UPCOMING EVENTS

BREAKFAST ON THE YARRA
Sunday February 6, 2022

Alexandra Avenue, near Morell Bridge  (See Google Map button below)
8.00 am for a 9.00 am start
Early arrival makes parking easier!

A Wine Guild tradition for over 40 years, Breakfast on the Yarra this year provides an opportunity for members and friends to gather together, share tales of survival of almost two years of ‘the pandemic’ and talk about your plans for 2022 and beyond. At the same time you can enjoy a glass or two of bubbly or other beverage and a barbecued breakfast with a wonderful view of the Yarra and the Melbourne skyline.

This year, the barbecued breakfast will be prepared and served by Silver Service Catering. The breakfast consists of barbecued sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato and mushrooms, served with fresh bread rolls. It will be followed by the traditional pancakes, jam and cream. Tea and coffee will be available during and after the breakfast. Sparkling, red and white wines are provided, along with orange juice and water.

COST:     Members: $35.00 per person        Non-members: $40.00 per person
RSVP:     Friday January 28  

Come prepared with tables, chairs, sunscreen, hats and encourage your friends to book. Breakfast on the Yarra is a great introduction to the Guild for prospective members. With the river and a busy road very close, this is not a safe function for young children. 

CELEBRATING BLEASDALE AND THE POTTS FAMILY
Winemaker’
s Dinner
Tuesday March 8, 2022

Grande Forno, 523-525 Warrigal Road, Ashwood 

Bleasdale Vineyards was founded in the Langhorne Creek region of South Australia in 1850 by former ‘powder monkey’, carpenter and salt trader Frank Potts. Our Guest Speaker at this very special dinner is Frank’s great, great grandson Robert Potts, who after working in many roles in the winery and vineyard has a vast knowledge of the wine, history and recent achievements of Bleasdale.

The wines have been selected in consultation with Robert to match a three-course Italian-inspired dinner, with a rare fortified Verdelho to accompany dessert. 

One of Bleasdale’s proudest achievements that include numerous trophies and medals in its 171 year history is winning the 2019 Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show for its 2018 The Wild Fig Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre.     

Further details and online booking form coming soon.

Coming up!

Coming up later in the year we have Taste n Talks, a French inspired Winemaker’s Dinner, a one-day coach tour and the twice-postponed Tasmanian tour in November (details below). With the popularity of Zoom events in 2020 and 2021 we are including an online event in mid-winter . 

Wednesday April 6, 2022
Taste n Talk evening featuring Guild member and owner of  the vinodiversity.com website, Darby Higgs. Vinodiversity.com is exclusively dedicated to informing, educating and entertaining wine consumers about Australian wines made from alternative grape varieties. Darby will guide us through a tasting of a fascinating selection of wines made from lesser-known or unusual varieties.

Tuesday May 3, 2022
An intimate Winemaker’s Dinner at Le Galois Restaurant with Guest Speaker, 9th generation winemaker Dominique Portet. Dominique has now been joined by his son Ben at the Dominique Portet winery in Coldstream Hills to produce exquisite wines that rival those of his native Bordeaux. Dominique has selected wines to match a 3-course menu of traditional French dishes.

Sunday June 5, 2022
A one-day coach tour, visiting three of the best cellar doors in the emerging Macedon Ranges Wine Region.

Wednesday July 13, 2022
To avoid you having to travel at night in Melbourne’s mid-winter, we present an online Taste n Talk on Zoom. We will feature one or more guest speakers who would not be able to  participate in-person. During the COVID pandemic we have already featured speakers from Great Southern in WA, the Clare Valley in SA and even Tuscany in Italy. Those without internet access will be able to participate by phone.

Thursday August 11, 2022
A Taste n Talk with a difference. Bring your favourite Victorian wine to share and tell us about it – and why you chose it. This function will also include some wine games and wine trivia with prizes to make it an entertaining and educational night.

Tuesday September 6, 2022
Annual General Meeting and Dinner. Venue and Guest Speaker to be announced. 

Thursday October 27, 2022
A Taste n Talk incorporating a Melbourne Cup Sweep draw and a Guest Speaker to be announced. 

Sunday November 13 – Saturday November 19, 2022
Our long-awaited Tasmanian Tour. See below.

Sunday December 4, 2022
End-of-year Lunch. Venue to be announced.

The program is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including regional events and the changing availability of the quality venues and speakers that we have come to expect.

Tasmanian Tour, November 13, 2022 – November 19, 2022


Rescheduled from October, 2021
The Tasmanian Tour that was take place in October 2021 (and November 2020) and postponed due to border restrictions has been rescheduled for November 2022. The itinerary for the rescheduled tour is almost identical that of the 2020 and 2021 tours. The Function Notice for the cancelled 2021 tour remains in place (button below) for those who would like further information. The Online Booking Form will become available in early February.

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