Wine education becomes a lot more fun when you book an experience with Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia. Meet the makers, learn from the locals, and buy into DIY blending! Read on to discover four fabulous Australian wineries who offer blending and educational workshops in beautiful regional surroundings.
Winemakers Secret Art, Tahbilk, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria
Some say the winemaker’s motto is that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” and we agree – the art of winemaking is all about blending. When you book in and learn the Winemakers Secret Art at Tahbilk, you’re guided by a Wine Ambassador. You will start with individual wines then blend them to create a wine that is truly yours. A 750ml bottle of your own blend will be yours to take away to enjoy afterwards. Blenders often stay on after the workshop to enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch with a glass of wine in Tahbilk’s Wetlands’ View Restaurant.
Blending Bench, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Your Blending Bench experience is hands on and interactive, beginning as you enter the iconic d’Arenberg Cube, and start exploring this unique space filled with wall to wall art installations designed to excite and awaken your senses. Play winemaker with your palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures, all melded in search of balance, fullness, and finesse. We did the physical work – picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle, name and label a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends.
The Perfect Blend, Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley, Western Australia
How hard can it be? Challenge your palate and develop your winemaking skills by booking The Perfect Blend, an interactive experience at Mandoon Estate, a beautiful winery in the Swan Valley just 30mins drive from the centre of Perth. Under the guidance of an expert host, you’ll dig a little deeper into the world of winemaking; explore the unique characteristics of different wine varieties and how they can work together to create harmony and balance; and create the perfect wine to suit your taste. At the conclusion of your experience you’ll be presented with your own unique winemakers blend, complete with personalised label.
Sparkling Scholar, House of Arras, Tamar Valley, Tasmania
House of Arras put Tasmania sparkling wine on the world map over forty years ago. Book in to become a Sparkling Scholar and discover the secrets of Tasmania’s diverse grape-growing terroirs, varying climates and fascinating viticultural history. Learn how old fashioned sheep farms were transformed into thriving vineyards throughout Tasmania, then compare and contrast an exquisite range of sparkling wines from the House of Arras, including vintage and non-vintage méthode traditionnelle wines. This premium masterclass is a rare chance to unfurl the tapestry of Tasmania terroir and gain a deep understanding of Australia’s most awarded sparkling wines.
How to win a case of d’Arenberg wine
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Comment below and tell us of something you look forward to celebrating in 2023 and which of the wines above you’d like to raise a toast with.
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The competition closes on 31 January 2023.
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