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Amy Northcott
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By Gordon Becker Photography, Krsitoffer Paulsen, and courtesy of Chophouse
Winter is well and truly here, and what better way to embrace the cold than with a trip to wine country? Check out these events in Margaret River, Hunter Valley, Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley and Tasmania.
Winery Report
Margaret River’s Cabin Fever Festival is back this July.

Gourmet Traveller WINE Events

Shiraz and Syrah

MELBOURNE DINNER
20 JULY, 2021
Cumulus Up, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
HOSTED BY NICK STOCK

TIME: 6.30 – 10pm
COST: $225 (inc GST) ($202.50 for subscribers)
Four course dinner included.

See the line-up and book your spot here.

Cumulus Up.

Cabernet Blends

SYDNEY DINNER
15 JULY, 2021The Hideaway at ChopHouse, 25 Bligh St, Sydney

Hosted by PETER BOURNE
ADELAIDE DINNER
18 AUGUST, 2021
Orso Kensington36 Kensington Road, Rose Park
HOSTED BY NICK STOCK

TIME: 6.30 – 10pm
COST: $225 (inc GST) ($202.50 for subscribers)
Four course dinner included.

See the line-up and book your spot here.

The Hideaway at ChopHouse.

New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting PART 2

➽ 14 & 19 JULY

Part two of our New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting is here with Peter Bourne. Sydney-siders can catch the tasting on Wednesday 14 July at Winespace, and those in Orange on Monday 19 July at Ferment, the Orange Wine Centre. The Sydney tasting is A$80 and Orange is A$60, and both run from 6pm to 8pm. To book your spot, visit peterbourne.com.au or call (02) 9552 2366.

In Melbourne, join Dan Schwarze on 23 June at The Melbourne Supper Club. Tickets are $60 and goes from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. To book, call (03) 9654 0811.

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival

Whole of June

The Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival is back! Catch tastings, masterclasses, long lunches, exclusive dinners and more, all showcasing the very best of the region. Highlights include Glandore Estate’s Burning of the Barrel and the Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight, featuring celebrity chefs Matt Kemp and Colin Fassnidge.

Visit winecountry.com.au

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers

➽ WHOLE OF JULY

There’s no better time to take a trip to the Coonawarra than this July, with the region’s annual Cellar Dwellers event. For the whole month, local wineries will be diving into their cellars to bring your their most prized, collected back vintages – giving you the chance to purchase and even taste these exclusive drops. Along with the special bottle openings, there’s also a range of events on to celebrate, like degustation dinners, cooking classes, long lunches, masterclasses and more.

Visit coonawarra.org for the full program.

Margan's barrelhall masterclass at the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival.

CABIN FEVER

➽ 16-25 July

Warm up with a visit to WA’s Margaret River for Cabin Fever Festival. Organisers are promising more than 40 events, including favourites the Cheese Taste Battle at The Common, and Blazing Brews at Beerfarm.

Visit cabinfeverfest.com.au

Fireside Yarra Valley

➽  17 July - 1 August

This July, celebrate a Yarra Valley winter with the Fireside Festival. The program is jam-packed with cooking classes, bespoke dinners, masterclasses and more. Expect plenty of smoked goods, pizza parties, hearty feasts and stunning Yarra Valley wines.

Visit wineyarravalley.com.au

ADELAIDE HILLS WINTER REDS

➽  23-25 July

Picture yourself with a glass of red by an open fire during an Adelaide Hills winter. Can you see it? Well, now make it a reality with the Adelaide Hill’s annual Winter Reds weekend. Rug up and embrace the region’s beauty with feasts by firelight, insightful tastings and masterclasses featuring top Hills producers.

See the full program at winterreds.com.au

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Pinot Palooza

➽ Auckland 6 & 7 August
➽ Sydney 1 & 2 October
➽ Melbourne 8 & 9 October
➽ Brisbane 15 & 16 October

We’re super excited to welcome back everyone’s favourite pinot celebration – Pinot Palooza – in 2021. With a travel bubble secured, you can catch the event in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this August and October. The line-up features top New World producers, such as Akarua, Handpicked Wines, Vinteloper to name just a few. Keep an eye out for the Pinot Palooza Unplugged events, too, which take an in-depth look at regions and producers.

Head to
pinotpalooza.com.au

Tasmanian Wine Festival – THE Winter Edition

➽ 7 & 8 August

Rug up and explore the best of the local red wine scene with the inaugural Tasmanian Wine Festival Winter Edition. Join producers Meadowbank, Frogmore Creek, Milton, Clover Hill and others as they pour their favourites. Held in Hobart’s Good Sheds, there are plans for three sessions across the weekend.

See taswinefest.com.au

Wine Retreat: Macedon Ranges

➽ 10-12 September

Looking to escape the daily grind and discover one of Australia’s most exciting and upcoming wine regions? Join Woodend Wine Store’s Caroline Bailey and Wine Brain’s Dr Kimberley Pearce for their Macedon Ranges Wine Retreat, taking you for a fun yet educational deep dive into the Victorian wine region. The itinerary is a goodie where you’ll taste an impressive line up of local wines, have the opportunity to chat with local experts via a live panel and also be treated to a five-course, wine-wine-paired dinner and stay at the stunning Lancemore Macedon Ranges. Local winemakers will also make guest appearances to be on hand to chat and share their amazing slice of Aussie wine country with you – names like Michael Dhillon of Bindi Winegrowers and Renata Morello of Lyons Will Estate just to name a couple!

Visit woodendwinestore.com.au/wine-retreat to book your spot.