Grampians Getting Serious About Shiraz
bella - September 15th, 2017
From 3 to 7 November 2017 the Grampians Wine Region will be celebrating award-winning Shiraz at stunning venues across some of the best wineries in Australia.
The annual Seriously Shiraz festival invites guests to taste their way around the Grampians with more than 20 events over 5 days. The perfect excuse, if you ever needed one, to get together with friends and family and have a seriously great time in the Grampians.
“The event is more than just another wine festival – it’s a great way to explore the stunning Grampians, discover hidden gems and have a fun-filled long weekend” says Grampians Tourism CEO Marc Sleeman.
“This is an exciting selection of wineries and winemakers from the Grampians region who are serious about producing quality wines of every style. There is something for everyone to enjoy this Melbourne Cup weekend with masterclasses, unique tasting experiences, special dining events and live music.”
Celebrating 5 star James Halliday rated wines with names such as Best’s Great Western, Montara Wines, Grampians Estate, Mount Langi Ghiran, Seppelt Great Western and Halls Gap Estate all involved, as along with favourites Mountainside Wines, Barangaroo Boutique Wines, Sub Rosa, The Story Wines, One Tonne Wine Co and Steel Cutters Cottage the 2017 Seriously Shiraz Festival is shaping up to the best yet.
Wine lovers will relish in tastings as the wineries will be showcasing everything from award-winning labels to latest vintages. With the opportunity to ask the producers about their winemaking experience in exclusive masterclasses they can learn what makes the Grampians one of the most historical and acclaimed wine regions in Australia.
Hosting some of the best local provedores and producers as well as wines to suit everyone’s taste, this festival will make for the ultimate city escape.
Festival goers can indulge in live music performed by musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a grand degustation, a garden party with Croquet and Rose, flights over the vines and open-air music in the vineyards across various locations in the Grampians.
Less than two hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD, head to Victoria’s richest and most distinctive wine district for the 2017 Seriously Shiraz Festival and enjoy award-winning wines and some of the Grampians finest food and produce, for a truly memorable experience.
Tickets to each event are sold separately, with free entry on offer for select events.
For further information on the festival and to purchase tickets:
About the region:
The Grampians wine region is one of Australia’s most historical and acclaimed wine regions with wineries based around Great Western, Ararat, Buangor, Lower Norton and Halls Gap.
Waiting to be explored are dozens of historic and boutique wineries across the famous wine-making region, which has a long and rich history for producing dense, purple and peppery Shiraz.
The first vines were planted in 1859 on the Concongella Creek, followed closely by plantings in Great Western. By the 1880s the region was famous for its sparkling wines, but it was soon realised that the cool climate viticulture, influenced by the Grampians mountain range, could also produce wines of intense varietal definition.
Today, some of Australia’s most distinguished wine producers are active in the Grampians, experimenting with techniques and pushing boundaries.
All Grampians wines are renowned for their ageability. Shiraz is the region’s signature variety, typically displaying dense purple colour with attractive pepper spice and plum characters on the nose and palate.
Sparkling Shiraz is synonymous with Great Western, the style having been pioneered there in the 1890s. Several wineries across the region now produce wonderful highly acclaimed vintages of sparkling shiraz, making it a specialty of this part of Australia.
The region also produces crisp, delicious Riesling and flavoursome Chardonnay, alongside its famous sparkling wines produced in the traditional French styles. Pinot Gris, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir are also in abundance and showcase the region’s diversity of wine style.