East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Monday, 22 August 2022

Father's Day treats for wine-loving Dads


If your Dad loves his wines and you haven't come up with a plan for Father's Day yet, the team at Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective have some ideas.

QUEENSLAND

Treat Dad to a family night out at Burning of the Vines at Sirromet on Father's Day. Enjoy a specially curated three-course paddock to plate style menu, paired wines and live music on the Terrace and create treasured family memories around the fire, listening to outstanding live music.

Return another day for the Best of Queensland experience, including a tutored premium tasting followed by a five-course Tuscan-inspired degustation with matching wines at Sirromet's Tuscan Terrace.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Experience three of the Hunter Valley's iconic vineyards - Audrey Wilkinson, Brokenwood and Tyrrell's - as they team up for Icons of the Hunter.

Dad will be treated to signature wine experiences. Click here to discover more and read the full itinerary.

In the picturesque wine region of Orange, Dad might enjoy a five-course degustation lunch at the newly opened Printhie Dining, at Printhie Wines, perched on the slopes of Mt Canobolas. Chef Jack Brown crafts seasonal dishes using regional prioduce.

VICTORIA

Dad can learn the art of wine blending at Tahbilk during a Winemaker's Secret Art experience - and take his own blend home.

In the Yarra Valley, he can enjoy a tasting at De Bortoli Cellar Door with a Gourmet Food and Wine Experience. This privately hosted experience explores the iconic wine varietals from the Yarra Valley region and beyond, matched with delicious nibbles. Or try a three-course Italian-inspired lunch at Locale Restaurant with matched wines.

TASMANIA

Dad can dabble in the art of fly fishing with RiverFly Tasmania and Josef Chromy Wines just outside of Launceston. Learning the basics of casting on the lake is followed by a complementary tasting at the Cellar Door and a two-course lunch matched with Chromy wines. Find out more HERE.

At nearby House of Arras, Dad can become a Sparkling Scholar and discover the history of Tasmania's diverse grape-growing terroirs

SOUTH AUSTRALIA


The Ultimate Penfolds Experience tour starts with a visit to the Grange Cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, before viewing the Magill Estate winery, vintage cellar and underground drives, and concluding with an intimate tasting of Penfolds' wines, including a vintage of Grange.

At Hardys Tintara in McLaren Vale the fun and interactive Tasting in the Dark experience is enjoyed as your host guides you through the wine tasting process.

In the Barossa Valley, at the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar, Dad can taste Tawny made in his birth year directly from the barrel. This is a fascinating insight into the aging process of premium fortified wine, with Seppeltsfield the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine each year.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Spend time in Margaret River visiting three of the region's acclaimed wineries, Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix. The Leeuwin Immersion Experience includes a tutored tasting and tour the Leeuwin Art Gallery, filled with contemporary Australian artworks that feature on the labels of the iconic 'Art Series' wines.

Explore Australia's largest underground barrel cellar at Voyager Estate before indulging in a true degustation. This seven-course wine-paired lunch celebrates pristine local produce.

At Vasse Felix, Margaret River's founding wine estate, book The Cellar Experience for a private tasting of historic wines in the exclusive Vault, followed by a three-course meal from the a la carte menu.

Mandoon Estate, just outside Peth in the Swan Valley (above), features the Ultimate Experience, including a tasting and guided tour of the estate, featuring the underground cellar, historic vineyard, the original Roe Family Homestead, Surveyor's Room and estate kitchen. The evening can be spent at The Colony, where rooms enjoy views of the Swan River.

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