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Wednesday 22 November 2023

Cabernet cabaret: Coonawarra and Margaret River join forces

Coonawarra and Margaret River are Australia's two premium growing regions for cabernet sauvignon but the two rivals are joining together to promote the grape variety.

Details of the biggest Australian Cabernet Symposium (ACS) have been unveiled with Coonawarra and Margaret River joining forces.

The event will see producers, growers, suppliers, students, marketers, decision makers and aficionados attend the Symposium, which will be held on February 1-2, 2024.

Earlybird tickets are now available until December 7 via

Traditionally hosted by Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated (CGWI), the 2024 ACS is being presented in association with Wines of Western Australia (WoWA).

ACS committee chair Dr Catherine Kidman said that the 2024 event will be the biggest Australian Cabernet Symposium ever held.

“We are delighted to be working with our WA colleagues to bring to life the most comprehensive program to date," she said.

Wine writer and author Katie Spain will be the MC.

Experts will include Phil Brodie, senior winemaker at Te Mata in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand; Vanya Cullen from Cullen in Margaret River; and Professor Stephen Tyerman from the University of Adelaide.

“Focusing on the 2024 theme Supporting Cabernet Sauvignon into the Future, the symposium will bring attendees up to speed with the latest cabernet developments occurring in the fields of wine research, viticulture, winemaking and marketing both in Australia and overseas, and provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with the Australian cabernet community,” Kidman said.

On day one, presentations and masterclasses will be simulcast live to and from the ACS hub at Parker Coonawarra Estate and at the Margaret River HEART satellite venue for Western Australian attendees, followed by dinners in both states.

Day two, in Coonawarra only, will give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand the latest in viticultural and winemaking innovations out in the field.

To book tickets and for more information about the Australian Cabernet Symposium, visit

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