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Australia’s old vine heritage

April 8 @ 11:00 - 13:00

The Institute of Masters of Wine, with the support of Wine Australia and moderator Sarah Abbott MW, invite you to a special masterclass with Andrew Caillard MW and Dr Angus Hughson highlighting Australia’s old vine legacy and modern vision.

Although it is well known that Australia possesses some of the oldest vitis vinifera vineyards in the world, the extent of pre-phylloxera plantings in the form of surviving old vines and genetic vinestock across the country is little understood. Andrew Caillard MW’s three-volume – The Australian Ark – a history of Australian wine 1788-2023 – explores the transmission of vinestock material from the earliest importations and brings new insights that may change perspectives and inspire new outlooks towards Australian wine. This fine-wine tasting, sourced from many of Australia’s premier wine regions, will highlight one of the key foundations of the country’s fine wine ambitions.

Ticket prices (inclusive of VAT)
Masters of Wine = £50
MW students = £75
Trade & general admission = £90

Wine list:

  1. Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon Hunter Valley 2016
  2. Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River 2020
  3. Ten Minutes by Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula 2019
  4. Cirillo Estate 1850 Ancestor Vines Grenache Barossa Valley 2017
  5. Cullen Diana Madeline Margaret River 2020
  6. Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz Barossa 2018
  7. Chambers Rosewood Old Vine Rutherglen Muscat NV


Sarah Abbott MW – view profile
Sarah founded her strategic consulting and communications business, Swirl, in 2008 and followed her passion for supporting emerging wine regions and vino-diversity. She has deep experience of diverse channels and sectors of the UK wine trade, including on-trade, off-trade, wholesale, digital, and direct to consumer. Sarah writes about wine for diverse publications including, the World of Fine Wine, and Swirl’s company blog. She is a twice-listed finalist in the Roederer wine-writing awards. Sarah is also a wine judge at international and specialist competitions, and was one of 5 co-chairs of the International Wine Challenge for four years, until 2020. She also consults to various clients on broader marketing projects with a wine element, such as the Respected by Gaggenau initiative.

Andrew Caillard MW – view profile
Andrew founded Langton’s Sydney and played a key role in establishing Langton’s as Australia’s leading wine auction house. is a longstanding columnist and tasting panellist for Australia’s Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. He chairs Shanghai’s Wine 100 competition, judges at the Japan Wine Challenge and has participated in various shows including the Adelaide, Barossa and Margaret River Wine Show’s provenance prize. He is the author of the reference books Penfolds ‘The Rewards of Patience’ (now In it’s 8th edition), Marques de Riscal A Travel through Time and Imagining Coonawarra – the story of Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Australian Wine Communicator of the Year Award. Andrew also holds the rare distinction of being a ‘Baron of the Barossa’. In addition to his multi-media work as an author, wine critic and historian Andrew Caillard is the associate producer of the Australian Academy Award winning feature documentary, Red Obsession; a film that explores the economic shift in power from the west to the east though the prism of Bordeaux’s wine trade with China.

Angus Hughson (Australian Editor, VINOUS)
Angus is an award-winning wine writer and the Founder and Publisher of Winepilot, the Australian Editor for leading international publication VINOUS with Antonio Galloni based in New York City and the Co-Publisher of The Australian Ark with over 15 years of publishing, writing and judging experience.

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April 8
11:00 - 13:00
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67 Pall Mall
St James' Room, 67 Pall Mall
London, London SW1Y 5ES

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