A vine romance: reserve your place for a wine event at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

There’s plenty to keep wine aficionados satisfied in this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, on from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 March.

Red, white or perhaps a few bubbles? No matter what your preference, you’ll find a wine class to suit at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Why not take part in a blind tasting that pits Penfolds Grange against an international Shiraz or enjoy a Rutherglen Durif masterclass? Or how about getting the lowdown on King Valley wines by sampling Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese before indulging in a Reidel tasting with tapas to see how the size and shape of a wine glass changes the perception of aroma and flavour? And that’s just for starters!

“Wineries, bars and restaurants submit their own events alongside festival-owned events,” explains Festival Executive Director, Jane Brook. “This ensures a real diversity, whether it’s a vertical tasting of High Country fortifieds or an exploration of King Valley’s Prosecco Road.”

“We love unearthing the personalities and stories behind the labels, giving people an opportunity to meet producers face-to- face and celebrate the provenance behind the wines. Over the past few years, we’ve been working especially hard on ensuring there’s a place for wines from both small and large wineries,” Jane says.

Fast facts

Victoria’s wine industry – spanning some 750 wineries, 500 cellar doors and over 1100 grape growers – directly brings in $7.6 billion to the state economy and creates 13,000 jobs.

Read more about the Victorian Government’s Wine Growth Fund.