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Raise Your Glass and Join in the Celebration of Aussie Wine Month This May

12 Delightful Ways to Celebrate Australia's Wonderful Wines 

This May marks the return of Aussie Wine Month, the country's largest annual celebration of Australian wine.

Ranked as the world's seventh largest wine producer and fourth biggest wine exporter, Australia hosts the annual Aussie Wine Month for the fifth successive year. Organized by Wine Australia, this month-long celebration encourages wine lovers to celebrate the exceptional quality and diversity of the wonderful wines made in their own backyard.

Aussie Wine Month events will happen around the country, making it a delightful time to plan a wine weekend getaway, try a new wine style or explore the wines of some of Australia's lesser known wine regions. With 65 Australian wine regions to select from, there's a great deal for the wine drinkers waiting to be discovered.

There are so many events for the whole family to enjoy Aussie Wine Month happening across Australia. If you are planning to visit to Australia in the next few weeks to join in the fun and 'raise your glass', make sure to organize and book a car hire with VroomVroomVroom so you can hit the open road anytime, anywhere.

Here are some major and not to be missed wine events including tastings, dinners, winery walks and regional festivals to celebrate Australian wine.

group of friends enjoying drinks in bar

New South Wales

1. The 2016 Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair – May 7

Held in the high street of picturesque Denman in the Upper Hunter Valley. With more than 5,000 people expected to attend, take part for a fun-filled day for all the family including wine and food tasting, a vast array of kid's activities and live entertainment. 

2. Taste and Learn with Martins Hill Wines – May 7 and 21 May (Mudgee Farmers Market) and May 1415 (Pyrmont Festival)

Meet the winemakers behind this organic and vegan friendly winery from Mudgee and learn more about their wines and winemaking ethos. Martins Hill Wines will host a stall at the Mudgee Farmers Market and the Pyrmont Festival. 

3. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

Just 90 minutes drive north from Sydney, Hunter Valley has become one of the favourite tourist destinations and a favorite weekend getaway in Australia. Back and bigger than ever, the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival returns with many of our crowd-favourite events along with some exciting new additions. The festival showcases the Hunter region's sophisticated wine and food culture with more than 70 epicurean events and activities including wine and food trails, vertical tastings, winery tours and cooking classes during May and June, so you're sure to find something to suit your palate. 

Not to be missed also is the much-anticipated event featuring the success stories of four of Australia's leading winemakers: Samantha Connew of Stargazer Wines, Corrina Wright of Oliver's Taranga Vineyards and Australian Women in Wine Awards, Gwyn Olsen of Briar Ridge Wines and Sue Bell of Bellweather Wine for a four course menu prepared by ARIA Sydney on May 4, 2016. Make sure to plan a visit to Sydney with a reliable car hire and join in for the a celebration of these fabulous women.

choosing a bottle of wine

Victoria

1. Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival – May 7

This is the ultimate pop-up cellar door where you can taste the flavours of the region from local wineries and regional food producers. Enjoy meticulously-crafted wines from local winegrowers, delectable regional produce and live music in the historic garden setting of Rosalind Park. Bring a picnic rug and celebrate Aussie Wine Month the heart of Bendigo

2. Sunraysia Cellar Door – Throughout May 

Taste the wines of all 22 wine producers in the Murray-Darling wine region under the one roof in the heart of Mildura, which takes an approximately six to eight hours drive from Melbourne. There will be more than 250 wines available to taste every day throughout Aussie Wine Month. 

South Australia

drinking red wine

1. Coastal Foraging Experience – May 6–8 

Staying in beachside accommodation in Robe, experience a weekend of epicurean adventure and indulgence with Rymill Coonawarra. The weekend will include foraging along Robe's rugged coastline, helping to prepare your own three course lunch using the produce you've found and having a private winery tour and tasting at Rymill Coonawarra. 

2. Pizza e Local Heroes – Every Friday throughout May

Every Friday during Aussie Wine Month, Aldinga's Fall From Grace wine bar will showcase local boutique wine producers and alternative varieties between 6–9pm matched to delicious wood-fired pizza. 


3. Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 13–16

The Clare Valley is home to Australia's original 'Gourmet Weekend' festival. Meet winemakers and learn first-hand what makes our wines and region so special. With more than 25 wineries participating enjoy some of Australia's finest wines matched with regionally inspired cuisine against a backdrop of live music and the beautiful wine country landscape. 

Western Australia

1. Ultimate Cabernet Experience – May 14 and 15 

Voyager Estate will celebrate this classic grape variety with a weekend of masterclasses, vineyard tours, barrel tastings and a six-course lunch matched with rare back vintages and limited release wines. 

vineyards at sunset

Queensland

1. Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean – May 1 

Opera in the Vineyard is a charity event held on the first weekend in May each year in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines. The event is one of South East Queensland's premier cultural events, and the jewel of the Granite Belt's social calendar attracting up to 1,800 people each year and providing a night of music, wine, food and fun. 

2. Grazing the Granite Belt – May 21– 22 

A wine and food event in the heart of Queensland's premier wine region, the Granite Belt. Lazily graze your way through cellar doors tasting our amazing wines and sampling regional foods prepared by our talented local chefs and cooks. 

3. Moffatdale Ridge Tuscan Feast – May 22

Moffatdale Ridge's winemaker will host you for a guided tasting of their estate grown wines. This will be followed by a Mediterranean feast matched to some of Queensland's finest wines accompanied by live entertainment. 

Discover more what Aussie Wine Month events are coming up near you by visiting www.aussiewinemonth.com. If you have any queries or want to register your interest in creating an event for Aussie Wine Month 2016, you may contact Sarah Roberts at sarah.roberts@wineaustralia.com or phone 02 9361 1721.

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