Discover the Young Guns of Wine from home in May

Published on 14 May 2020

Photo: One of the six packs you can order to go with a virtual tasting

A new series of virtual tastings and mixed packs makes drinking to the next generation of wine talent easier than ever.

One of the silver linings to the global pandemic is the chance to get closer to your heroes, even as you maintain your physical distance. And if your heroes happen to be among the 50 Young Gun of Wine finalists, this month you’re in luck.

These innovators of the Australian wine world are coming to your lounge room, with a series of virtual tastings that are happening over the next three weeks. Normally, you’d have the chance to rub shoulders with a handful of the winemakers at a tasting event in the lead-up to the awards in June, when the 2020 Young Gun of Wine, Best New Act, People’s Choice and Danger Zone winners are named.

With a physical event out of the question, the folks behind Young Gun of Wine have doubled down and made the awards even more user-friendly.

“Not only will people be able to engage from the comfort of their homes,” says Young Gun of Wine founder Rory Kent. “Across the seven events they’re going to be able to explore more with each winemaker than they would by attempting to meet all 50 winemakers at once.”

The virtual tastings are grouped around seven themes so you can choose a favourite region, a particular variety you like, or go hard and sign up for all seven. Victorian producers are in the spotlight on Friday 22 May alongside a handful of interesting white wines, and again on Saturday 30 May, along with examples of gamay.

Oakridge Estate, Chalmers and Kooyong are among the Victorian finalists, along with up-and-comers such as Micro Wines, Dhiaga and Dilworth and Allain. In total, 17 Victorian winemakers have made the top 50, the most of any state.

Before you register for one of the free events you can, of course, buy some wine from the friendly folks at Langton’s. You can order matching mixed six-packs or dozens, each pack featuring the wines set to be discussed in at least three different events. If you order the dozen, you can taste along with almost every event on the program.

And the more wine you drink, the better position you’re in to cast a vote in the People’s Choice Award.

Mark the dates in your diary and consider extending the invitation to five friends, because you can.

Young Gun of Wine Top 50 Virtual Tastings, free, until 30 May. Registration essential at

By Emma Breheny

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