc Kent

The Chocolate Block is snapped up as soon as it hits the shelves; it is delicious in its youth but has a marvellous capacity to age. Marc Kent, Cellar Master at Boekenhoutskloof and the man behind the enduring success, presents a very rare opportunity to taste a selection of vintages.

Hayman's Gin - English Gin in 4 cocktails

Hayman's Gin - English Gin in 4 cocktails

Join Hayman's to discover 150 years of gin-making history and learn how to make 4 English Gin cocktails. Hayman's are the only family of original English gin makers still distilling today. The key to our coveted recipe is a trusted blend of 10 botanicals.

Yealands New Zealand

Yealands New Zealand

Crafting award-winning wines that don't cost the earth has seen Yealands Family Wines lead New Zealand in super-premium, sustainable wine-making. Join Natalie Christensen, Senior Winemaker to taste a selction of their fantastic wines.

The Rothschild Collection

The Rothschild Collection

Helen Miller, will take guests through the outstanding range of Rothschild wines offered by Waitrose: including Blason de L’Évangile 2014. As a special treat for the Waitrose Drinks Festival, Waddesdon are very excited to offer masterclass guests the newly released Château Lafite Rothschild 2014.

Northern Rhone with Guigal

Northern Rhone with Guigal

A masterclass on the wines of E. Guigal presented by Brett Crittenden. Guigal are passionate about two grapes, Viognier for whites and Syrah for the reds and are deemed specialists in the Northern Rhône. Taste through a selection of their best wines.

Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Lager

Join Brooklyn Brewery’s engaging Brand Ambassadors, who will provide an insight into the amazing history of the Brooklyn Brewery incorporating interesting and exciting stories alongside a short film. Guests will be guided through a variety of Brooklyn Brewery beers.

Malbec Pioneers - Bodega Catena Zapata

Malbec Pioneers - Bodega Catena Zapata

Become a Malbec Master Blender with winemaker Guillermo Pontis. Learn how this iconic Argentinian wine is put together from its component parts. Taste and blend the 5 wines that make up the finished wine - and thereby pitch your blending skills against Catena's own winemaker.

An introduction to Asian Whiskies

An introduction to Asian Whiskies

Whiskies from Asia have become not only accepted in recent years, but sought after by novices and collectors alike. Join whisky expert Stefanie Holt on a tour around Asia's most interesting and influential producers tasting some delicious drams from Japan, Taiwan and India.

Malbec Pioneers - Altos Las Hormigas

Malbec Pioneers - Altos Las Hormigas

Altos Las Hormigas is a true Malbec specialist with the desire to produce the best wines that Argentina can offer. Focused on sustainability, the wines stay true to their place of origin by working with nature. Join winemaker Antonio Morescalchi to find out more.

Wines of Rioja

Wines of Rioja

From clean, crisp whites to fruity roses, mature reds and everything in between, the Rioja region produces wines to suit every taste. Find out more about the region and discover why the wines of Rioja, a region known as the gastronomic heartland of Spain, match so well with such variety of foods.

Masi - the story of Apassimento

Masi - the story of Apassimento

The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards. For over 200 years, this family has been making wines applying its expertise to give a modern and original profile to the traditional winemaking technique of Appassimento.

There's a Beer For That

There's a Beer For That

Join There's A Beer For That for a delicious journey through the world of beer and cheese. Discover the principles of pairing beer and cheese and how they bring out the best in each other. In addition to cheese you'll learn how well beer pairs with dessert ensuring a perfect end to a meal.

Pink Pepper Gin Workshop - "craft your own gin"

Pink Pepper Gin Workshop - "craft your own gin"

Join the Pink Pepper Gin team to complete this unique experience of blending your own gin. Our gin experts will be judging the entries and the winning blend will be produced and sold online at www.waitrosecellar.com.

Glenfiddich Project XX deconstruction

Glenfiddich Project XX deconstruction

Join Glenfiddich's malt master Brian Kinsman in a deconstruction of project XX as he brings out a selection of the expressions used in the final bottling and talks through the process of how this special liquid came to fruition. You will also receive a little treat to tantalise your tastebuds.

Cookery School: Tuna and Beef

Cookery School: Tuna and Beef

Learn how to prepare these wonderful steaks and see them paired alongside the Tuna Club and Beefsteak Club wines.

Cookery School: Italian food and drink

Cookery School: Italian food and drink

Everybody loves Italian cooking, come and see what our chefs are cooking up and the best Italian wines to serve alongside them.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

Why not enhance your experience further and purchase a ticket to our exclusive Drawing Room - an area which will certainly leave you with lasting memories of the festival. The room will be hosted by personalities from the world of food and drink and your appetite will be whetted by a variety of carefully selected food and drink exclusive to this room only. Plus you'll have the opportunity to go on a personalised drinks walk with one of our expert buyers. Make sure you get in quick, as there are limited spaces available! Our host is still being confirmed for Friday. On Saturday - Amelia Singer & Joe Fattorini will be your hosts. On Sunday - The Thinking Drinkers will be on hand to entertain you in their own unique way.

Bersano Barolo

Bersano Barolo

Experience the difference of terroir on Barolo and learn about one of the world's most well-known wines with Bersano. Prepare to be seduced by sampling a selection of their opulent wines.

Sipsmith - the "Ginnaissance"

Sipsmith - the "Ginnaissance"

Made just 6 miles from the venue, indulge in a Sipsmith gin masterclass and discover the history of gin and the brand story alongside a tutored tasting. You will leave with cocktail ideas for the festive season and a little present...it's almost Christmas after all!

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Coffee lounge

Take a break from the tastings and refresh with a coffee or soft drink in the coffee lounge.