In just under two weeks time, a new family-friendly festival will make its home at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse, for four days, and if the name’s anything to go by, it’s right up our alley (and yours, too).
From Thursday the 19th until Sunday the 22nd of this month, Whisky, Wine & Fire will see a bevy of booze enthusiasts flock to the iconic epicentre of racing, to sample some of our finest wines and very best whiskies, all whilst keeping toasty warm thanks to a series of installations and performances in the fire garden.
Wines on offer will include Grenaches, Syrahs and Roussanes from some of Victoria and South Australia’s favourite regions, with expressions from Scotchman’s Hill, Portsea Estate and St Huberts, among many others. Given the chilly weather forecast, mulled wine and hot cider will also be on the menu.
The local whisky selection will include Melbourne’s Starward distillery, Timboon Railway Shed from Western Victoria and Tasmania’s Belgrove Distillery. Larger international labels such as Talisker, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg will also be pouring their drams throughout the four-day event. There’will also be plenty of tasty grub, all cooked over the naked flame, to keep the masses sated in between sips.
“Australians have a much better understanding of flavour profiles and textures these days, leading to more curiosity about spirits, aging and process in what they consume”, says Dean Druce, Managing Director at Corowa Distillery Co.
“Whisky, Wine & Fire will be a great event for people to experience whiskies of different types and from different regions, from boutique distillers to the global brands”.
Hosted by BMW, and supported by Dan Murphy’s, this is the addition to Melbourne’s winter calendar that it’s been asking for, ever since Tasmania started to form a monopoly on cool shit that happens when the mercury drops (read: Dark Mofo).
Tickets are a clean $15 for adults, and free for kiddies, which also makes it a total bargain. Happy drinking.