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 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.
To kick off the weekend, it all starts with some complimentary Friday Night Tastings (July 6 from 5pm-7pm), from acclaimed Geelong producers at Bottles and Barrels, Union Street Wine Bar and Barwon Heads Wine Store. Think of this one as a bit of a warm up before the weekend shenanigans…
As for the actual weekend, this is your chance to take a tour in our three sub regions: Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and the Surf Coast. Each winery participating in the Winter Shiraz Weekend have their own unique programs. Many include the chance to ‘meet the makers’ with knowledgeable local vignerons and producers leading you on a path of wine discovery. (You can check out the full program here)
The 2018 program promises to be a feast of food and wine experiences, gourmet produce, local music and wine master classes. You’ll be tempted by so many of our wineries with something special on offer for everyone, and kids are welcome.
So throw off your jacket, take up a place by the fire with a glass of wine and enjoy a reprieve from the cold. Why not book some local accommodation and make a weekend of it.
Entry to participating wineries is free, so you can take home some local wine instead of worrying about ticket prices!
For more information and to view the event program, please visit