Riesling Downunder To Launch 2015

The Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting (FEIRT) is to undergo major changes from next February and will henceforth be known as Riesling Downunder.

The celebration, originated by the owners of Frankland Estate winery (tastings) Judi Cullam and Barrie Smith, has become a significant event on the wine calendar. But it has outgrown itself and as from February’s event in Melbourne, will take on partner wineries as well as the name-change. Those wineries are Jim Barry Wines (tastings) and Pikes Wines (tastings), both of the Clare Valley, and Framingham Wines of Marlborough, New Zealand (tastings). 

FEIRT began in 2001 as a biennial celebration of the quality and diversity of great worldwide riesling wines, and consisted of tastings, workshops and masterclasses. In 2009 it became a triennial event, which enabled it to be integrated into an international rotation that involved similar events in Germany and the US.

Riesling Downunder will retain the strong international focus and celebratory spirit of previous events but encourage more consumer participation, the organisers said. “This is reflected in plans to attract up to 500 riesling enthusiasts to a Sunday afternoon tasting featuring gourmet food and the wines of 40 different winemakers at Central Pier in Docklands on Sunday 8 February 2015.”

Commenting on the new sponsors, Frankland Estate’s Hunter Smith said: “Riesling Downunder brings together a group of passionate, committed winemakers who share the belief that not only is riesling the world’s greatest white wine variety but that it deserves greater appreciation and a higher profile than it currently receives.”

Riesling Downunder will be on 8, 9 and 10 February 2015 with an informal event at Central Pier in Docklands on the 8th, a comparative tasting of the world’s finest dry rieslings on the 9th, and a comparative tasting of the world’s finest half-dry rieslings on the 10th. 

More details will be posted on www.rieslingdownunder.com.au as they become available.

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