Hot on the heels of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Wine Australia’s hosted international sommelier program, the spotlight on Australia’s dynamic food and wine scene will continue to shine in May with the launch of Aussie Wine Month.
Now in its sixth year, the month-long celebration will champion cutting-edge wines that are defining Australia right now in a national program including masterclasses, workshops and tastings taking place across major cities and regional towns.
“The most exciting thing about Australian wine is that it’s blossoming, there are so many things going on and so much new stuff I didn’t imagine would be here. It’s absolutely delicious and inspiring,” said sommelier Joo Lee from the newly-crowned world’s best restaurant Eleven Madison Park in New York. Lee was one of 50 leading wine professionals who took part in the dedicated sommelier program running in tandem with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in April, which strived to showcase the quality and verve of Australian wine.
This May, Australia will play host to hundreds of events throughout the country, with highlights including a collaborative lunch by Melbourne’s Guy Grossi and Yering Station's Maxime Croiset on 20 May, and “Fresh Wine Disco” in the Adelaide Hills on 6 May led by low-intervention winemaker Taras Ochota (Ochota Barrels). Chef and media personality Dan Hong will host “Up Close & Personal” at Mr. Wong on 13 May, giving guests a rare insight into his career over yum cha and wine pairings by The Little Wine Company in the Hunter Valley.
Aussie Wine Month will run nationwide from 1 – 31st May 2017. For event details check out www.aussiewinemonth.com.