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Pinot Affair Bringing the Flare

Pinot Affair Bringing the Flare

As the cool weather approaches, there’s something warming about having a nice glass of Pinot Noir in front of a fireplace, with good company and good tunes.

Lucky for people with similar interests, we have a whole weekend dedicated to showcasing the world-class, cool-climate Pinot Noir of the Bellarine, Surf Coast, and Moorabool Valley of Geelong.

Held on over two days, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2022 (with one event on Friday 20 May), Pinot Affair is being hosted across 14 wineries with over 17 events.

So, whether you’re into master classes, meeting the winemakers or sipping on a Pinot while enjoying some Pasta, there’s something for every Pinot lover this May. 

Lethbridge Wine’s Terra Noir Dinner @ Alma

Seven Terroirs, One Vintage, One Ethos. This dinner is going to be a celebration of Pinot Noir, the union of vintage, varietal, climate, and soil. It will showcase the winemaking ethos developed through 25 years of study and experience, culminating with a grand experiment in Victorian terroir.

Hosted on Friday 20th May in partnership with Archive Wine Bar & ALMA Restaurant in Geelong, this is one not to miss.

Tickets are $170 and include a 4-course Degustation Dinner and 11 wines.

Bookings here

  

Pinot Piazza @ Austin’s Wines

Austin’s Wines will convert to a Pinot Piazza for a weekend of pinot noir and all things pasta.

Enjoy a delicious menu with things like gnocchi with pinot ragu, meatball sliders and tiramisu.

Mingle with friends while listening to the resident DJ's on Saturday and Sunday. The cellar door will be toasty warm to enjoy your delicious 3-course meal from Melbourne’s number one food truck, Pasta Face.

Tickets are limited with three sessions across the two days.

Saturday 11am-3.30pm Saturday twilight 5pm -9pm & Sunday Session 11am-4pm.

Tickets are $65 per person with the optional bus transfers to and from Bannockburn or Geelong station for $25 per adult.

Ticket price includes a delicious Italian street food menu from Pasta Face, a glass of pinot noir on arrival and a complimentary seated tasting of a range of wines.

Bookings here

 

Global Master Class @ Leura Park Estate

Enter the Leura Park Estate Barrel Shed for a rare and exclusive wine appreciation experience.

You’ll be guided and inspired by their very own winemakers Darren Burke and Nyall Condon as they curate a fabulous voyage spanning three countries, Australia, France and New Zealand – all renowned Pinot Noir powerhouses.

Discern palate influences of local terroir, respective Bellarine vineyards, clones and vintages. Compare with Pinot Noirs from other renowned viticultural regions. Explore cooper, oak and global influences.

Delight in this international flight across six premium wines.

Tickets are limited and bookings are essential on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $60 per person

Ticket price includes wine tasting, an exclusive curated global journey, cheeses & your choice of a premium bottle of Bellarine Pinot Noir to take home.

Bookings here

 

New Release Pinots + Vinyls @ Curlewis Winery

 Join Leesa Freyer and Stefano Marasco as they throw open the doors at Curlewis Winery for a Pinot Affair. As the owners and winemakers, they love to chat to visitors and wine enthusiasts about our handcrafted wines made with care and love from the oldest pinot vines on the Bellarine.

Inside at Appellation, it’s cosy and snug with the fire blazing and vinyl on the turntable which you can have the chance to choose the tunes from their stack of LPs, sounds delightful.

Make a booking here.

 

Museum Wine Tasting @ Terindah Estate

Enjoy the views of the bay and the city if the weather is right at Terindah Estate as they offer a museum Pinot Noir tasting at $15 per head, these can be enjoyed in the restaurant or cellar door. They’ll have their delicious a la carte lunch menu on offer too, make bookings here. 

 

Meet the Wine Maker @ Mermerus

Memerus on The Bellarine has been producing Pinot Noir on the Bellarine for over 20 years.

This is your chance to meet the winemaker, and taste some back vintages in the winery to see how this fascinating variety has evolved over time.

Hosted on both days Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm - 3 pm, find out more here.

 

10 Course Degustation Dinner @ Provenance Wines

Prepare to be amazed by the quality and presentation of our modern Australian cuisine inspired by the seasons as you try their award-winning wines, including rare museum examples and enjoy perfectly paired dishes with each. 

Each flavour has been orchestrated to leave an indelible mark on your senses.

Soak in the character, and charm of the historic Barrel Hall, filled with a soft glow of candlelight and soothing jazz tones.

Hosted on Saturday 21 May at 6:30pm.

Tickets: $195 per person

Bookings here

They will also be running a Pinot Masterclass & Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am.

Tickets are: $95 per person

Bookings here

 

Guided Tastings @ McGlashan's Estate

McGlashan Estate will be showcasing their past three vintages of their Pinot Noir and the Pinot Affair will be the first release of the 2020 and 2021 McGlashan Pinot Noir!

Are there a few people in your crew who don’t love wine? The FarmDog Brewing team will also be on-site with their beer paddles, gin boards and cocktails! 

Open 10am – 6pm, tastings are $10 and you can book you table here.

 

Wine + High Tea @ Mt Duneed Estate

Held in The Vineyard Room overlooking their lush lawns, Mt Duneed and the Barrabool Hills, Mt Duneed is the perfect space to sit, sip and enjoy the company of friends.

Held on Saturday 21 May across two sessions 11.30am -1.30pm or 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Tickets are $89 per person

The two-hour experience begins with a Pinot Noir wine flight with samples of Pinot Noir.  Enjoy their take on High Tea – A mix of Pinot Noir inspired sweet and savoury delicacies.

You will also receive a bottomless glass of Blanc de Blanc, Moscato or Regional Pinot Noir.

Bookings here

 

Museum Flight & Tasting Experience @ Oakdene

Join the team at Oakdene in the ‘Upside-down House’ cellar door for a seated tasting experience of their award-winning, cool-climate wines, in a setting that is uniquely Oakdene. For the Pinot Affair weekend only, they are bringing out some specially selected museum wines so you can see the differences between vintages, and what careful cellaring can achieve over time.

Tickets to the Museum Flight are $20 and will run from 10am – 4pm both days.

While you’re there you can also enjoy a 2-course lunch for $49 including a glass of Pinot in their onsite restaurant Mr Grubb.

Bookings here

 

3-Course Winemakers Lunch @ Scotchman's Hill

Wine and Dine with Scotchmans Hill Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett. Enjoy an intimate three course lunch with views over the Bay curated by their head chef Andrea Brown and paired with a range of current and exclusively selected Cellar Reserve wines presented by Robin.

Held on Sunday 22 May from 12pm

Tickets are $95 per person and include a 3-course lunch and four glasses of paired Pinot Noir

Bookings here

And on both days, they will be hosting Pinot Noir Masterclass, in an intimate appreciation of the Estate’s acclaimed, cool maritime climate Pinot Noir. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy a range of Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir vintages across their Swan Bay, Scotchmans Hill and Cornelius labels in the Cellar Door as well as live music and hearty local food.

Held on Saturday & Sunday from 10.00am – 11:30am

Tickets: $40 per person including tastings and charcuterie platters

Bookings here

 

Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting @ Barwon Ridge

Share the tranquillity of our boutique vineyard nestled in the beautiful Barrabool Hills, just west of the ring road and Ceres.

Learn more about the evolution of Barwon Ridge’s Pinot Noir. Join Geoff on for a vertical tasting of Barwon Ridge Pinot Noir, accompanied by cheese and nibbles.

They’ll raid the cellar for older vintages back to 2010 and try some yet to be released Pinot Noir.

Held on Saturday and Sunday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm

Tickets are $40 per person

Bookings here

 

‘Story of Lethbridge’ Masterclass with Ray Nadeson @ Lethbridge Wines

Join the team for “Story of Lethbridge’ Masterclass, Peking Duck Pancakes, and tasting paddles at Lethbridge Winery Cellar Door in the Moorabool Valley.

Sessions on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm.

Tickets are $60 per person

Booking here

 

Meet the Winemaker @ Spence Wines

Meet the winemaker and taste many past vintages of their Pinot. They will also be launching their latest vintage of Pinot Noir at this event.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a Pinot Vertical tasting with the winemaker held at the cellar door.

More info here

 

Masterclass Lunch or Dinner with owner and winemaker Will Derham @ Banks Road

Enjoy savouring your way through current and back vintages, and having lunch or dinner with winemaker and owner Will Derham. Sit back and relax as we match Pinot Noir with delicious fare specifically designed to make Pinot shine and enjoy learning all things Pinot. 

Hosted on both Saturday & Sunday Masterclass Lunch with Will (12.30pm-2.30pm) and Saturday Masterclass Dinner with Will (6.30pm). 

 

Call 0455 594 391 for bookings

 

Visit pinotaffair.com.au for all the event details.