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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

Rosé on pour

22 & 24 October

It’s Australia versus France in GT WINE’s expert panel tasting of rosé in this issue. Join us to determine the best wines for you to sip on as summer approaches. Peter Bourne will host two tastings – in Orange on 22 October at Ferment The Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange) and in Sydney on 24 October at Winespace (Ford Sherington House, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills) – both from 6-8pm.
Book via or (02) 9552 2366.
The Sydney tasting will cost $75 and the Orange tasting will cost $55.

In Melbourne, join Jeremy Prideaux for the tasting from 6-8pm on 24 October at Recoleta (Upstairs, 10 Bourke St, Melbourne).
To book, call (03) 9654 6657. The Melbourne tasting will cost $55.

Orange Wine Festival

12 to 21 October

The annual Orange Wine Festival is back for its 13th year with more than 90 food and wine events, including The Vino Express, a three-day wine getaway via train from Sydney, and Wine in the Vines, a full-day roving food and wine tour from cellar door to cellar door.

It’s a great time to visit Orange with wineries revealing their new releases, and the opportunity to taste the wines that blitzed the recent Sydney Royal Wine Show, such as the Best NSW Wine winner, the 2017 Brokenwood Forest Edge Chardonnay.

This year’s festival will mark the first major regional event supported by Orange360, a new joint tourism initiative between Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Council.

chÂteau figeac

16 & 18 October

Despite being on the Right Bank of the Gironde river in Bordeaux, Premier Grand Cru Classé ranked Château Figeac has the unique characteristic of using equal parts cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot, giving it distinct Left Bank and Right Bank flavour profiles.

Château Figeac’s owner Hortense Idoine Manoncourt will be in Australia for two rare vertical tastings, alongside Australian-born Bordeaux negociant Emma Thienpont. Taste the château’s top expressions from 1985, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 paired expertly to food at Petit Tracteur on the Mornington Peninsula on October 16, and in Sydney at Bentley Restaurant & Bar on October 18.

Tickets to the Mornington Peninsula dinner cost $290 per person. The Sydney dinner costs $380 per person.
For Mornington Peninsula bookings contact For Sydney,

Pinot celebration Australia

8 & 9 February

Australia’s preeminent pinot noir event, Pinot Celebration Australia, will take place on the 8 and 9 February, 2019 at the new RACV Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula.

The event offers winemakers, media and pinot noir lovers the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of pinot noir from around Australia and the world with a two-day schedule of panel discussions, tastings, winery visits and unforgettable meals prepared by acclaimed Mornington Peninsula chefs.