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Just as the New Year begins and there are still gaps in your yearly planner, it would be prudent to plan ahead to make the most of the beverage festivals and events coming your way. From across the country, the number of tastings, festivals and celebrations only gets bigger, more interesting and inviting. So get out your marker and start blocking out your weekends! Let’s look at what 2016 holds on the beverage front.
South Australia - Crushing Festival
The first cab off the rank is the Adelaide Hills Crush Festival. From January 22-24, indulge in all that the Hills have to offer as over 40 wineries gather to excite and entice your taste buds.
Tasmania - Festivale
If you’re in the Apple Isle, Festivale is a three day celebration of all that Tasmania does best, highlighting wine, beer, cider, and the arts. It begins on February 12.
Victoria - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
For Melbourne wine lovers, in March, make sure you get involved in the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival master class series. The Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience is held over two days, featuring wine and presenters from around the world. On March 5 join international guest Walter Speller and local wine identities as they discuss whether Australia is the new Italy. On the 6 take a lesson in Cabernet as they look at this iconic grape from Bordeaux to the Yarra Valley. There are a host of other wine events included in the program, for the wine beginner to the wine buff.
Victoria – Good Beer Week
If you need a beer by now, fear not: Good Beer Week will chase away those fruity notes and chewy tannins with the greatest beer festival in the southern hemisphere. From May 14-22 explore the ever-expanding and boundary pushing world of beer with local heroes and international brewers.
Queensland Wine Week
While famous for its beaches and tropical fruits, the Queensland Wine Association celebrates Queensland Wine Week in late May and June. Possibly the country’s most undiscovered wine region, the Granite Belt and Mount Burnett are fast becoming the hidden jewels in the north. From sweet Sylvaner to dry and robust Cabernet, Queensland is on the way to a delicious vinous future.
Victoria - Rutherglen Winery Walkabout
As the Queen’s birthday weekend descends, the only place to be is Rutherglen for the Winery Walkabout. On June 11-12, taste your way through Victoria’s most unique wine region, the home of the glorious fortified wines, new international grape varieties and old favourites like Durif, perfect for a drink in front of an open fire.
New South Wales - Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month
If you need to be wined and dined for more than a weekend, then perhaps the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is more your style. In June this year, the Hunter showcases its best and brightest, and you get to taste as much as you can fit in. With Semillon the flag-bearer for the entire region, making a style of wine as long-lived as it is unique, the entire gamut of grapes are on display in this most historic Australian wine region.
New South Wales – Orange Wine Festival
If you want to taste wine from one of Australia’s most elevated wine regions, then the Orange Wine Festival will take you to the zenith of high altitude viniculture. Orange is easily one of the most interesting emerging wine regions in the country. Visit from October 14-30.
Western Australia – Margaret River Gourmet Escape
As the end of 2016 rolls around, make sure you have your tickets for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape booked. From 18-20 November, explore the natural beauty of Margaret River alongside some of the greatest food and wine the country has to offer.
New South Wales – Rootstock Sydney
If you want to delve into the world of the natural and orange-coloured wines, then Rootstock Sydney is a must on your calendar. At the end of November, Rootstock Sydney is one of the largest natural wine fairs in the world, and brings the best and brightest (and at times challenging) wines to your glass.
This is but a glimpse of the offerings the world of wine and food has to offer this year, so book in and get exploring the extensive list of events across the country.