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Amy Northcott
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By John Kruger and courtesy of South Coast Food and Wine Festival.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all events will be confirmed or postponed on a case-by-case basis. Please check event websites for further details.
Winery Report
The Eden Valley’s 2020 Cellar Door winners have curated a weekend package.

Spanish Reds

➽ 17 & 19 AUGUST

Beat the winter chill and warm up with a tasting of our top Spanish red wines from this edition’s panel tasting. Join Peter Bourne as he guides you through some top examples of tempranillo, garnacha and more from across the country. Those in Orange can taste the wines on 17 August at Ferment, The Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange) and Sydney-siders can on Wednesday 19 August at Winespace (Lower level, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills).

The Orange tasting is $55 and the Sydney tasting is $75 and both run from 6-8pm.

To book your spot visit peterbourne.com.au or call (02) 9552 2366.


Ultimate Wine Lovers’ Weekend

➽ BOOK YOUR OWN WEEKEND

Take a tour of South Australia’s Eden Valley winners from our Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards 2020 with the Ultimate Wine Lovers’ Weekend package. Hutton Vale Farm, Henschke, Yalumba and Flaxman Wines have created a three-day itinerary featuring some of the best food and wine experiences the region has to offer. Choose from a two- or four-person package, book a weekend that suits, and then relax as you are taken for the dream food and wine escape. Some of the experiences include: a stay in Hutton Vale Farm’s picturesque accommodation, the JHA Stone Cellar; a seasonal lunch at Flaxman Wines; tour of Henschke’s Mount Edelstone vineyard; and a private tasting at Yalumba.

For more information and bookings, visit ultimate.huttonvale.com/bookings

GREAT EASTERN WINE WEEKEND

➽ 4-6 SEPTEMBER

Experience the natural beauty, premium produce and stunning cool-climate wines of Tasmania with the Great Eastern Wine Weekend. Highlights of the program include Sip and Shuck in the Vines at Gala Estate Vineyard and the Wine in the Wild cruise and lunch on Cook’s Beach. Freycient Lodge will also be hosting the event’s popular Meet the Maker tasting session on the Friday evening, and the Great Eastern Wine and Dine dinner on the Saturday evening.

See eastcoasttasmania.com

Orange Wine Festival

➽ WHOLE OF OCTOBER

October is the time to celebrate Orange’s flourishing wine and produce industry with the return of Orange Wine Festival in NSW. This year, it will be held across the whole month with a stellar line-up of more than 80 events, including wine shows, tastings, masterclasses, workshops and more. Some of the festival’s much-loved features are back, too, including the Orange Wine Show Tasting, the Vino Express, Wine in the Vines and the Festival Night Market.

Visit orangewinefestival.com.au

The South Coast Food and Wine Festival is a showcase of the region's top producers.
The South Coast Food and Wine Festival is a showcase of the region's top producers.

South Coast Food and Wine Festival

➽ 16 & 17 OCTOBER

After a successful launch last year, the NSW South Coast Food and Wine Festival is returning in 2020 with more exciting offerings. This year, the festival will be held at White Sands Park in the gorgeous Jervis Bay and run across three sessions: Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. A wide array of the area’s best food and wine will be showcased under one roof, meaning it’s a great opportunity to support and stock up on all your favourites. There will be stalls holding tastings, as well as bookable experiences, such as masterclasses and an Indigenous dinner.

See the full program at southcoastfoodandwinefestival.com.au

Highland Valley Forage

➽ 24 OCTOBER

Join Nick Gardner, of Hampden Deli and Dining, and Damien Monley, of Grand Bistro, for a degustation food and wine trail through the Morton National Park. The event is a celebration of the wine and food found in the NSW Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven Coast. Pack your walking shoes and water bottle as your group is taken for a stroll through some stunning landscape, with stops to taste cool-climate wines and treat yourself to dishes inspired by the land around you. Choose from either an eight- or 10-course roaming degustation filled with an abundance of local produce and ingredients.

To book your place, visit wildfest.com.au/product/forage

Travelling soon?

Don’t forget to check out the Empty Esky movement, which aims to support businesses affected by bushfires and now, Covid-19 restrictions. The Empty Esky program encourages visitors to take an empty esky and stock up on their favourite wines, food and produce during their travels.

Visit emptyesky.com.au for more info.