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What’s On

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Amy Northcott
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By Jo McGann and courtesy of Barossa Wine and Grape Association.
Fill your calendar with these events in the Barossa, Clare Valley, Melbourne and WA's Great Southern. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit event websites for the latest information.
Winery Report

Gourmet Traveller WINE Events

Taste of Piedmont

MELBOURNE dinner
26 MAY 2022
BUILDERS ARMS HOTEL, 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 
Hosted by JEREMY PRIDEAUX

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.

WA Showcase Tasting

SYDNEY DINNER
12 MAY 2022
WINESPACE, Lower Ground Floor, 119 Kippax Street, Surry Hills
Hosted by DOM SWEENEY

TIME: 6.30 – 8.30pm
COST: $95 (inc GST) ($85.50 for subscribers)
Tssting plates of food included.

See the line-up and book your spot here.

Melbourne's Builders Arms Hotel.

Beaujolais and Gamay

➽ 26 APRIL & 2 MAY

Heading into autumn, there’s no better time to indulge in vibrant and expressive examples of Beaujolais and gamay from across France, Australia and New Zealand. Join Peter Bourne for a tasting at Winespace in Sydney on 26 April, and in Orange on 2 May at Ferment, the Orange Wine Centre. The Sydney tasting is A$75 and Orange is A$60, and both run from 6pm to 8pm.

Read about the wines here. To book your spot, visit peterbourne.com.au or call (02) 9552 2366.

2022 Mastery Studios at The Barossa Cellar

➽ APRIL, MAY & JUNE

Next time you’re in the Barossa, book in to one of The Barossa Cellar’s Mastery Studios for a day of storytelling, seasonal food and, of course, incredible wines. Each Mastery Studio is hosted by a team of local chefs and winemakers who guide you through a hands-on masterclass, before you all settle in to enjoy your results over a long lunch. Some of the names across the program include Barossan food identity Mark McNamara, Vintners Bar & Grill’s Peter Clarke and Spinifex Wines’ Pete Schell.

Visit barossa.com 

Urban Wine Walk.

Urban Wine Walk

 23 APRIL

Get your mates together for the upcoming Urban Wine Walk in Melbourne’s Richmond. The self-guided trail takes in the area’s top watering holes, which will host your favourite Australian winemakers for a day of sipping and chatting all things wine. Some of the venues and wineries teaming up include The Post and Pacha Mama Wines; The Blacksmith and Innocent Bystander; Waygood and Smallfry Wines.

Find out more and book your spot at urbanwinewalk.com.au

A Little Bit of Italy

  29 April to 1 May

Indulge in a taste of Europe, with A Little Bit of Italy in the picturesque Hunter Valley subregion of Broke Fordwich. After a two-year break, the popular festival is back with an exciting line up sure to take your tastebuds on holiday. Your entry ticket includes tastings at four wineries of your choice, including names like Margan Wines, Winmark, Whispering Brook, Greenway Wines and more. There’s also a bunch of special events and workshops on too, if you fancy getting your chef on at a pasta or pizza making class, taking a dive into the world of Italian wine or even try your hand at a Art’n’Sip class.

To see the full program and buy tickets, visit brokefordwich.com.au/a-little-bit-of-italy

Taste Great Southern

➽ 5-15 MAY

Celebrate the best of WA’s Great Southern region with a stellar line-up of local winemakers, chefs and brewers hosting tastings, masterclasses, long lunches and exclusive events. Some of the highlights include the Singlefile Wines A Sense of Place Tasting Experience; In the Raw with Leeuwin Coast and Larry Cherubino; and the Galafrey Wines 45th Anniversary Long Table Lunch.

See the full program at wineandfood.com.au/taste-great-southern

CLARE VALLEY SCA GOURMET WEEK

➽ 13-22 MAY

The Clare Valley’s annual Gourmet Week is back this May. It will kick off with the traditional festival weekend, where the wineries open their doors and team up with local restaurants and food trucks to provide some stellar wine and food combos. Be sure to book ahead for the rest of the week, which features an exciting program of long lunches, vineyard-side art classes, wine blending workshops and more.

See clarevalleygourmet.com.au

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Full Moon by Luna Wine Store

➽ 14 MAY

Join Byron Bay’s Luna Wine Store for the area’s first ever natural wine festival, bringing together over 20 famed producers. Your ticket will get you a two-hour tasting session with up to 80 different wines, along with a branded glass to take home. Expect to see names like Owen Latta, Commune of Buttons, Borachio, Delinquente and more.

All profits from Full Moon will be donated to local, indidgenous-owned newspaper the Koori Mail’s ‘Rebuild Fund’, to help the restoration of their offices which were damaged in the recent floods. 

Check it out at lunawinestore.com

Chardonnay May 

➽ 20-29 May

Love chardonnay? There’s no other place to be this May than SA’s stunning Adelaide Hills for their Chardonnay May celebrations. Join local Hills producers for a line up of impressive chardy-centric events like masterclasses, long lunches and even a wild Chardy Party.

Can’t wait until then? As part of the Tasting Australia program, catch the Adelaide Hills Chardonnay Heroes masterclass on May 6th, hosted by GT WINE contributor Nick Ryan at the Stirling Hotel for a taste of what’s to come.

Find out more at adelaidehillswine.com.au/events/chardonnay-may