Raise your glass to the Geelong Winter Shiraz Festival this weekend

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Raise your glass to the Geelong Winter Shiraz Festival this weekend

Words by Staff Writer

28 wintery, wonderful Shiraz inspired events held across 20 of the region's best wineries.

Get ready to embrace the winter spirit as Geelong’s most anticipated wine event returns – the Winter Shiraz Festival! This three-day extravaganza will satisfy your taste buds with rich, full-bodied reds, live music, woodfires, bottomless shiraz, mulled wine, and even churros – because why not?

From August 4th to 6th, Geelong will be bustling with wine enthusiasts ready to indulge in the region’s finest Shiraz offerings. With winter providing the perfect backdrop for this delightful wine varietal, this is your exclusive chance to explore the diverse selection of award-winning Geelong wineries across the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley, and Bellarine Peninsula.

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

Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable experience as 19 local wineries showcase their finest drops, offering tantalizing tastings, masterclasses, and Shiraz-inspired cuisine. Talented chefs will pair cool climate wines with hearty winter fare, making each sip and bite an absolute delight.

And it’s not just about the wine – the Winter Shiraz Festival is a family-friendly affair that invites locals and visitors to uncover the hidden gems of the Geelong wine region. Wander through the stunning Bellarine Peninsula, immerse yourself in the Moorabool Valley, and soak in the beauty of the Surf Coast subregions. It’s time to rediscover why Shiraz is one of the heroes of our region’s wine scene.


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The festival program is a lavish spread of free and ticketed experiences, boasting gourmet produce, live music, and wine masterclasses. Each winery has crafted its unique events and activities, giving you plenty of opportunities to meet the winemakers, snag special bottle deals, and cozy up with a glass by an open fire.

Highlights of this year’s festival include a shiraz and gourmet cheese masterclass at Barwon Ridge, a heavenly pairing of 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.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg – there’s a special BBQ, blues, and Shiraz evening at Bellarine Estate, an epic Burning of the Canes event at Austin’s, and a massive barrel hall shiraz sale at Mt Duneed Estate. With so much on offer, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

This festival isn’t just for the connoisseurs; it’s a celebration of Geelong’s world-class Shiraz, catering to everyone, including the kids.

So, what are you waiting for? Clear your schedule, gather your friends, and get ready to celebrate Geelong’s finest Shiraz at the Winter Shiraz Festival.

Head to the Winter Shiraz Weekend website for the full program of events and start planning your wine-filled adventure today!