Wine Workshops & Walks

Wine workshops and walks

In our on-site tasting dome informal wine workshop tasting sessions hosted by wine experts Olly Smith & Susy Atkins took place. Our presenters took you on a thirty minute journey through the senses with lively and fun tips to help you discover what tickles your taste buds and dispel any fears around what to look for when tasting wine.

Our 30 minute wine walks were a chance to get up close and personal with our wine presenters Olly and Susy. Limited to ten people per session, you were guided around the festival visiting five different winery stalls trying a wine at each. The hosts talked through the wines and offered helpful hints and advice. 


Olly Smith

Olly brings a lively and humorous approach to wine tasting, and has been a leading authority on the wine scene for many years. He is wine editor for the Mail on Sunday’s EVENT Magazine and a well known TV personality.  A regular on on BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen, he is also presenter of The Secret Supper Club (Channel 4) and Iron Chef UK (Channel 4).  Other TV credits include BBC Breakfast (BBC1), The Wright Stuff (C5), Everyday Gourmets (BBC2) and Hairy Bikers: Hairy Dieters. Olly has written two books ‘Wine: Both Barrels’ and ‘Eat & Drink: Good Food that’s Great to Drink With’ and contributes to a spread of publications and much, much more! He’s a busy man – catch him while you can!

Twitter: @jollyolly



Susy Atkins

Award-winning writer and presenter Susy’s fun and relaxed approach, together with incredible expertise immediately demystifies the art of wine tasting. She writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and is also wine editor of delicious magazine. Susy is familiar to many wine and food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on Saturday Kitchen (BBC1), as well as being the author of ten modern down-to-earth books about drinks. Don’t pass up this chance of a lesson from such a lively expert!



Buying tickets for Wine Workshops & Talks

On-line tickets are now closed, please go to the workshop registration desk at the Festival where remaining  tickets for workshops and wine walks can be purchased on the day


Terms and Conditions

Tickets are non-refundable
There are no cash alternatives or cash substitutes
Tickets include a 30 minute tutored tasting or wine walk with the wine expert specified
Rioja Tapas Fantasticas reserves the right to substitute the wine expert for a particular session if that presenter is unavailable
Guests must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of each session
Entry to the workshop cannot be guaranteed if the session is already in progress
If the event is cancelled / postponed, guests will be offered as alternative date or refunded the ticket price in full, minus an administration charge of 10%