Rocco Esposito

The Rocco Esposito Wine Experience
90 minute Interactives

Rocco’s 90 minute wine interactive gives teams the opportunity to connect with their own terroir – their mystical sense of purpose and place. There’ll be talking, looking at and tasting fine wines from legendary vineyards; exploring varieties and how they’re made; discovering new places, exploring senses and sharing an experience.

To learn something about wine – hear it.
To learn a little more – hear it and see it.
To remember it – feel it, try it, share it.

A shared experience brings people together; apart from food there is no more memorable experience than the sharing of wine, which is grounded in truth. Wine takes people to a time and a place, creating a real sense of connection, engaging and developing new relationships. This is a profoundly enjoyable shared experience for teams.

A specialist in wine expertise and service born and raised in Italy’s South, Rocco Esposito moved to Australia in 1998. He chose the path of wine, starting at Cecconi’s in Melbourne before becoming a consultant and wine buyer, and in 2004 set up the outstanding restaurant/wine bar in Beechworth: Wardens Food & Wine.

He’s ebullient yet focussed and always engaging – and he knows as much about wine at this fine country restaurant as he does about its modern Italian food. While Esposito – an Italian – has an obvious affinity with the wines of his birth nation, he’s equally erudite on the rest of Europe and Australia and passionate about ‘his’ region of Beechworth.

The Age Good Food Guide 2009

In 2009 Rocco was the recipient of The Age Good Food Guide Wine Service Award as well as rated by The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 influential people.

He is the epitome of a sommelier, a great communicator who has the ability to put customers at ease whether they’re wine connoisseurs or not. 

Gourmet Traveller Wine 2009, The Age Melbourne Magazine Top 100 

Rocco was Director of Wine at Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde restaurant and hospitality group, where he managed a diverse and complex wine program; training sommeliers and enthusing clients about wine.

The real success of my career as Sommelier wasn’t due to the wine choices I made in writing wine lists or learning about new wine discoveries, but to the hours I spent talking to people, making connections and building relationships.

He’s now co-owner of PROJECT Forty Nine – a brand based on passion and belief that sees sustainable farming, wine craft and dining as the hub of hospitality.