Enjoy 31 days of tastings, festivals, pop-up cellars and more devoted to Australian wines
This May, the country’s biggest celebration of Australian wine returns for a fourth year running as Aussie Wine Month unfolds with a slew of cool lunches, tastings, winery walks, festivals, pop-up cellars and more.
All across the country, wine lovers are invited to discover and explore the rich, diverse quality of drops from all over Australia – which boasts 65 different wine regions and some of the tastiest vintages in the world.
Among the highlights in New South Wales are:
Taste Orange Festival All through May, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel will have a wine list populated solely by wines from the Orange region. Guests can also enjoy pop-up wine stalls, a food and wine festival in nearby Robertson park and masterclasses about the greatness of the grape.Around Watsons Bay. Daily. Prices vary. May 1-31.
2010 Torbreck ‘The Laird’ Exclusive LaunchSerious about wine? You’ll want to get in for the first taste of the country’s most expensive wine, an $800 single vineyard shiraz made in small quantities. Your ticket gets you a $100 wine voucher to use on the night as well as a tasting plate. Unit 2/7-9 Orion Rd, Lane Cove West 2066. 6-30-9pm. $185. Wed May 6.
Pop-Up City Cellar Door Enjoy a free pop-up tasting in the wine garden at the Australia Square forecourt courtesy of Wine Australia and Dan Murphy’s. The drops are provided by winemakers from regions around the country, and there will be local produce available too. 263 George St, Sydney 2000. 3-8pm. Free. May 6-7.
Hungerford Hill Epic Tasting Experience They’ll be matching food from award-winning eatery Muse with limited-release and museum wines throughout May at this cellar door in the Hunter Valley. 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 2320. Wed-Sun 11am-3pm. From $28. May 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 & 27-31.
Lowe Wines Pop-Up Cellar Door Head to Kitchen by Mike to meet David Lowe and his team, and taste wines from their organic and biodynamic vineyards in Mudgee. 1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery 2018. 11am-4pm. $15. May 8-10.
Lovedale Long Lunch Bring an appetite to this progressive-style lunch that will cover off seven Lovedale wineries. Around Hunter Valley. 10am-4pm. $65-$85. Sat May 16.
Don’t forget to tag your social media posts with #AussieWineMonth for a chance to win a dozen bottles of Australian wine valued at more than $400. Visit Aussie Wine Month for more details.