Tutored Tastings

Masterclasses at the b.f.t. 2018

The b.f.t. masterclasses are always very popular, so pre-booking is normally essential. If you would like to request a space at any of the masterclasses, please email using the link in the individual sections below when they open for booking. Please only apply for a place once you have registered for the b.f.t. as a visitor.

Please note that we will be providing the names of everyone attending to the masterclass host. We will not share your email address with them unless you have given permission generally for your data to be shared with producers.


11 am, Hoare Memorial Hall

The Golden Ages of Taylor's Tawny (Open for bookings)

Adrian Bridge (CEO of the Fladgate Partnership) will give an introductory talk about the production of port in the Douro region and the effect climate has on the wines that are made. He will follow this with a tutored tasting of Taylor’s tawnies comparing and contrasting Aged Tawnies and Single Harvest Tawnies.

To book a space at this tutored tasting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting "Taylor's masterclass booking request". You must already be registered to attend the b.f.t. to request a place at all masterclasses and your name (but not email address or other data) will be provided to the hosts for admin purposes only.

Please note that we expect there to be high demand to attend all masterclasses. We will let you know by 27th April whether you have been successful in securing a place.

12 midday, Bishop Partridge Hall

Colheita Madeira, sponsored by the IVBAM (FULL)

The wines of Madeira have been made and exported for almost 600 years, but wines with the designation “Colheita” have been marketed for just 20. Colheita Madeira are a top quality and versatile expression of this thrilling volcanic terroir. They are produced from a single vintage, but undergo shorter ageing than the minimum 20 years required for super-premium ‘Frasqueira’ (reserve vintage) Madeira. The regulations require a minimum of 5 years in wooden barrels. In practice, most Colheita are bottled after 10-20 years.

Colheitas Madeira combines complexity and approachability. The style allows producers to release top quality wines to market slightly earlier than the Frasqueiras, and to show an alluring and younger face of Madeira’s most prized canteiros.

Led by Sarah Abbott MW, this tutored tasting includes a fascinating range of vintages, grape varieties, wine styles and sweetness, and producers.

The wines to be tasted are:
2005 Tinta Negra, Borges
2002 Sercial, Blandy’s
2000 Boal, Henriques & Henriques
1997 Malvasia, Justino’s
1996 Tinta Negra, Barbeito
1994 Verdelho, Oliveiras

You can read the detailed regulations for Colheita Madeira here.

1:30 pm, Bishop Partridge Hall

Niepoort Vinhos

Details of the Tutored Tasting will be posted here once available.

2:30 pm, Hoare Memorial Hall

Barbeito Madeira

Details of the Tutored Tasting will be posted here once available.

4 pm, Hoare Memorial Hall

Sandeman Port

Details of the Tutored Tasting will be posted here once available.