Wine-soaked events you can't miss

Published on March 14 2019.

Photo: Regional World's Longest Lunch Mansfield

While there’s no shortage of great wines in Victoria (or places to drink them), these events will take you to unusual locations, look at winemaking and tasting from all angles or get you up close with the people who make the industry what it is. You’ll even get to make some wine yourself! Raise a glass to these wine events – and snap up some tickets quick-smart.

On this weekend:

Great Western’s Underground Lunch

Did you know Seppelt’s cellar door in the Grampians is home to the largest underground cellars in the Southern Hemisphere? Soon you will. Dine in the heritage-listed cellars, known as The Drives, this Saturday and try drops by Seppelt, as you marvel at the handiwork of gold rush miners and others who worked on the cellars for more than 60 years.

Taste of the Great Ocean Road

Taste wines and food from the Great Ocean Road region in a beautiful bluestone building at Provenance Wines, located on the Barwon River. The vineyard is in the midst of the 2019 vintage, so guests will get a glimpse into the winemaking process and get to try barrel samples. Cheese from the region and cured meats will round things out.

Pick Your Own Prosecco

Play winemaker for a day in the King Valley. Pioneering Australian prosecco winery, Dal Zotto, invites you to get amongst the vines and hand-pick grapes for prosecco before morning tea among the vines. Later you’ll enjoy an Italian feast at the winery trattoria before going home with a half-dozen bottles of the latest vintage of col fondo prosecco.

Regional World’s Longest Lunch Mansfield

Get ready for high times in the High Country, with a long lunch at Delatite Winery. Skip work on Friday and spend the day at one of Australia's best family-owned wineries, enjoying a four-course lunch using produce from the region plus matched Delatite wines. Because lunch with Mount Buller as the backdrop is never a bad idea.

On next week:

Secrets of Cellaring Workshop

If you’ve got a burning desire to start building your wine cellar, don’t miss this workshop. Learn the five secrets of cellaring while tasting a series of wine flights that contrast current releases with their aged counterparts. On show will be drops from Mac Forbes Wines and Wild Duck Creek Estate. Sommeliers and others who work in the wine industry will guide you through the tasting, with tips on the cellaring qualities of different varieties. Plus you go home with two Gabriel Glas wine glasses.

The Grape Authorities

Catch Jamsheed’s Gary Mills and Syrahmi’s Adam Foster at Carlton Wine Room for a dinner that gets you a little closer to the winemakers and what makes them tick. Yeah, yeah, we know: you’ve been to dozens of winemaker dinners. Why would this one be any different? It’s different because we’ve banned the winemakers from serving any of their own wines on the night. If you want to try a whole new swag of tasty drops and get a window into the palates of two respected winemakers, don’t miss this.

Grange Shiraz Challenge

In an unparalleled shiraz-fest, Armadale Cellars pits Penfolds Grange against 11 other premium shiraz from Australia and beyond. From cool climate to warm climate, Yarra Valley to Heathcote, Mornington Peninsula to the Barossa Valley, this Shiraz Challenge will cover the full gamut of styles. How do the contenders measure up to the icon? It’s up to you.

Demystifying Winemaking with Noisy Ritual

Become part of urban winery Noisy Ritual’s proud tradition of people-powered winemaking by taking part in this (very) interactive workshop. The session includes a hands-on winemaking experience, grape stomping and pressing followed by a wine-tasting flight and Italian snacks by Saluministi. It promises fun and education in spades.

Barrels and Prosciutto

The pioneering Italian spirit that put King Valley on the map for food and wine will be on full display at Collingwood’s Project Forty Nine, as Pizzini set up a temporary barrel room for one weekend. Chat with members of the Pizzini family over a plate of salumi and taste a selection of their Italian wines straight from the barrel, along with others that have been ageing in the bottle. Why not start in the barrel room, then move on to Project Forty Nine for lunch?

Find more wine-heavy events during the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.