Dr Rebecca Deed is a Senior Lecturer in Wine Science at the University of Auckland.  Her research areas walk the interdisciplinary line between wine yeast molecular biology and biochemistry, analytical chemistry and sensory science to understand the mechanisms behind the formation and impact of key compounds in grape juice and wine.  She is also interested in understanding yeast metabolic pathways that impact on aroma formation, fermentative ability, stress and survival.  Rebecca has been involved in the University of Auckland Wine Science teaching programme since 2014, lecturing in viticulture, wine microbiology and sensory evaluation.  She is also a senior wine judge at a national level and an active member of the university community, with committee experience and involvement in equity-related outreach.

We also have Bruno Fedrizzi back! In the zoom seminar from 2022, Bruno presented on sulphide analysis and possible remedies, and his scientific presentation is on this website under ‘resources’.

This year we will repeat the tasting from the zoom meeting and run a tasting in conjunction with new sulphide analysis from New Zealand Pinot Noir producers who have submitted samples.



The Southern Pinot Noir Workshop is an annual technical workshop that brings together winegrowers from New Zealand and the rest of the world for an in-depth look at the variety Pinot Noir.

Our event was inspired by the Steamboat Pinot Noir Conference in Oregon USA

Over the course of the 4-day workshop presentations are made and barrel samples are evaluated during formal tasting sessions with the sole purpose of understanding more about the variety.

The Southern Pinot Noir Workshop, now in its 31st year, has been pivotal in New Zealand’s greater understanding of the variety and the enthusiasm the wine style has been generating.

We are indebted to Visy for their ongoing sponsorship of our annual event.

Please remember this when you are ordering bottles.

We are also very grateful of our other sponsors, NZ Winegrowers, Tonnellerie Ermitage, and Pacific Rim Oenology Services


  1. To bring together Pinot Noir Winegrowers.
  2. To taste and evaluate previous vintage Pinot Noirs.
  3. To exchange information in confidence on the growing and making of Pinot Noir.
  4. To accomplish these objectives in an informal relaxed atmosphere that allows for recreation and sharing of wine with friends in a beautiful setting.

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