16 things to do during Aussie Wine Month

Do you like wine? Do you like Australia?  Do you like eating the animals featured on Australia’s Coat of Arms? If the answer to all three questions is YES, then Aussie Wine Month, which is being held right throughout May, has a special event just for you.  These are our top 16 events.  For the full list, go to http://www.aussiewinemonth.com/

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2010 Torbreck The Laird Exclusive Launch – Sydney

If you ask us – this is THE tasting to attend during Aussie Wine Month.  Put on by Sydney’s Artisan Wine Storage, this will be the Australian launch of the highly acclaimed 2010 vintage.  The Laird is considered one of the most famous vineyards in the Barossa Valley and the wine it produces costs $700 a bottle.  The ‘baby brother’ to this wine, the 2010 Torbreck RunRig was awarded 100 points by the Wine Advocate and sold out very quickly. The 2010 Laird is expected to receive a similar level of recognition.  Torbreck’s 2012 and 2013 wines will also be tasted on the night.

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Aussie Coat of Arms Wine Dinner – Sydney

We all know the answer to the Trivial Pursuit question: Australia is the only country in the world that eats the animals on its Coat of Arms!  If you wanna find out what wine is a perfect match with emu, get yourself to the Australian Heritage Hotel in the Rocks!  And hop to it! Thursday, May 21, 2015

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The Tweed Ride – Rutherglen

Nothing says Aussie Wine better than cycling around Rutherglen dressed in tweed, half smashed!  This year you will experience a continental brunch, an indulgent French inspired lunch and a decadent afternoon of harvest fruits, cheeses and sweets matched to iconic muscats and fortified wines.  Saturday May 16.

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Taste 4 x 100 year old wines – Melbourne and Sydney

A world first tasting thanks to Seppeltsfield of the Barossa Valley. You will get to taste a collection of rare tawny vintages, each created during the years of the First World War.

The 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918 vintages of the renowned Seppeltsfield Centennial Collection Para Tawny will be carefully shipped to Melbourne and Sydney, giving guests the chance to taste a remarkable vertical of this fortified wine.  Melbourne Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Sydney Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Coldstream Hills Chardonnay Verticals

The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s top regions for Chardonnay production, and Coldstream Hills is one of the best.  Taste a range of current and back vintage Single Vineyard Chardonnay that explore the nuances of these stunning “Upper” and “Lower” Yarra Valley Vineyards.  Every Sunday in May

Fun with Mushrooms – Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula’s T’Gallant winery will host a mushroom lollapalooza (my word, not theirs!).  Riccardo Messora, head Chef will enlighten ramblers on how to identify the different varieties of mushrooms – palatable and poisonous – prevalent on the Mornington Peninsula. Delight in a grazing lunch comprising of mushroom soup, mushroom + gorgonzola wood-fired pizza paired perfectly with a glass of T’Gallant Pinot Noir.  Sunday 10, 17, 24 & 31 May

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Sausage and wine school – Victoria’s High Country

Do you feel like making 4kgs of Italian sausages and washing it all down with Miranda Wines? Of course you do!  Learn the art of traditional sausage making with a masterclass and lunch at Sam Miranda Wines’ Cellar Door.  As well as your take home sausages, you will score an apron, as well as enjoyable lunch or dinner of freshly prepared sausages with matched wines during the process.  Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Pfeiffer Wines finest reds in Riedel – Rutherglen

Join Pfeiffer Wines for an intimate tasting experience, showcasing some of Pfeiffer Wines finest reds in Riedel varietal specific glassware. Participants will learn how the shape of the glass adds to the sensory experience. Each participant will take home a set of 3 beautiful Riedel red wine glasses valued at $205.  Saturday 23rd May 2015

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Tasting at the Top – Cradle Mountain Tasmania

If you LOVE Tasmanian produce and wines as much as we do, get yourself to Tasmania during May.  Cradle Mountain Lodge will host a 2-day festival celebrating the very best Tasmanian produce.  Fri, May 15, 201512:00pm – Sun, May 17, 20154:00pmwine wankers cradle

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Wine and food flights – Margaret River

I truly believe Margaret River produces some of Australia’s best Cabernet.  At the top of the tree are the Art Series wines produced by Leeuwin Estate.  Enjoy a tutored wine and food flight featuring five current and museum vintages of Art Series Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons with perfect food pairings.  Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the month of May at 11:30 am.

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Coonawarra is a joke

Well, that got your attention!  4 of Australia’s hottest stand-up comedians are performing at Wynns for shits and giggles. Expect an hilarious night of Stand-up Comedy matched with Wynns’ reds and cheese platters.  Saturday, May 23, 2015

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The Grosset Wines cellar door is open (trust me – this is RARE!) – Clare Valley

These wines are so popular, the cellar door only opens for 2 months every year. Why – because the wines sell out so fast.  This weekend is extra special however.  For two days only, you’ll get a chance to taste the latest autumn release wines; 2013 Piccadilly Chardonnay, 2013 Pinot Noir and the 2012 Gaia. Plus taste through a vertical of three vintages of Gaia from the past decade. Winemaker Jeffrey Grosset will also be on hand to chat about the wines.  Sat, May 16 to Sun, May 17.

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How to cellar wines – Adelaide

If you live in Adelaide where housing is affordable, you probably have space for a cellar!  Us Sydney-siders, we can barely afford to eat due to property prices!  Adelaide people – take note of this important workshop. Wine educator, Jason Barrette will lead you through a series of vertical red and white wine tastings while discussing good cellaring practices.  Learn about the ageing process of wines and why some wines are better for cellaring than others. Minimum of 10 wines presented! This one night session will give you the basic skills for selecting wines to cellar and how to protect your valuable assets. Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aussie Wine Month – City Cellar Door – Sydney

If you live in Sydney and hate travelling to the country, then get yourself to Australia Square.  Wine Australia will be bringing iconic wines from across Australia to Sydney to launch Aussie Wine Month at its own City Cellar Door. This two day event will show you the quality, diversity and origins of Aussie wine.

Knock back a few in the wine garden, meet local winemakers and enjoy great local produce.   Wed, May 6, to Thu, May 7

Aussie Wine Month in North America

So many things to choose from; Chicago’s Wine Riot, to Speed Dating with Australia’s First Families of Wine.  Check out the link for the full list.wine wankers usa

WIN BIG on social media!

If you love Aussie Wine and would love to win 400 bucks of the good stuff, you’ll probably want to enter this social media competition.  Start instagramming kids!  Simply include #AussieWineMonth in your Instagram and Facebook posts (along with #winewankers of course) in order to be eligible.



  1. Come take me away to Australia! I could absolutely use a month-long vacation doing all of those things! They sound just wonderful! What could possibly be bad about drinking my way around the land down under?!


  2. Good stuff! I’d choose Leeuwin any day. Of course I’m biased having just had lunch at there last weekend (on the terrace on a bottler of a day)! Interesting that they don’t include their Chardonnay – the Art series chardy is arguably one of the world’s best and the prelude is quality at a value price point.

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      • Sure did – about 4 months ago. Vasse Felix is in my humble opinion the best restaurant in WA. In fact I would reckon it would be in the top 10 winery restaurants in Aus. Superb food and service and a terrace overlooking the vines and of course some excellent wines across all their brands.

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  3. First, I love the name!
    Second, I do like Australian wine, very much.
    I assume I also like Australia the country – never been but plan to make my there one day when I’m really into stupidly long flights.
    And I’d definitely like to learn more about cellaring – we have one that’s criminally underused and I feel guilty about it occasionally. There’s an Austrilia section and everything!

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