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Organising a special occasion or birthday celebration? Looking for a sophisticated hen or stag party activity? Or just a fun way to entertain your friends?

Our 2-hour private wine tastings are hosted by experienced members of the Manchester Wine School team, all of whom love to talk about wine in a relaxed and informative way, and can adapt their presentations to any and every type of audience. And because we are an independent wine educator that does not sell wine, there’s no pressure to buy anything at the end.

You and your guests will sample at least six different wines at the event. We can include an introductory session on how to taste wine, explained in a no-nonsense, practical way. If you’d like to add in a bottle of champagne to give the occasion an extra sparkle, just let us know.

If you’d prefer the tasting to feature sparkling wines only, we’ll happily put together one featuring high-quality cava, prosecco, champagne and more besides. Or if gin is more your taste, we can organise a tasting focusing on Manchester distilleries, in which you’ll learn about the history of this fascinating drink, explore the botanicals used in its production and sample a variety of styles.

Our tastings are fun and relaxed events, and we often include a “Quaffer’s Quiz” to bring out people’s competitive edge. It’s a wine quiz where novices have just as much chance as wine enthusiast of getting the right answer. For example, do you know why the crew on Russian submarines are sometimes served red wine? Why Mary Queen of Scots bathed in white wine? Or which wine sediment was used in ancient times?


Our private wine tastings can be hosted in the comfort of your own home, or at a location of your choice. We can recommend great venues in Manchester to suit any party size or budget.


Prices start from as little as £35 per person* and for those looking for something more special, we can offer events hosted by our Director, Simon Woods. Simon spent several years writing about wine, during which he was editor of the Which? Wine Guide and a columnist for the Financial Times. He’s visited most of the world’s wine-producing regions, and his books include the award-winning I Don’t Know Much About Wine But I Know What I Like.

If you’re interested in talking to us about your event, please get in touch below, or email

*Price based on a party of 30 people sampling six wines costing around £12 per bottle.

What our customers say...

We had a virtual wine tasting event with Simon for my wife’s 40th birthday. From start to finish the experience was fantastic. The ordering of the wine through to the setting up of the call was simple and really well done. The tasting itself was awesome. Simon read the room well and gave lots of detail in a relaxed and informal way. We all came away from the experience with some new learns about wine. Cannot recommend enough.

Andy A, Wife's 40th Surprise - Online tasting

What an excellent evening! Simon was very entertaining and knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
A great time was had by all.
All of the help and advice I was given in organising everything was amazing too. Everything was done in a really friendly, personal and efficient way and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you so much for a fantastic evening!

Catherine Carling, Birthday Tasting

We booked a hen party in Manchester for 2 nights and wanted to do something a little classy. This was a group of 12 ladies, not all knew each other and the wine tasting was a great way to kick start the celebrations and good value for money. It helped us all bond a better.
From booking, to the experience and knowledge I cant fault any of it. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was good fun. Thanks again!

Katy P, Hen party activity

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We would be delighted to organise your wine tasting event, so please get in touch by completing our wine tasting enquiry form below.

Or call Simon Woods on 0161 870 6305 or email

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