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

From 1 – 31st May 2017, the spotlight on Australia's legendary food and wine scene will continue to shine with 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 sixth 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.

This May, Aussie Wine Month events are taking place across major cities and regional towns, 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.

10 Incredible Ways to Celebrate Australia's Wonderful Wines 

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. 

Below 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. Abbey Vale Winemaker Dinner – May 11

If you want to treat yourself to a night of wining and dining, make sure to book and drive your car hire in Sydney and join Abbey Vale Winemaker Dinner, located at  Steel Bar & Grill, 60 Carrington Street in Sydney. Founded in 1985, family-owned Abbey Vale vineyard, is truly one of the jewels of the Margaret River region that is not to be missed this month.

2. Up Close & Personal with Dan Hong – May 13 

Get inspired by one of Australia's most outstanding young chefs,  at his award-winning restaurant, Mr Wong located at 3 Bridge St, in Sydney. Meet Hong over a memorable lunch with premium wines, as he shares real stories of the highs and lows, successes and failures, as well as the exciting moments through his remarkable career. 

3. Taste of Manly – May 27 and 28

Set in the heart of Manly, along The Corso and the fantastic surrounds of Manly's famous beach front, enjoy the taste of Manly and its ever-evolving food scene. Major highlights of the festival include pop-up restaurants, wine and beer stalls, live music, a sustainability hub and many other interactive attractions. Manly is only 11 miles away from Sydney via rental car.

Victoria

1. De Bortoli Wines Reserved Weekends  May 13

vineyards at sunset

Now in its 30th year in the Yarra Valley, make sure you visit De Bortoli Yarra Valley Cellar Door on the weekends: 13th-14th, 20th-21st & 27th-28th of May to taste a selection of their Reserve Release wines from past and present vintages. Travel time from Yarra Valley to Melbourne is  approximately one hour via car hire. 

2. Giant Steps Wine Dinner – May 31

Now is the perfect time to experience one of Victoria's elite winemakers for a dinner at L'Hotel Gitan, located at 32 Commercial Road, in Prahran, to be curated by the award-winning Jacques Reymond. Set in the intimate surrounds of Alfie's Bar, this evening meal which highlights wines from both the 2015 and 2016 vintages, across the Yarra Valley and single vineyard range, is truly an exceptional occasion to savour exquisite wines.

South Australia

1. Cellar Door Sunday –May 28

If you don't have plans for the weekend yet, drive your way to Ngeringa Vineyard to taste your way at cellar door for the day, where you will need to fire up the wood oven to savour the traditional Tuscan pizzas with a seasonal dish and a dessert from the orchard. Try and bring your family to experience this super-relaxed day in the courtyard.

2. Langhorne Creek Wine Show Tasting –May 28

Do you want to sample from a collection of more than 190 different Langhorne Creek wines in the stunning atmosphere of the town's Memorial Hall, as well as speak and meet with the producers? If yes, drive your way to Langhorne Creek Wine show located on the orner of Meechi and Bridge roads, 119 Williams Road Mount Barker. Entry is  only S20, which comes with unlimited tastings from your beautiful Spiegelau wine glass.

3. Meet The Masters – May 31

choosing a bottle of wine

On May 31st, join with Riverland Wine and Philip Reedman MW at Jolleys Boat House Restaurant for a hosted Riverland Wine informal masterclass highlighting wines from four of the Riverland Wine Show Winemaker of the Year awardees.Learn from them as they discuss about their wines and the winemaking magic of the Riverland region.  f you are planning to explore South Australia after, make sure to book a hire car in Adelaide with VroomVroomVroom.

Western Australia

1. Express Wine Makers Tasting at Mayfair Lane – May 23 

To be hosted by Alain H Lee, come experience and learn about some of the impressive varieties and combination of grapes that go into these lovely wines at 72 Outram Street, in West Perth.

2. Perth Abbey Vale Winemaker Dinner - May 25

Because you deserve a treat, come visit Must Winebar, located at 519 Beaufort St, Highgate in Perth, and have an exclusive sit-down dinner to presented by award winning Wine Maker – Julian Langworthy. 

Discover more what Aussie Wine Month events are coming up near you by visiting www.aussiewinemonth.com. 

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