The first day of May is important for lots of reasons. It’s my birthday *wink* the anniversary of my earthly incarnation. It’s also the day I registered the domain InsideCuisine.com – we are 5 years old this year!
But for wine lovers around the country more importantly it is also the start of Australia’s biggest wine celebration – Aussie Wine Month.
Aussie Wine Month is now in its third year and gives Australians from Sydney to Subiaco via Strathalbyn, inspiration through a wide range of wine events across the country.
“We have incredible wines here in Australia and what better way to celebrate than with a month long festival. This May, it will be all about our local top drops – there will be food and wine festivals, behind the scenes tours, tastings, degustation dinners and much more across Australia” says Wine Australia Regional Director, Aaron Brasher.
“We encourage Australians to open their palates, hearts and minds to our top drops and to exploring some or our picturesque wine regions in May.”
Here’s a snapshot of events occurring around Australia:
PRE-LAUNCH EVENT: AUSSIE WINE MONTH: CITY CELLAR DOOR presented by Wine Australia
A taste of things to come in May, Aussie Wine Month: City Cellar Door will be bringing iconic wines from across Australia to Sydney. The pre-launch event for Aussie Wine Month is the perfect opportunity to experience a variety of truly great Australian wines before the official launch on May 1. Guests can sit back in the wine garden and enjoy the tasting alongside great food and local produce.
Australia Square, 264 George St, Sydney
Wednesday, 9 April, 12-8pm
More info: www.aussiewinemonth.com
LAUNCH: AUSSIE WINE UNEARTHED presented by Wine Australia & Dan Murphy’s
The official launch event for Aussie Wine Month has been a sell out since it started. Held in conjunction with Dan Murphy’s, Aussie Wine Unearthed is the first of many events planned. Sixteen of Australia’s best wine regions will be polishing the glasses and showcasing their hero wines on the evening. Guests can chat with a winemaker or sommelier, sample delicious local produce, and even try their hand at food and wine matching.
Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney
Thursday, 1 May, 6-9pm
REGIONAL EVENT: TOUR DE RIESLING TRAIL, CLARE VALLEY – SOUTH AUSTRALIA
A gourmet nirvana, the beautiful Clare Valley is the perfect region for a bicycle tour. The May Tour De Riesling takes in eight of the region’s best wineries over two days. Suitable for all levels of riders, the riding trail is dotted with amazing cellar doors, food stops and gorgeous rolling scenery.
Bookings: 1300 665 330 or email@example.com
REGIONAL EVENT: OPERA IN THE VINEYARD, BALLANDEEN – QUEENSLAND
Held in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines, Opera in the Vineyard is an intoxicating mix of music, wine and food and a truly unforgettable experience for wine lovers in the Granite Belt. Event organisers Ballandean Estate Wines and the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe have donated almost a million dollars to charity since the event’s inception.
Saturday, 3 May
REGIONAL EVENT: AN AFTERNOON TEA WITH A DIFFERENCE, RUTHERGLEN – VICTORIA
If fortified wines are your forte, this special event by Pfeiffer Wines is not to be missed. Rutherglen chef Stewart Gilchrist will share four of his favourite dessert dishes alongside a classification tasting of Pfeiffer Rutherglen Topaque and Muscat – luscious, intense fortified wines which are the heritage of the Australian Wine Industry.
Sunday, 18 May, 2-4pm
Bookings: +61 2 6033 2805 or www.pfeifferwinesrutherglen.com.au/home/events/book-events-online
REGIONAL EVENT: TASTINGS AT THE TOP, CRADLE MOUNTAIN – TASMANIA
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge will this year celebrate the 20th year of gourmet extravaganza ‘Tastings at the Top’, one of Australia’s finest food and wine experiences. Held towards the end of Aussie Wine Month, the two-day festival celebrates the best wines Tasmania has to offer with a degustation dinner, sumptuous buffet and local produce all complemented by some of the finest Tasmanian wines.
Bookings: 1300 806 192 (within Australia), +61 3 6492 2103 (International) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL EVENT: LEEUWIN ESTATE ART SERIES LUNCH, MARGARET RIVER – WEST AUSTRALIA
Celebrate ‘The Art of Fine Wine’ at Leeuwin Estate this May. After a tour of the winery with a winemaker, including the famous Leeuwin Art Gallery, guests will be guided through a special wine flight featuring the Estate’s acclaimed Art Series wines. A special lunch menu will be paired with Art Series Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, with dessert accompanied by museum release Art Series Riesling.
Saturday, 31 May, 11-4pm