The biennial Pinot Celebration Australia 2019

Jasper Morris MW speaking at a previous Pinot Celebration. (Photo: Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association.)

Those serious about pinot noir are looking forward to the biennial Pinot Celebration Australia 2019, the re-named Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Celebration, which runs from February 8-9 on the peninsula.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is held at the newly-rebuilt RACV Cape Schanck Resort.

Highlights will include:

  • An exploration of pinot noir in Australia, from its history and development to tasting more than 50 of the best. Andrew Caillard will anchor the event; I will present six wines from Tasmania, Max Allen will present six from Victoria, and six sommeliers will present their selection of Aussie pinots.
  • A Burgundy masterclass with Thibault Liger-Belair of Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair.
  • International presenters and guests, including keynote speaker, wine writer and award-winning author of The Wandering Vine, Nina Caplan, from the UK, and wine writer and Wine Enthusiast contributing editor, Christina Pickard, from the US.
  • A Pinot Walkabout, a mini-exhibition with 50 Australian pinot noir producers.

The sommeliers, six of the country’s best, who will select Australian pinots for their tasting, are Leanne Altmann of Andrew McConnell restaurants, Penny Grant of Ghanem Group, Jane Lopes of Attica, Kara Maisano of Masani, Jenna Phillpott of Dinner By Heston and Shanteh Wong of Quay restaurant.

The celebration has been run by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association every two years since 2003. As someone who has been to all of them, I can vouch for the fact that it’s always interest-packed and a lot of fun.

To see the full program and book tickets, click here.

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