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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 by Danny Wootton, courtesy of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

One of the World’s Longest Lunches at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.


11, 13 & 20 February

The Gourmet Traveller WINE tasting panel had a wonderful hit rate when they recently swirled and sipped their way through a whole collection of local and Italian wine made from indigenous Italian grape varieties. If you’d like to sample all the wines they rated best join Peter Bourne who will host two tastings – in Orange on 11 February at Ferment the Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange), and in Sydney on 13 February at Winespace (Ford Sherington House, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills) – both from 6-8pm. Book via or (02) 9552 2366. The Orange tasting will cost $55 and the Sydney tasting $75

In Melbourne join Jeremy Prideaux for the tasting from 6-8pm on 20 February at Recoleta (Upstairs, 10 Bourke St, Melbourne). To book call (03) 9654 6657. The Melbourne tasting will cost $55.


8-24 March 

Let’s face it, Melbourne’s the hot spot for food and wine all year round, but it’s even hotter in March. Why? Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back with a more tempting line-up than ever, offering an array of unique experiences over three weekends. 

Highlights include The House of Food and Wine at Melbourne’s transformed Malthouse Theatre (the hub for eating and drinking, tasting and talking on opening weekend), the World’s Longest Lunches, as well a series of bespoke dinners crafted by some of Melbourne’s top chefs.

This March, you are sure to soak up some of what the diverse scene has to offer.



9 & 10 MARCH

Rutherglen invites you and the whole family to celebrate the best of North-East Victoria’s wine and produce. Sip and taste your way around 19 wineries, matching bites with drops, discovering perfect pairings as you go. Little ones have their own menus, games, activities and even grapes to attend to. 

Wine lovers have the opportunity to advance their knowledge with exclusive behind-the-scenes winery tours, back vintage tastings and other various masterclasses such as wine blending and bottling. End the day with a twilight dinner and cocktails or simply cruise the pop up bars. $20 per person. Designated drivers enter free and receive two complimentary drink vouchers.



5 April to 2 may

Once again, this April, the Barossan community is giving fine wine lovers and enthusiasts the chance to add something special to their collection. The rarest and most sought-after wines from the region, such as verticals and large formats will be up for grabs, as well as experience packages. Once every two years winemakers offer up personally curated lots from their private stock and buyers from Australia and abroad have the opportunity to bid on these.

Around 150 lots will be available online between 5 April and 2 May, with an extra 30 exclusive to the exciting live auction on 26 April. Spots are limited for this with only 350 tickets available. Each is $165, and includes a three-course lunch at Lambert Estate crafted from local produce.


Gourmet Traveller WINE Events

Museum Wines

5 MARCH 2019

Nel. 75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
Hosted by Peter Bourne

14 MARCH 2019

Mosaic room, Ovolo Nishi, NewActon Precinct, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra
Hosted by Nick Ryan

19 MARCH 2019

Tea Room, Adjacent Melbourne Supper Club, Level 1, 161 Spring St, Melbourne
Hosted by Nick Stock

All dinners are $195 per person

Australia vs New Zealand

12 MARCH 2019

Allium, 148 Merthyr Rd, cnr James St, New Farm, Brisbane

$125 per person

Biodynamic & Organic Tasting

14 MARCH 2019

Winespace, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Hosted by Mike Bennie

$75 per person