Winemakers love Shiraz for its reliability, impressive yields and resistance to disease; drinkers love it because it is delicious when young, even more beguiling with some age and is great with a range of foods.
But its crowning glory is its versatility, its ability to express itself beautifully across many wine regions.
Now in its third year, the annual Winter Shiraz Weekend is set to thrill connoisseurs with two days of exploring the versatility of Shiraz with another two days of beautiful wine, food and entertainment as the Geelong region basks in the mid-winter glow.
This exciting celebration of Geelong Wine will take place on July 7-8, offering guests a unique and exclusive opportunity to taste their way across a diverse selection of award-winning Geelong wineries from the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula.
Wine Geelong president Scott Austin, said that the event would also give patrons the opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ with some of the region’s most knowledgeable local vignerons and producers leading a path of wine discovery.
“Wineries throughout the region will offer guests the chance to soak up the warmth of open fires and outdoor braziers in their beautiful surroundings while showcasing their award-winning Shiraz. Several talented chefs will also match the region’s renowned cool climate wines with hearty winter fare,” he says.
The 2018 program will be a feast of food and wine experiences, gourmet produce, local music and wine master classes.
Entry to participating wineries is free so patrons can look forward to purchasing bottles of their favourite Shiraz rather than tickets. Kicking off the festival will be a special Shiraz tasting on Friday evening July 6 from 5-7 at some of Geelong’s top retailers, who can assist patrons in planning their weekend.
For more information and to view the event program, please visit