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A range of wines on display, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

A range of wines on display, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival [©Mia MacDonald]

A selection of white and red wines, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
A couple enjoying a range of wines at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
James Hirds Top Five Natural Bubbles, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
A sampling of white wines, Melbourne Food and Wine Festivel

The 2017 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (MFWF) will showcase iconic established Australian winemakers alongside lesser-known artisan producers at the new House of Food and Wine.

Tucked down a laneway off Little Lonsdale Street in the heart of the CBD, The House will offer ten days of curated food and wine experiences, including a dedicated wine weekend (Friday 7 – Saturday 9 April) featuring more than 50 of Australia’s best sommeliers, winemakers and vignerons.

MFWF’s Bar at the House of Food and Wine will open from 12pm every day of the Festival with House Bar Manager Mark Protheroe and House Bar Chef Morgan McGlone. Small plates, inspired by chefs from past Festivals, will be available alongside an exclusive signature cocktail and a rotating wine list. Two of Patrick Sullivan’s minimal intervention wines, made especially for MFWF 2017, will be available on tap.

Across the program, vinous events will range from spectacular dinners with matched wines to fast, lively tastings. There’s a wine bar crawl by tram; a party celebrating minimal intervention and biodynamic drops; unique opportunities to meet the makers and more.

The Festival will coincide with The Word’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, providing an opportunity for a large contingent of visiting wine influencers – sommeliers, critics and media – to taste the best of Australian wine.

WINE WEEKEND Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April at The House of Food and Wine

Vino Rapido:
Friday 7 & Saturday 8 April, $55

Short fast loud - it's a one on one tasting fest, you'll have three minutes to taste and talk with some of MFWF's favourite wine people including Sebastian Crowther MS (Rockpool Bar & Grill), Lou Chalmers (Clever Polly) and Meira Harel (The Town Mouse).

This event is like speed dating without the bad bits; it will be the greatest one night stand of your vinous life.

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Rootstock Sydney x MFWF
Friday 7 April, $125

Giorgio di Maria, Mike Bennie and James Hird are bringing Rootstock Sydney to Melbourne for the first time. Like-minded winemakers, grape growers, chefs, sommeliers, writers, artists, thinkers (and most importantly, drinkers) will come together and share sustainably produced food and wine. Guests include Anton von Klopper (Lucy Margaux), David Moyle (Longsong), Aaron Turner (IGNI) and Duncan Welgemoed (Africola).

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Makers & Muses
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April, $55

Taste wines from some of Australia's seminal winemakers and see how their style and creativity has influenced the future. Meet the matriarchs and patriarchs of the industry, and then taste their influence in the wines of their protégées.

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The Winemakers’ Feast
Saturday 8 April, $295

MFWF Wine Legends, including Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda) and Ron Laughton (Jasper Hill), and some of Australia’s best sommeliers, will match wines they love to a five-course feast designed by chef Scott Pickett. Each table will be hosted by a winemaker and sommelier, and no two tables will drink the same wines.

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The Future of Tradition
Sunday 9 April, $250

Presented in partnership with Langton’s Fine Wine Partners, join some of Australia’s greatest wine minds at a panel discussion celebrating cabernets awarded the Langton’s Classification. From bright young things to heroes of the classification, discuss and taste cabernets unified by sustained innovation, popularity and greatness.

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Drink with Melbourne’s Finest

Burgundy may have Route Nationale 74, but Melbourne has the number 72 tram. Travel via tram between three wine bars and sample wines from New World drops to Burgundys themselves, at RN72: A Journey to the Alps. Saturday 8 April, $153.

Taste the best of Tahbilk’s Rhone-inspired vintages of the last 25 years at Let’s Celebrate, Vive Le Festival. Five courses of French flavours by Phillippe Mouchel will be matched with wines by Alister Purbrick, two MFWF Legends. Tuesday 4 April, $198.

Mix It with The Best

An afternoon with Pol Roger & Sir Winston at Rufus Bar will be an immersive champagne tasting and history experience. A rare opportunity to taste the Sir Winston Churchill Vintage paired with some of the great man’s favourite foods. 1-2 and 8-9 April, $92.

Compare and contrast the best of Australian and French rosé on a Melbourne rooftop at Two Houses Collide, with Dominique Portet and Château d’Esclans, at Madame Brussels. Sunday 2 April, $88.

Something a Little Stronger

For the Love of Sake, hosted at Kumo Izakaya, will be a celebration of the breadth and depth of handcrafted sake with Australia’s official Sake Ambassador Andre Bishop and boutique importer Black Market Sake. Thursday 6 April, $128.

Experience the fun and modern twists giving sherry a new lease on life at Bodega Lourinhã featuring Monster y Romeo Lane, from the teams at Romeo Lane and Bar Lourinhã. Sean McConnell (Monster) will collaborate with brother Matt McConnell (Bar Lourinha) on the eight-course shared feast. Wednesday 5 April, $143.

Wine casks from famous houses have filled a void in the whiskey industry in recent years. Whisky + Alement will team up with The Prince Wine Store for Whisky’s new world hanging on the vine, a tasting of six cask-matured whiskies and six corresponding wines. Sunday 2 April, $123.




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