The Grampians Welcomes Spring With A Weekend Of Wine At ‘Seriously Shiraz’
bella - August 6th, 2018
The Seriously Shiraz festival returns to the Grampians this year on September 1 and 2 to celebrate the start of spring and Father’s Day weekend.
The highly anticipated annual event brings the Grampians to life with a range of events to celebrate the regions award winning Shiraz, including winemaker masterclasses, unique tasting experiences and live music.
Only two hours from Melbourne and one hour from Ballarat, the festival invites visitors to get out of town for the weekend and celebrate with dad whilst exploring the stunning Grampians wine region.
Celebrating their recent 5 red star ratings by James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019, local wineries including Best’s Great Western, Grampians Estate, Mount Langi Ghiran, Seppelt Great Western, Fallen Giants (formerly Halls Gap Estate) along with Mountainside Wines Norton Estate, Steel Cutters Cottage, Clarnette & Ludvigsen and the Pomonal Art Show, the festival will be putting the spotlight on the Grampians once more as one of Australia’s top wine regions.
“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 Father’s Day weekend with masterclasses, special dining events, tasting experiences, art and live music.” says Grampians Tourism CEO Marc Sleeman.
Wine lovers can learn what makes the Grampians one of the most historical and acclaimed wine regions in Australia with tastings from award-winning labels to latest vintages and the opportunity to ask producers about their winemaking experience in exclusive masterclasses.
“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 weekend – plus it’s a bye week for AFL footy!” said Marc Sleeman.
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 weekend.
For the full program of events and to purchase tickets: www.seriouslyshiraz.com.au
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.