You have free articles remaining this month.
Subscribe now for 50c a week. Subscribe

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 and sarah bentvelzen
PHOTOGRAPHY by cole bennetts and courtesy of Felton road and chophouse

Felton Road asks: is it the site or the winemaker that makes the wine?

Pinot on Parade

3, 5 & 19 June

Keen to taste your way through the magnificent collection of Tasmanian pinot noir featured in our Gourmet Traveller WINE panel tasting? Then join Peter Bourne who will host two tastings – in Orange on 3 June at Ferment, The Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange) from 6-8pm, and in Sydney on 5 June at Winespace (sold out!). The Orange tasting will cost $55. Book via or (02) 9552 2366.

In Melbourne, Jeremy Prideaux will be showing the same selection of wines from 6-8pm on 19 June at Recoleta (Upstairs, 10 Bourke St, Melbourne).

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

En route to Rutherglen

8 & 9 June

If our Rutherglen Wine Drive story inspires you to visit the region, then what better time than for Winery Walkabout held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend?

For more than 40 years, this has been a go-to event for lovers of reds and fortifieds. Visitors will have the chance to get stuck into the region’s standout wines at the 19 participating wineries. There will be behind-the-scene winery tours and guided one-on-one tastings with winemakers.

There will also be plenty of good things to eat such as farm-grown duck sausages (Jones Winery & Vineyard), woodfire pizzas (Valhalla Wines), gourmet barbecue and burgers (Cofield Wines) and even prawn gyoza (Andrew Buller Wines). Then work it off at the Great Barrel Rolling Competition or at the Grape Stomp. It all promises to be a lot of fun.

Tickets start from $65. Visit

Bastille day

14 July

The French are masters of some of the greatest wine and food out there, and now here’s your chance to experience both: a six course traditional French-inspired degustation lunch, paired with a selection of wines from Burgundy and Champagne.

Join hosts Decante This and Restaurant Mason’s award-winning team as they take you through their finest offerings on 14 July at Longworth House (129 Scott Street Newcastle) from 12.30pm.

To book call 0487 774 841. Places at the lunch are $175 per person.

Site or Winemaker?

9-11 August

A compelling offering for any wine lover must surely be hanging out with Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter at the Origins of Wine, A Wine Weekend while he tackles the question of what’s truly important: site or winemaker?

During a weekend stay at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, on New Zealand’s North Island, Walter will take guests through a unique tasting of Felton Road wines while exploring themes of site expression and the role of the winemaker in creating the wines. There will be comprehensive tastings and discussion.

On Friday night guests will be asked to bring a bottle from their cellar to a Burgundian-style dinner. Walter’s wine workshop will be on Saturday afternoon followed by a tasting menu dinner, created by Executive Chef Barry Frith and hosted by Walter.

The weekend costs NZ$1,700 pp and includes two nights’ accommodation, tasting, full breakfasts and dinners, plus either unlimited green fees or a 50-minute spa treatment.

For bookings visit

Gourmet Traveller WINE Events


19 June 2019
the hideaway

Level 1, 25 Bligh St, Sydney
Hosted by Peter Bourne
Beautiful, cellar-worthy varietal and blended cabernet wines.
$195 per person

Winter Reds

18 june 2019
apothecary 1878

118 Hindley St, Adelaide
Hosted by Nick Ryan

25 June 2019
The Laneway

181 Mary St, Brisbane
Hosted by Peter Bourne
The best reds to curl up and drink by an open fire.

Both Winter Reds dinners are $135 per person, see page 152