The ultimate event for Victorian Vino lovers is fast approaching this September.
Here at Trading Plates, we love a little tipple of the grape juice now and then. With days getting longer and warm weather fast approaching, now is a good time to put in the groundwork and do some research on what to drink over the summer silly season.
If you’re a vino lover like us, you will want to check out the VIC100 Festival of Wine this September 17 at The Atrium in Federation Square. Considered the greatest celebration of Victoria’s world-class wines, VIC100 will host tastings of the state’s top 100 wines of the year, as chosen by a panel of Victorian wine experts leading the industry.
Victoria’s wine production is known for its high standard, whether you’re sipping on a Chardonnay from the cooler climates of the Yarra Valley, or a rich Shiraz from Heathcote’s mild environment, you’re guaranteed that a distinct amount of quality and passion for product has gone into your glass.
Festival Director, Angie Bradbury said VIC100 Festival of Wine is an opportunity for the every day wine lover to learn more about wine in a fun and relaxed environment, while celebrating our outstanding state’s breed of winemakers.
“Held in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, ticketholders won’t have to travel far to taste and explore the best of Victoria’s wine regions – from Heathcote to the King Valley, Rutherglen to the Yarra Valley, and Mornington Peninsula to the Pyrenees,” Bradbury said.
While the wine is the main event for the festival, there will also be a big focus on local produce too, with food stalls on site serving Yarra Valley Dairy and Ladro foods.
And in the event of an emergency where you grow tired of wine (never gonna happen) there are also tasting stations from local favourites Mountain Goat beer and Capi beverages. There will also be a series of free master classes for attendees throughout the day.
Announced in mid August, the VIC100 top wines of 2016 were voted in by an esteemed group of judges; led by Wine Expert and Award-Winning Writer, Nick Stock, the panel also included Crown’s General Manager of Beverage, Chris Crawford; Domaine Chandon Senior Winemake, Dan Buckle; Mac Forbes Sales and Brand Manager, Lisa Jenkins; Medhurst Wines Winemaker, Simon Steele; De Bortoli Yarra Valley Winemaker, Steve Webber amd Vignerons Schmolzer and Brown Winemaker, Tessa Brown.
With a list like that, it’s safe to say your taste tests are in more than capable hands.
There will also be announcements on Friday 16 September at the Graphix Labels and Packaging VIC100 Wine Awards Ceremony, where a list of regional winners and the VIC ONE award – the best of the best for 2016, will be announced.
Tickets for the VIC100 Festival of Wine are $48, which includes wine tasting, a tasting glass from Riedel Glassware, and a printed event guide detailing the 100 top Victorian wines of the year.
To view this years top 100 Victorian wines, and for further details on the event, visit VIC100.com.au