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Grange vs Hunter: Gwyn Olsen & Adam Walls Masterclass 11:00am

Grange vs Hunter: Gwyn Olsen & Adam Walls Masterclass 11:00am
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Saturday 30 June, 11:00am.

Become a wine judge for the day as Gwyn Olsen guides you through a tasting of Australia's iconic wine Penfold's 2011 Grange against Brokenwood's Graveyard, Thomas' Kiss and Peppertree's Limited Release Shiraz (winner of the James Busby Trophy and the Elliott Family Trophy at the 2013 Hunter Valley Wine Show).

Real wine judges don’t get to see what the wines are so neither will you! If you name the wines correctly you will enter in the draw to win an Icon Pack valued at over $500!

Gwyneth Olsen, was born and spent her first five years in Cairns, Queensland before the family moved to a remote part of Indonesia (Tembagapura, West Papua) where she lived for many years before returning to Brisbane to complete her high school studies. Gwyn’s interest in travel saw her complete a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, and it wasn’t until her final year whilst working with fermentation kinetics, that she realised she was never going to make a decent biochemist and thought winemaking sounded like much more fun! This saw Gwyn study Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, graduating in 2005.

In 2015, Gwyn was awarded the Rising Star of the Year award at the Hunter Valley Legends Awards, in recognition of her contribution to the Hunter Valley wine tourism industry over the past 12 months as well as becoming a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar. This followed on from a very successful 2014, when Gwyn was awarded the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE, Young Winemaker Medal.

Gwyn’s enthusiasm and dedication to the Hunter Valley wine industry, passion for creating wines with a strong sense of place, and the confidence to push boundaries in winemaking is evident in the success she has had. Gwyn enjoys the challenges and opportunities to craft diverse, high quality wines for Davis Family Wines which includes the Pepper Tree, Briar Ridge and Tallavera Grove brands, and is particularly excited about winemaking across the Hunter Valley, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Orange regions.

Adam Walls is a Wine Educator and Wine Show Judge who has been working with WineSelectors for over 7 years. Adam's current role involves wine buying, staff training, event hosting and contributing to Selector Magazine.

A love of all things spirit-based led Adam into wine. For 10 years, he served wine and developed wine lists in restaurants and hotels in both Australia and the UK, solidifying his love of all things vinous and planting the seed for further wine exploration. Adam returned to Australia and enjoyed working in some of the Hunter Valley’s cellar doors before taking up his current role with WineSelectors.

Adam has completed wine based training in both Europe and Australia and holds a WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits. He was awarded the Fellowship at the 2015 Australian Alternative Varieties wine show and is an active associate judge at wines show around the country.

Cost: $84pp. Plus taste a selection of wines at your own leisure in Cellar Door for no extra charge.

Bookings are required for Masterclass sessions. Places are very limited so don't delay!


We are happy to provide a full refund up to 4 weeks before the date of your Masterclass. If you wish to cancel within 4 weeks of your Masterclass we will endeavour to fill the seat and will provide a refund if we are successful. We are unable to provide a refund if we are unable to rebook the seat.