Canberra Meet the Makers annual wine tasting event

Australia is known for its winemakers and they are coming to Canberra! Cellarmasters have asked me to share information on their upcoming event, and I am more than happy to publish this for all the wine lovers out there.

Clear your palate, because 20 of Australia’s best names in wine including Gwyneth Olsen, Nick Badrice and Stefano de Pieri are coming to Canberra in May to serve up a wide range of award-winning wines.

The annual Cellarmasters’ Canberra Meet the Makers wine tasting event is taking place at QT in the city on the evening of Friday 18 May, and wine lovers can sample up to 60 prized wines and meet their makers.

Celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri of Mildura Grand Hotel fame will be serving wines from his namesake trophy-winning alternative varieties range, which includes a Nero d’Avola, Fiano and Shiraz Sangiovese.

“Italian varieties have become popular because wine drinkers are looking for diversity, and there is a high demand for textural whites and light-bodied reds, which happens to be a fitting description for many Italian varieties,” he explained.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Canberra customers and getting their feedback on my wine range, and I’m more than happy to help them pronounce the more unusual wine varieties,” he laughed.

Some of the wine makers at the Canberra Meet the Makers event include:

Nick Badrice, Krondorf, Barossa Valley

Nick started his career as a cellar hand at the tender age of 17, receiving a valuable head start in the competitive wine industry. Today he is the Head Winemaker for Krondorf, based in the Barossa, and his renowned Krondorf Symmetry Barossa Shiraz has been awarded several gold gongs, including the Syrah du Monde (competition for best Shiraz in the world) and the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.

Ian and Wendy Roberts, Riversdale Estate, Tasmania

Since 2009, different vintages of the Riversdale Estate Grown Crater Chardonnay have amassed more than 40 awards and medals locally and internationally, including 9 trophies – it is the most award-winning Chardonnay in Tasmanian history. The secret to the Riversdale range’s success is the location. Situated in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley, Riversdale Estate is in a very special micro-climate; it is the only vineyard in the valley with water frontage, and it receives less rain than surrounding areas.

Gwyn Olsen, BriarRidge and Pepper Tree Wines, Hunter Valley

Gwyn Olsen received the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Young Winemaker Medal in 2014, and was recently named one of Australian wine industry’s ‘Future Leaders’ by Wine Australia. In late 2015, Gwyn became the Head Winemaker for the well-known BriarRidge and Peppertree Wines based in the Hunter Valley.

  • Event: Cellarmasters Meet the Makers
  • Where: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • Date: Friday, 18 May 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $40 + booking fee (includes a glass of sparkling on arrival, cheese and canapés, and tastings of over 60 different wines)

For tickets and more information, visit the Cellarmasters website


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