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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 Julian Rifkin

Spectacular Sparkling

10 & 12 december

Would you like to taste and assess the stellar Australian fizz featured in our panel tasting (page 58) for yourself? Then join Peter Bourne who will host two tastings – in Orange on 10 December at Ferment the Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange) and in Sydney on 12 December at Winespace (Ford Sherington House, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills) – both from 6-8pm. Book via or (02) 9552 2366. Both tastings cost $75 per person.

In Melbourne join Jeremy Prideaux for the tasting from 6-8pm on 10 December at Recoleta (Upstairs, 10 Bourke St, Melbourne). To book call (03) 9654 6657. The Melbourne tasting will cost $75.

Macedon Magic


Art In The Vines promises to be a glorious trail of discovery with 25 works of art at Hanging Rock Winery (88 Jim Rd, Newham) in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges. Leading national and international sculptors are participating, some of whom have had work displayed in prominent galleries around the world. Local sculptors Andreas Buisman, Anton Hassell and Brigit Heller physically created their pieces at the winery and will be holding workshops. The geological formation of Hanging Rock, 3 kilometres away, provides a stellar backdrop. Entry is free. Visit for more info.

Taste Great Southern


When the west puts on a food and wine bash, it goes all out. Taste Great Southern 2019 runs over 10 days in April, with more than 40 events including markets, festivals, dinners, lunches as well as wine, spirit and coffee tastings. A plethora of great produce includes seafood, lamb, beef, vegetables and milk products, as well as first-class shiraz, pinot noir and riesling from regions such as Frankland River, Denmark, Porongurup and Mt Barker. Visit

Bubbles and Brine


The Taste of Tasmania is Hobart’s big annual food and wine festival, timed to coincide with the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This year it features Of Sparkling And Sea, a decadently delicious session of oysters and fizz presented by Alice Chugg (nominated for GT WINE’s 2017 Young Sommelier To Watch) and chef Vladimir Panevin, both of Ettie’s, Hobart. Oysters from three distinct regions of Tasmania will be matched with the island’s best bubbles, and some of the oysters will be given Panevin’s bistro treatment. $65 per person. Visit

Grampians Grape Escape

4 & 5 MAY

Now’s the time to start thinking about booking for the Grampians Grape Escape. Tasting Ticket holders will be able to taste dozens of wines, craft beers and ciders from local producers, and make the most of the wine store for take-home product. There will be music, cooking demos and guest chefs including My Kitchen Rules’ Colin Fassnidge. Heaps of food stalls will serve everything from burgers to crème brûlée. $55 per person per day. Visit