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An Island Wine Festival? Yes please.

By Kate Symons
16th Aug 2015

Island Wine Festival Sydney

An island dedicated to wine? Sounds like our kind of place.

And while it may seem like the stuff of fantasy, come November it will be a delicious reality thanks to Sydney’s inaugural Wine Island Festival.

Clark Island on Sydney Harbour will be transformed for the three-day festival celebrating some of the country’s most exciting winemakers, sommeliers and chefs.

Taking place from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 November, Wine Island will keep plonk lovers busy with cellar door experiences, gourmet food huts, masterclasses, cooking demos and treasure hunts. Yes, treasure hunts! It is the full island experience.  

Located off the tip of Darling Point, Clark Island boasts postcard-worthy views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge—not a bad spot for a glass or two in our opinion.

More than 100 wine labels will be yours for the tasting including Angove Family Winemakers, All Saints Estate, Koonara Wines, D’Arenberg, The Lane Vineyard, Mitolo Wines and Mr Riggs. 

For beer, cider and gin fans, Sydney boutique brewers, Young Henrys, will be on site too. Meanwhile, Bar H, Oysters Unplugged, Huon Aquaculture, Applejack Hospitality Group (the folks behind The Butler, Bondi Hardware, SoCal and The Botanist) and The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory will help satisfy cravings of the solid variety.

Wine writer and Wine Island Festival sommelier, Samantha Payne, will host the VIP Island Bar alongside contemporaries Rebecca Lines (Bar H), Gabrielle Webster (Love Tilly Devine), Chris Morrison (Keystone Hospitality Group) and James Audas (Silvereye Restaurant, coming soon amid much anticipation).

PS. The VIP area also includes private sommelier service, unlimited tastings and a complimentary seafood station and cheese bar. 

Festival founder and director, Kristen Francis says, “This is a first of its kind for Clark Island and Sydney Harbour. We are in the unique position of taking over an island and transforming it into our own kind of paradise for three days. There is no other food and wine festival in Sydney like it, making it a must for this year’s social calendar.”

Wine Island Festival tickets include transport to and from Clark Island, via vintage ferry, no less. A complimentary glass of champagne for the journey? Don’t mind if I do.

There will be two sessions each day. General admission tickets are $79.90. VIP tickets are $149.90.

Tickets will go on sale here on Tuesday 1 September. 

Image credit: Hamilton Lund

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