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Small Winemakers Centre

Grange vs Hunter: Stuart Hordern Masterclass 11:00am

Grange vs Hunter: Stuart Hordern Masterclass 11:00am
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Saturday 2 June, 11:00am.

Become a wine judge for the day as Stuart Hordern 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!

A local boy and proud advocate of the Hunter Valley, Stuart has winemaking in his blood and has been working on the family vineyard since he was old enough to drive a tractor. After numerous vintages in the Upper Hunter and a stint in France he decided to make his chosen career official and headed off to Adelaide University in 2004. Throughout this time he continued to develop his skills, working four years with Dean Hewitson in Adelaide and a placement with Tyrrell's where he was able to focus on the classic Hunter Valley varieties of Semillon and Shiraz.

In his final year of university he successfully managed to combine his two passions, wine and rugby by heading back to France for a white vintage in the Languedoc followed by some quality time attending the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He then returned to the Upper Hunter to work with Tyrrell’s for two years. While at Tyrrells he undertook another Northern Hemisphere Vintage in 2008, heading to Sonoma in the USA to spend some time working with multiple Pinot Noir clones at the acclaimed Williams Selyem. He has since joined Brokenwood in 2009.

Stuart encapsulates the new breed of young winemakers, dedicated to the region and striving to produce the best wines possible, while learning from the masters to further develop his craft.

Cost: $79pp. 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.