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Friday 29 September 2023

Coonawarra puts the spotlight on cabernet

Coonawarra vies with Margaret River for the title of Australia's capital of cabernet and the Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations Wine Festival starts this week.  

The festival aims to showcase and celebrate the wine region's signature grape variety with a program of over 70 events across five weeks. 

Organisers hope to emphasise the elegance, drinkability and ageing ability of Coonawarra cabernets, starting on Friday, September 29, and running through to the end of October. 

The calendar is dotted with special events and bespoke tastings experiences on offer at cellar doors and wineries across the region.

Heidi Guyett, events and marketing manager of Coonawarra Vignerons, says there will be plenty of opportunities for wine aficionados, foodies and families alike to explore and experience Coonawarra. 

“This year’s program is as extensive as ever, with over 70 food and wine experiences to be enjoyed,” she says.

“Our member wineries have gone to great lengths to offer an exciting array of events. From family fun days to high end wine dinners, vertical tastings to blending workshops, winery tours, masterclasses, and long lunches, the region will offer visitors, and locals alike,  the opportunity to experience and discover the best of Coonawarra.

“Aside from tasting the exquisite wines of the region, festival goers will have the opportunity to dine and meet with winemakers and boutique winery owners, go behind the scenes in the winery and even sample wines that are yet to be officially released, all the while learning about the process and the passion that goes into Coonawarra’s famed wines.” 

The first weekend will see the Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations Golf Day and Family Fiesta theme kick off the month-long festival. 

The celebrations will ramp up over the weekend with Pizza and Tunes at Raidis Estate on Saturday and  and the return of Rymill Coonawarra’s Cabernet Carnival on Sunday. 

The following weeks will see events with themes around blending wine, and the marriage of cabernet sauvignon with other varieties - a weekend tribute to the original festival, which historically took place on one single weekend, along with an exclusive look at new-release wines. 

The International Cabernet Masterclass also returns as a feature event in the October program and will present a premium selection of Coonawarra wines alongside international Cabernets from regions including Bordeaux, the Napa Valley and Tuscany. 

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