It's time to drink rosé in a hot-air balloon

Published on 17 November 2021

Photo: A wine tasting in the clouds

Yarra Valley's Rosé Evolution festival returns with a huge program.

There’s an old MFWF saying that goes, “rosé tastes much better in a hot-air balloon soaring over the Yarra Valley at 5am”. Sound like you? The return of the Yarra Valley’s Rosé Evolution festival puts that dream within reach, with wine tasting flights taking to the skies from Saturday 20 November.

After 2021 forced the festival online, the nine-day soirée returns this weekend for a third year, celebrating everybody’s favourite subtly hued drop with a program that also embraces emerging wine trends.

Running daily from Saturday until Wednesday, the festival’s flagship experience, Sky High Rosé, offers guests the chance to try local drops in a tasting guided by a Yarra Valley winemaker, all the while floating across the majestic wine region in a one-hour voyage operated by Global Ballooning.

Favour land-based drinking? The festival launch event will take place at Healesville Hotel this Saturday, with winemakers from some of the region’s most recognised producers pouring their rosé and skin-contact wines, including Oakridge, Zonzo, Medhurst Wines, De Bortoli and Giant Steps. 

With 14 events over nine days, there's a lot to take in at this year's festival. Why not do so from a great height? 

Rosé Evolution Yarra Valley festival runs from Sat 20 to Sun 28 November. For the full program and accommodation options, head to

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