The Margaret River wine region is brimming with winemakers, wine educators and sommeliers just waiting to pour their wealth of knowledge into your glass this Fine Vines Festival. Whether you’re just starting your journey or are looking to take your understanding of this world-class region to the next level, there’s an event to suit your level.
Behind the Bubble
Have you ever found yourself wondering how they put the sparkle in sparkling wine? This Spring, craft your own bubbles with acclaimed Howard Park winemaker and sparkling wine specialist, Nic Bowen. Follow the process from barrel to bottle with a winery tour exploring the ins and outs of tirage, disgorging and dosage. Put your skills to the test by creating the perfect sparkling wine.
Join author of The Australian Ark, Andrew Caillard MW, for a fireside In Conversation chat with co-publisher Angus Hughson at Voyager Estate. Scheduled for release in November, The Australian Ark is an epic three-volume tome that tells the story of Australia’s wine history from 1788 to the modern era. Upon arrival, enjoy a selection of Voyager Estate wines and canapés to savour as the conversation begins to flow. A special event for those wanting to deepen their Australian wine knowledge as well as the Margaret River context.
Uncover your next favourite drop, with the help of a Somm to decode the wine speak. This is the insider’s insider tour: a five-hour, sommelier-hosted vineyard trek with one of WA’s most respected sommeliers and wine educators, Foni Pollitt. Criss cross the region visiting Windows Estate, Swings & Roundabouts, Marri Wood and Marq Wines with informed commentary from Foni about the wines you’re tasting and the region. Grazing platters await you at Windows Estate with lunch following at Swings & Roundabouts to top off your afternoon.
What is malo? How does oak influence Chardonnay? And why is Margaret River’s climate so perfect for growing Chardonnay? Learn how to properly taste this iconic Margaret River style in a masterclass with local winemaker and wine educator, Charlotte Newton. Discover the nuances that contribute to the versatility of this flagship white grape, tasting six Margaret River Chardonnays while undertaking a blending exercise using barrel samples, all under Charlotte’s guidance. The best blend takes home a bottle of Charlotte’s own label, ChaCha Chardonnay.
No cellar door normally means no visitation. But for one weekend, Fine Vines Festival has your exclusive invitation to get behind the gate and go between the vines to meet the makers at wineries and vineyards generally not open to the public. Meet the makers behind some of your favourite Margaret River Region wines and get to understand their own wine making process, right where the magic happens. Buy bottles and get the inside scoop from your favourite small batch producers. Participating wineries include Burnside Organic, Jilyara, Frazer Woods, Cloudburst, Trait Wines and more.
Fine Vines Festival takes place on Wadandi Boodja. Festival management acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and play, and ask you to tread lightly and with respect when you’re enjoying Fine Vine’s events.