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Wine lovers, have fun & learn more at our friendly easy-going events.  

 Join us for one of our Wine Tasting Manchester Courses for enjoyable events & WSET® Educational Awards. Make new friends who share your interest in wine.

Wine Tasting Manchester-Join us at our Manchester Based Events

Absolutely fantastic evening. Very informative and I had the opportunity to try some excellent wines. Can't wait for the next one! Would definitely recommend to friends and family

James T. ... via Tripadvisor

Last updated: September 27th. 2017. Our wine tasting Manchester events are great fun whether you are a beginner or seasoned enthusiast! You can enjoy one of our regular ticketed Manchester wine tasting courses in the city centre, or perhaps have us organise your private party for friends or work colleagues.

The school was founded and is run by John Callow DipWSET who has many year's experience of the wine and spirit trade. Northern Wine School is completely independent which allows us to recommend great wines at all of our wine tasting Manchester occasions. You can be sure that our wine choices are not influenced by anyone because we do not sell wine!

Wine Tasting Mancester-John Callow

John Callow

Northern Wine School

The Northern Wine School Story

 I was working for a  major wine merchant. Part of my job was to run tasting events ~ this was the part of it I loved.

But there just wasn't enough time for me to really share my love of wine with others. Then at a tasting event I had a "light bulb moment" A guest said "You should do this all the time-you obviously relish sharing your love and knowledge about wine".

The next day Northern Wine School was born.​ Within weeks of having the idea I had left my job and the school was my full time passion.

You Will Find Our Events Great Value

  • Taste around six different wines.
  • Try samples you may not have bought yourself.
  • Learn where to buy your wine & get the best value.
  • No pressure to buy wine-We don't sell it!

John is Here To Rescue You From The Dreaded "Wine Snob"

A know-it-all wine snob can ruin a wine experience by forcing the “right” agenda down your throat,
along with the “right” wine. ~ Wine Folly

  • Enjoy our fun and informal wine tasting events.
  • You don't need to know a lot about wine. Just to enjoy it.
  • Experienced or a "Newbie" - everyone is welcome.
  • Benefit from John's wine trade know how & WSET qualifications.

How to Choose Your Perfect Wine Event   

  • Choose from a wide range of Manchester wine tasting courses. From Old World to New, Lesser Known Regions to French Classics-you are sure to find something you will love.
  • Our Discovery Course is a really good place to start.
  • No matter what type of wine you prefer discover some hidden gems and new favourites.
  • You will benefit from your new wine discoveries. Feel more confident with your wine store and restaurant choices.
  • So browse our Manchester wine tastings now:

Enjoy fun relaxed Wine Tasting Manchester events with great wine & good company. Wine is a social pleasure-taste it with others who share your interest.

Join us to enjoy regular wine tastings & wine courses in Greater Manchester. Also private tastings for groups of friends, family or work mates. Find new wines to savour and where to buy them at the best prices. We don't sell wine, so are able to offer you unbiased help and advice.

Don't forget our gift vouchers-ideal for the wine lovers in your life.

So a Reminder of Why You Should Come & Enjoy Wine With Us

Wide range of Manchester Wine Tastings & Manchester Wine Courses.

These are held all over The Greater Manchester​ region

  • Corporate Manchester wine tasting events & courses
  • Private wine events all over The Greater Manchester Region
  • Single evening wine tastings in Manchester from only £23
  • Hen party wine tasting events are our speciality. We have a great new venue in Manchester city centre ideal for these
  • Enjoy an evening tasting great wine in your own home
  • Now available-professional WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) courses
  • Regular wine events and courses in Central Manchester

Where Does Northern Wine School Hold Events?

We hold our Manchester wine tastings and courses in the centre of the city. At the moment we use two major venues for our Manchester wine tasting courses. These are Manchester Hall and The Bridge Tavern, both on Bridge Street, just off Deansgate.
Many of our Discovery wine tastings are held at Manchester Hall and most other wine tasting events are now held at The Bridge Tavern.

More details about are venues are here.

What Courses Are Available?

You can enjoy a whole range of wine tastings with us:

  • The Discovery Course-a great way to start your Manchester wine tasting journey
  • Wines of the World. Take your appreciation of wine that one step further
  • Premium Courses-enjoy some wine & food matching and/or extra special wines here in Manchester
  • Need to reward colleagues or entertain clients? Our corporate Manchester wine tastings fit the bill
  • Want a Hen Party that is that little bit different? We have just the thing to suit all ages too!

Have a look at The All Courses Page to see what's available wine tasting in Manchester & around the city.

Our wine tasting Manchester events are great fun whether you are a beginner or seasoned enthusiast! You can enjoy one of our regular ticketed Manchester wine tasting courses in the city centre, or perhaps have us organise your private party for friends or work colleagues.

Manchester Wine Tasting

What to Expect at a Wine Tasting Event

Manchester wine tasting events follow the same pattern as those in any other city. They give you the chance to sample a range of wines in the company of like minded people. You will be able to try far more wines than you could easily taste at home. 

​Some tastings are slightly more formal but usually relaxed and fun. You will probably be seated around a table and watch a presentation as you taste. 

Other events​ ( usually those provided by wine merchants for example) are even less formal. You will be able to wander around and try wines provided by the seller.

The Advantages of Northern Wine School Tastings

  • You will not feel you have to buy anything. We do not sell wine.
  • Our wine tastings in Manchester are centrally located, with good transport links.
  • You can meet new friends who share your interest in wine.
  • Learn from fellow tasters. Beginners and enthusiasts all welcome!
  • Discover great value wines and where to buy them.
  • Suitable for beginners and budding enthusiasts alike.
  • John, your WSET Diploma qualified host, is enthusiastic and knowledgeable but not stuffy. 
  • You will have a really enjoyable evening tasting delicious wine.

Do I Have to Spit?

The short answer is no. Professional tasters do because they wouldn't be able to taste many wines at a time if they swallowed all of them. You are provided with spittoons at all of our wine tasting Manchester events. Whether you use them is entirely up to you. As you are advised not to drive, but to use public transport, then drinking and driving is not an issue.

Any Other Things to Bear in Mind?

Because the sense of smell is so important in your enjoyment of wine at our wine tasting events in Manchester this means:

  • Smoking is to be avoided (it's illegal in the venues these days anyway)
  • Avoid applying any strong scents, such as perfume, after shave and hairsprays for example. These would all interfere with your ability to smell the wines and also that of your fellow tasters..

Where Do I start? Our Discovery Course...

Our Discovery Course is a great place to start your wine tasting journey. See more details on The Discovery Page ...

Or you can explore all our available events on the All Courses Page...

Wine tasting Manchester-Discovery Course


Our most popular event and for many the start of their exciting wine journey.

Wine tasting Manchester-Wines of the World Courses

Wines of the World

Explore different regions and grape varieties, with themed tastings from around the world.

Wine tasting Manchester-Premium Courses


Enjoy a deluxe evening.  Food & wine, cheese & wine, sparkling wine & Champagne or gin!

Wine tasting Manchester-Gift ideas

Gift Ideas

Find the perfect gift for the wine-lover in your life. Buy a Gift Voucher & let them choose.

Private Parties

Having a party, hen night or special birthday?​    Want to entertain clients or reward staff?

Wine tasting Manchester-WSET Professional Courses


Already working in the trade? A keen wines & spirits enthusiast? Then WSET Awards are for you

See all our Manchester Wine Tasting events here:

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