Embrace the Winter Spirit with the return of Geelong’s Winter Shiraz Festival

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Embrace the Winter Spirit with the return of Geelong’s Winter Shiraz Festival

Geelong’s Winter Shiraz Weekend returns for three days of full-bodied reds, masterclasses, woodfires, live music, bottomless shiraz, mulled wine and churros.

Geelong’s rich, full-bodied red wines will be the centre of it all come August when the Geelong Winter Shiraz Festival returns for its eighth event.

With winter providing the perfect time to truly indulge in the wine varietal, the annual Winter Shiraz Weekend will take place a little later this year, taking place from 4-6 August, 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.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

With delightful experiences of tastings, fine drops, and local indulgences, 19 local wineries are participating this year, offering unique programs including special masterclasses, tastings, delicious Shiraz-inspired cuisine and more while talented chefs will pair cool climate wines with hearty winter fare for a truly enjoyable time.

As always, this family-friendly event allows locals and visitors alike to explore the Bellarine Peninsula, Moorabool Valley, and the Surf Coast subregions across three days, rediscovering the delights of the Geelong wine region and discovering why Shiraz is one of our region’s hero varietals.


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The program is a feast of both free and ticketed food and wine experiences, gourmet produce, local music and wine masterclasses. Each winery offers its own unique events and experiences, giving attendees plenty of opportunities to meet the individual winemakers, purchase bottles on special and warm up with a glass and an open fire while talented chefs match the region’s renowned cool climate wines with hearty winter fare.

Some of the highlights for this year include a shiraz and gourmet cheese masterclass at Barwon Ridge, mulled wine and churros at del Rios, a shiraz winemaker masterclass at Scotchmans Hill, and a ‘Best of the best’ Shiraz Masterclass and Lunch at Provenance Wines.

There’s also a special BBQ, blues and Shiraz evening at Bellarine Estate, an epic Burning of the Canes event at Austin’s, and a huge barrel hall shiraz sale at Mt Duneed Estate.

And that’s all barely scraping the surface – it’s impossible not to be tempted by so many of our wineries offering some special for absolutely anyone, kids included.

So go on, mark your calendars for a celebration of Geelong’s world-class Shiraz!

Head to the Winter Shiraz Weekend website for the full program of events.