Tasmania's trend-setting sparkling wine festival Effervescence Tasmania is returning in November for its sixth annual event and organisers are promising the best festival yet.
Effervescence Tasmania has established itself as the leading sparkling wine event in Australia and will again feature events in Launceston, Hobart and at Tamar Valley vineyards. Guests will be able sample the island state's finest bubbles at the Grand Tasting, indulge in a long lunch, benchmark Tasmanian sparklings against the rest of the world, or dance themselves silly at Bubbles & Beats. The first Australian sparkling wine was produced in Tasmania in 1826 and today around half of the island’s pinot noir and three quarters of its chardonnay are used for sparkling wines. From November 1-17, 12 different sparkling wine houses across the state will feature at over 50 events, spanning regions as far apart as Barnbougle and Bruny Island.
There'll be a partnership with the Tasmanian Walking Company, which will see a walk at Bay of Fires capped off with the chance to enjoy some of the finest food and wine the state has to offer at Bay of Fires Lodge. Barnbougle Lost Farm in the state's north-east will host a long table lunch along with a round at one of the world's most spectacular golf courses. There will be a beginner's masterclass at Josef Chromy Wines at Relbia, where a panel of sparkling experts will offer a window into the world of both making and tasting wine.
The grand tasting will also take place at Josef Chromy, giving wine lovers the chance to sample products from all the sparkling houses involved in the festival. "This installment of Effervescence is looking to be bigger and better than ever before," said Josef Chromy Wines chief winemaker and general manager Jeremy Dineen.
"We've got a great group of wineries, some of the best sparkling producers in Tasmania, which literally means the best sparkling producers in Australia, and possibly anywhere outside of Champagne. "We've got a bunch of extra events here [this year] in and around Launceston and a couple in the south."
Tickets for the festival can be purchased at Effervescence Tasmania's website now.