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Wine Masterclass with 2017 Australian Winemaker of the Year Mike Hayes

Your host: Mike Hayes 

We will take you and your taste buds on an unforgettable journey through your senses. Learn about some of the world`s rarest wine grape varieties and be guided through the origins, aromas and flavours of the most exotic wine styles in the world. Be guided by local winemaker and wine educator Mike Hayes as he will teach you about the finer points of wine evaluation. This exciting program includes:

  • Wine evaluation. Leaning the finer points of wine descriptors and the professional approach to enjoying wine.
  • How to become a Wine Judge – Mike will take you through the finer points of wine evaluation and how the Wine Show Judging system works; learn to become a judge!
  • Taste the finest examples of European style wines available on the Granite Belt with a professionally structured tasting with origins of varieties, food matches and stylistic acceptance of wine styles worldwide explained. – Over $500 per session in value of wines.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to explore the finer points of wine evaluation and not to be missed. Warning limited seats available, hurry – don`t miss out.


Mike Hayes has been a wine industry professional for 37 years, and has been involved in all aspects of the industry including education, consulting and vineyard design. He was the first Queenslander to win a Gold Medal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Mike was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research Autochthonous varieties throughout Europe. He is currently one of the Granite Belts premier winemakers and awarded the 2014 Samuel Bassett Award for “a significant contribution by an individual to the Queensland Wine Industry”.

Mike is currently the winemaker for Symphony Hill Wines and fifteen other wineries. He has been a wine judge in many wine shows, and is also a director of the Queensland Wine Industry Association.

Mike is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Southern Queensland, has a masters degree in Alternative wine grape varieties, holds the WSET Advanced Level 3 qualification and has been awarded 70 gold medals and 67 trophies over the past 10 years. 

 Mike Hayes   

Mike Hayes  


A selection of the following varieties will be tasted during the class.

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Fiano
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Marsanne
  • Petit Manseng
  • Pinot Gris
  • Sylvaner
  • Viognier
  • Verdelho
  • Vermentino


A selection of the following varieties will be tasted during the class.

  • Barbera
  • Durif
  • Graciano
  • Lagrein
  • Mourvedre
  • Nebbiolo
  • Nero d Avola
  • Pinotage
  • Sangiovese
  • Petit Verdot
  • Saperavi
  • Tannat
  • Tempranillo
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