A collaboration between Wine Australia and New Zealand Winegrowers last week saw 500 wines from 43 regions across Australia and New Zealand showcased to more than 750 wine trade and consumers in the Nordics.
The Australian and New Zealand Wine Tastings took place in Copenhagen on 23 October and Stockholm on 25 October – marking the first time that both Wine Australia and New Zealand Winegrowers have run tastings in Denmark and Sweden since before the pandemic.
In each city, there was a trade tasting, masterclasses and an evening consumer tasting, giving local wine trade and consumers the opportunity to discover new wines, revisit the classics, meet the makers and catch up with importers.
Wine Australia General Manager, Marketing Paul Turale said the Nordics was a key market for Australian and New Zealand wine and those participating were excited to be back in market together, celebrating the quality and diversity that make their wines unique.
“We had more than 120 wineries represented in Copenhagen and Stockholm, ranging from the more recognisable names with new releases and latest vintages, to those in our ‘new-to-market’ line up, showcasing new wave styles and alternative varieties such as Fiano, Albariño, Tempranillo and Sangioves,” he said.
“The unique opportunity to partner with our friends across the ditch for this event was extra special. Not only are Australians and New Zealanders great mates, but we share a strong passion and pride for the wines we produce, the regions they represent and the sense of camaraderie that exists between wine producers. This was on full display at the wine tastings,” Mr Turale said.
In Good Spirits & Wine Director Jay Ruparel said: “Participating in the tastings in the Nordics was a revelation. The genuine enthusiasm displayed by importers, distributors and sommeliers for Australian wines was truly remarkable. My engaging conversations with buyers were incredibly positive and promising, underscoring the growing appeal of Australian wines in the Nordic market.”