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What’s On

Discover all of the latest happenings on the Australian wine scene, including the best wine festivals, dinners and masterclasses.
Text JuDY SARRIS
PHOTOGRAPHY courtesy of tyrrell’s

Hunter Shiraz 2017

3, 8 & 17 April

If you’re keen to discover why the members of our tasting panel are fans of 2017 Hunter Valley Shiraz, join Peter Bourne who will host a tasting in Sydney on 3 April at Winespace (Ford Sherington House, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills) and in Orange on 8 April at Ferment, The Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange) – both from 6-8pm. The Sydney tasting will cost $75 and the Orange tasting $55.
Book via peterbourne.com.au or (02) 9552 2366.

In Melbourne join Jeremy Prideaux for a tasting of the wines from 6-8pm on 17 April at Recoleta (Upstairs, 10 Bourke St, Melbourne).

To book call (03) 9654 6657. The Melbourne tasting will cost $55.

Slice of Orange

5-14 April

One of the most loved festivals, Orange F.O.O.D takes place from 5-14 April and features more than 90 events to showcase the region’s cellar doors during harvest and vintage. Along with other signature events, highlights include the three-course Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney featuring local wine and seasonal produce ($135 pp).

Visit the Week Night Market (April 5) where food, wine, cider and beer from the region’s top makers will flow under the stars in Robertson Park, or if you want to turn your experience into a weekend of food and wine, hop on the F.O.O.D Train, departing Sydney on 12 April and returning 14 April, to be transported for a weekend of, among other things, foraging, breakfasts and lunches. Two nights’ accommodation are included in the $895 per person ticket price.

Go to orangefoodweek.com.au

Tasting Australia

5-14 April

Things have been amped up a notch at Adelaide’s annual Tasting Australia. With GT WINE contributor, Nick Stock now on board as the festival’s Beverage Director, there are some pretty awesome masterclasses to choose from including Pinot Pioneers Jane Eyre and William Downie on 11 April ($125 pp), International Pinot Noir Tasting on 12 April ($195pp); and The Maker’s Mind with Taras Ochota on 12 April ($145).

GT WINE and Winecraft are also supporting one of the masterclass highlights, 1,000 Years of Wine on 13 April ($125) showcasing 10 wines, each made from a vineyard that is more than 100 years old.

Of course, there’s heaps for foodies to do, too, with an astonishing array of top chefs on the burners.

Visit tastingaustralia.com.au

GABS Beer, cider & Food festival

27 April to 29 june

Hemp flour, agave and edible green ants are just some of the left-of-field ingredients to be found in the 170 craft beers and ciders brewed especially for the 2019 Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (GABS) by leading brewers as well as cidermakers from both Australia and New Zealand.

Local food trucks and vendors will be serving up tasty treats, there’ll be panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, sideshows, bars and even circus performers. It’s all happening at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (27 April), Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building (17-19 May), Sydney Showground (1 June) and Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds (29 June).

Visit gabsfestival.com

Gourmet Traveller WINE Events

Duck, Pork and Pinot

7 May 2019
Kitchen by Mike

1 Bent St, Sydney
Hosted by Peter Bourne
eventopia.co/duckporkpinotsyd
$195 per person

Cool Climate Wines

28 May 2019
Antler Room, mercado restaurant

4 Ash St, Sydney
Hosted by Ned Goodwin
eventopia.co/coolclimatewines
$95 per person

Antler Room, Mercado Restaurant
Antler Room, Mercado Restaurant

Wines for Autumn

14 may 2019
palm room, stokehouse q

Sidon St, South Brisbane
Hosted by Peter Bourne
eventopia.co/autumnwinesbris

21 May 2019
Bar LOurinhÃ

37 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Hosted by Nick Stock
eventopia.co/autumnwinesmelb

Both Wines for Autumn dinners are $135 per person