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Australia hosts nation-wide party celebrating wine

The biggest celebration of Australian wine, Aussie Wine Month, returns this May to showcase the exceptional quality and diversity of wine produced in our own backyard.

By Wine Australia
Published May 3, 2017

Now in its sixth year, the month-long celebration will champion legendary and cutting-edge wines that are defining Australia right now.  The festival includes exciting national events including wine festivals, masterclasses, tastings, long lunches and degustation dinners with great Aussie winemakers taking place across major cities and regional towns.

On average, Australia crushes 1.672 million tonnes of wine grapes per year spanning the country’s 65 wine regions. While chardonnay and shiraz remain top contenders for Australia’s favourite drop, Australia’s wine offering is continuing to evolve with budding interest in alternative varietals from Italy, Greece and Spain.

Aussie Wine Month offers wine-lovers an opportunity to discover Australia’s evolving viticulture and explore wines which reflect the provenance and country’s diverse terroir. 

Aussie Wine Month will run nationwide from 1 – 31st May 2017. 


Shuck Off Oyster Workshop

Shuck Off Oyster Workshop, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales

Join Sydney Oyster Girls and Handpicked Wines for the ultimate oyster and wine workshop. Explore Australia’s finest oyster regions with a curated selection of oysters from across the country. This hands-on workshop will teach you the art of shucking an oyster as well as give you the know-how to pair oysters with wine. Join us at the cellar door to shuck (and eat!) your own oysters and learn the differences between varieties and regions. To celebrate Aussie Wine Month, oysters will be paired with a selection of fantastic Handpicked Australian wines.

Where: Handpicked Cellar Door, 50 Kensington St, Chippendale, Sydney
When: 7 May 2017, 2pm - 4.30pm 


Pyrmont + Mudgee Region Festival

The Pyrmont + Mudgee Region Festival returns again in 2017 with a two-week program to showcase the best of both the Mudgee Region and Pyrmont. Residing in the heart of Pyrmont in Sydney from 13 – 27 May, visitors have the opportunity to experience the country charm of the Mudgee Region in the heart of the city. Participating Mudgee wineries in this year’s festival include award-winning cellar doors Moothi Estate, First Ridge Wines, Manners Wines and newcomers Slowfox and Elephant Mountain Wines

Where: Pirrama Park, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, Sydney
When: 13 – 27 May 2017


Giant Steps Wine Dinner

Giant Steps winery, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Awarded the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year in 2016, Giant Steps' Chief Winemaker Steve Flamsteed will be presenting his collection of acclaimed wines. Set in the intimate surrounds of Alfie's Bar, this dinner, featuring wines from both the 2015 and 2016 vintages, across the Yarra Valley and single vineyard range, is a rare opportunity to enjoy exquisite wines while hearing directly from their creator. Your Giant Steps wines will be matched by a four course menu curated by Jacques Reymond.

Where: 32 Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne 
When: 31 May 2017, 7pm-10pm 


East End Cellars Masterclass: 10 Years of Wendouree

Hosted by wine writer Nick Stock, this tasting session will traverse the soil of the Clare Valley vineyard in the form of ten distinct wines, there will be debate and analysis led by winemakers Stephen George (Ashton Hills) and Colin McBryde (Some Young Punks). With the wines only available via a fully subscribed mailing list, and a waiting list packed with people hoping for misfortune to fall upon those in front of them, opportunities to explore the wines in this format are rare.

Where: Charred Tasting Room, Town Square, Adelaide 
When: 7 May 2017, 2.30pm - 4pm 


Wine Essentials at Voyager Estate

Voyager Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Go behind the scenes at Voyager Estate to learn all aspects of winemaking, from vine to wine, on a new fun and interactive one-day wine experience.

Where: Voyager Estate, Stevens Road, Margaret River 
When: 1 May - 31 May 2017, 9am 

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