Spring Festival brings wine into our Fine Vines | Augusta-Margaret River Courier
Wine lovers rejoice – a new festival honoring the Margaret River wine region has been announced for spring.
The Fête des Fines Vignes will run from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 24 and will celebrate the people, passion and places of the local wine industry in a series of more than 35 events.
The festival will allow visitors to get up close and personal with the region’s producers, wineries and places, including exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of wineries that are not usually open to the public, wine tastings such as the Vasse Felix Heytesbury dinner Chardonnay and Leeuwin Estate Art Series Lunch, conversation sessions with sommeliers and key wine producers, and museum and vertical tastings of some of the region’s most iconic wines.
AHOY Management Festival Director Erin Molloy said Fine Vines is a unique offering of events dedicated to showcasing the quality and depth of the Margaret River wine region.
“For aficionados and occasional drinkers, the festival invites people to experience new aspects of our wine region through tastings and tours, masterclasses, dinners and exclusive museum wines,” Ms. Molloy said.
Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda White said the region’s wineries come to life in October.
“Margaret River is without a doubt one of the greatest wine regions in the world, and the idea behind the Fine Vines Festival was to celebrate this special time of year in the vineyards and the world-class wines produced here across a series of unique wine experiences, ”she said.
“October is such a special time of year to visit the Margaret River wine country. It is Kambarang, or the second spring of Noongar’s six-season calendar, where wildflowers abound. It is also the time when we expect to see a lot of new wines. “
The full program and tickets will go on sale at the end of June.
Key events include:
Icon Chardonnay Dinner at Vasse Felix – Join Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock on an exploration of the power, concentration of flavor and fresh acidity that define Margaret River’s great Chardonnay, with a focus on the cult icon, Heytesbury Chardonnay. Over a six-course menu, learn about the nuances of the site’s selection and winemaking techniques that create the subtle, distinctive wild characters that distinguish the Vasse Felix style. Featuring a wine-focused menu paired with selections from the Vasse Felix Chardonnay collection, including museum vintages of Heytesbury Chardonnay.
The art of good wine at Domaine Leeuwin – Discover the story behind Leeuwin Estate’s famous Art Series Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz during a two-hour masterclass led by winemakers against the backdrop of the Leeuwin Art Gallery. Discover the renowned aging value of wines through 15 tastings from the current art series and in museums, connecting the emotion of wine expression to the contemporary Australian works of art that adorn both labels and the walls of the gallery. A three-course lunch is matched by the accompaniment of the wines of the Art series leaving the museum after the masterclass.
Pet Nat Party at Bungalow Social – Dunsborough’s Social Bungalow abandons its back patio to celebrate the Margaret River Sparkling Natural region, giving the oldest of frothy winemaking methods a contemporary reboot. Some of the area’s favorite Pet Nats will be served with a selection of fried chicken snacks ranging from tacos to wings. Relax with friends and raise your free glass of Pet Nat to the beat of the DJ.
Praise of the pink at Flametree – Rosé from the Margaret River region is the star of the Flametree Cellar Collaborative Tasting Event. This increasingly popular style of wine is honored in a tribute to rosé where fine wines meet floral fashion at Flametree. Don your prettiest spring ensemble and don the ‘pink’ rug to celebrate the sparkling, dry and sweet rosé styles of Margaret River vineyards. Discover rosé from local winemakers in a stylish setting with live music at an event that pays homage to this elegant and young grape.
Sparkling Sunset at Howard Park Wines – Oysters, sparkling wine and the golden glow of the last light. The romance of sparkling wine is expressed at Howard Park Wines on this International Champagne Day. Guests will enjoy a glass of Petit Jeté upon arrival and a world-class winemaking experience that allows evening attendees to choose their own class of bubbles – including French Champagne from the Burch Family Wines arm from the cellar. A taste of elegance and the Traditional Method in the heart of the Margaret River region.
Around the world in a wineglass in Rustico, Hayshed Hill –A world experience beyond the Southwest Wine Country means an evening of World Series wines from winemaker Michael Kerrigan paired with a six-course meal by Rustico at Hay Shed Hill. A transformative taste to fuel an unrequited desire to travel. Jessie Gordon, the jazz supremo of Western Australia, will set the tone for a dinner designed to transport you far and wide.
Wine on the water with Clairault Striecker – Board a 20-meter catamaran from the Quindalup boat launch and join Clairault Streicker’s team on a sunset cruise in search of whales as they begin their fishing season. migration along the naturalistic ridge of Cape Leeuwin. Canapes adapted to the seas will be served alongside Clairault wines during a commented tasting. A definitive experience of the Margaret River region that showcases the rugged beauty of a landscape producing some of the best wines in the world.
Syrahcentric at Domaine Naturaliste – Syrah and Shiraz lovers can delve deep into the similarities and differences between these two styles of wines with award-winning winemaker Bruce Dukes at Domaine Naturaliste. Take a taste tour of South Australia’s Rhone Valley and return to Margaret River via six wines showcasing classic examples of both styles, accompanied by a selection of charcuterie.
Spring Garden Party at Voyager Estate -Explore Traveling Beyond the Dining Room with a progressive food and wine tasting at four stops in the estate’s famous Cape Dutch-style gardens. The new version of Project Pet Nat will combine with crowd favorites, sparkling chenin blanc and the estate’s acclaimed styles of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, paired with chef Santiago’s beautifully executed bites. Learn from the on-site chefs and winemakers, and end the afternoon outdoors with DJ sets and a brown bun or gourmet hot dog from the grill.