The annual Cellarmasters’ Canberra Meet the Makers wine tasting event is taking place at QT in the city’s CBD on the evening of Friday 18 May, and wine lovers can sample up to 60 prized wines and meet their makers!
“This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers behind your favourite wines, and a unique chance to taste wines you might never have tried otherwise. Who knows, you might even find a couple of new favourites,” said Christine Rickets, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.
Celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri of Mildura Grand Hotel fame will be serving wines from his namesake trophy-winning alternative varieties range, which includes a Nero d’Avola, Fiano and Shiraz Sangiovese.
“Italian varieties have become popular because wine drinkers are looking for diversity, and there is a high demand for textural whites and light-bodied reds, which happens to be a fitting description for many Italian varieties,” he explained.
In 2001, Stefano co-founded the first Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in Mildura. Only 27 wines were submitted in 2001. Last year, over 800 wines competed for the coveted wine awards – a testament to the increase in popularity of alternative varieties.
“I’m looking forward to meeting Canberra customers and getting their feedback on my wine range, and I’m more than happy to help them pronounce the more unusual wine varieties,” he laughed.
Some of the wine makers at the Canberra Meet the Makers event include: Nick Badrice, Krondorf, Barossa Valley, Ian and Wendy Roberts, Riversdale Estate, Tasmania and Gwyn Olsen, BriarRidge and Pepper Tree Wines, Hunter Valley
What you need to know:
Event: Cellarmasters Meet the Makers, Annual Wine Tasting Event – Canberra
Where: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT 2601
Date: Friday May 18
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $40 + booking fee (includes a glass of sparkling on arrival, cheese and canapés, and tastings of over 60 different wines)
For tickets and more information, head to https://www.cellarmasters.com.au/events