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These virtual wine tastings are bringing the cellar door to your lounge room

Wine lovers, each week more of our favourite Hunter Valley wineries are jumping on board the Virtual Wine Tasting train to bring some informative and light-hearted wine-tertainment to your home.  Check out what these local producers have been up to.

Talits Estate 
We may be eagerly awaiting the grand opening of their new cellar door at Broke but you don’t have to wait to get your hands on some of Talits lovely wines and enjoy a very personal virtual wine tasting at home.

Yep, the Talits team have put together two premium virtual wine tasting packages which includes delivery of some of their very tasty drops produced by Daniel Binet, along with tasting notes and a video call with their Cellar Door Manager.  As would take place at their new European-inspired digs, the Cellar Door Manager will guide you through a tasting of each wine in the pack and you’ll have an opportunity to ask plenty of questions and learn a bit more about Talits Estate in the process.

To purchase a premium wine pack and tee up your video call, visit the Talits online wine store

Brokenwood Wines


One of the first to start the Virtual Wine Tasting trend, the Brokenwood team has continued posting engaging wine tasting events on IGTV hosted by winemakers Stuart Hordern and Kate Sturgess.  If you haven’t checked them out, there’s still plenty of time to join the fun and purchase one of their Bunker wine packs to stock up your cellar. 

Now might just be the time to get on board too.  Brokenwood have just launched their Live Terrace Sunday Sessions, the first of which will kick off on May 17.  This live event will feature a virtual tasting with the Brokenwood team on the terrace as well as some delightful vocals by Alt-Pop artist, Anna Weatherup.  To celebrate, Brokenwood are giving away an ultimate tasting pack of some of their flagship wines valued at $439. 

To purchase a Bunker Wine Pack, head to Brokenwood's online store.  To check out their virtual tastings and get details on how to enter the giveaway, click here

Keith Tulloch Wines


Another early virtual wine tasting adopter, local Hunter producer, Keith Tulloch Wines have a whole host of great wine sessions you can check out on IGTV.  These include some great virtual tastings ‘At Home with Keith’ the vigneron/winemaker and some fun ‘Q&A with Cameron’ videos.  In the latter, Cellar Door Manager, Cameron answers all your burning questions around cellaring, decanting and even the correct way to taste wine. 

They may have just wrapped filming of these first two series but I have it on good authority that the KTW team have some more exciting video releases in the pipeline.  So, stay tuned.

Head to the Keith Tulloch Wines online store to pick up some lovely drops and catch-up on their IGTV wine series here

Wineflix + Chill


Not knew to the spotlight, Hunter Valley winemakers and mates, Mike De Iuliis, David Hook (Hooky) and Andrew “Thommo” Thomas have recently launched their Wineflix + Chill virtual tastings. 

The idea is that you order one of their smashing six-bottle Wineflix + Chill packs and then jump online to watch an entertaining and informative wine tasting the guys have put together while you’re kicking it at home.

To order a Wineflix + Chill pack, visit De Iuliis Wines, David Hook Wines or Thomas Wines.

Charteris Wines
A boutique Central Otago (New Zealand) wine producer, Charteris Wines produces tiny quantities of outstanding Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.  Owned by winemaker PJ Charteris and wife Chrissy, the wine label may be relatively small, but the same can’t be said for the quality, which is exceptional.

PJ, who splits his time between New Zealand and the Hunter Valley, is one of the most experienced winemakers around.  All the better for us as he’s started running some live virtual tastings on Facebook where you can learn a whole lot about wine and ask questions while your tasting.

Order wines from the Charteris Wines online store and keep an eye on Facebook for more info on upcoming virtual tastings with PJ.

Becker Wines
From their beautiful new cellar door at Roche Estate in Pokolbin, husband and wife team Meagan and James Becker are continuing their live weekly wine tastings on IGTV.  Despite having a week off, the pair have now recorded three wine sessions featuring their delicious Piquette, Manchester Ridge Chardonnay and most recently, their Ablington Syrah Viognier wines. 

Make sure you follow Becker Wines on Instagram to find out what they’ll be tasting next so you can purchase a bottle and sip along with them.  The lovely couple are currently offering 10% off their wines and free delivery to East Coast locations when you purchase three or more bottles and use the promotion code STAYHOME.  Conditions apply.  Visit their online store here

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