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Pinot Celebration Australia - RACV Cape Schanck - 8 & 9 February 2019

08 Feb 2019 - 09 Feb 2019

Join some of the leading  Pinot Noir experts and wineries  from Australia and around the World to explore the stories of Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia and the world, over two days of tastings, discussions, lunches and gala dinners!

We will be exploring the stories of Pinot Noir – told by the growers, the winemakers, Masters of Wine, the sommeliers and the wine writers that have been captivated by this wonderful and elusive grape variety. 

Held on February 8 and 9, 2019 at the newly built RACV Cape Schanck Resort

The theme for 2019 is to understand the development and history of Australian Pinot - celebrating its journey. This Celebration will see the introduction of concurrent sessions and opportunities for visitors to get out and about in our region, showcasing the latest new developments including Point Leo Estate in Merricks.

Tickets include the full two day program as below, including all tastings, lunches and dinners - $1100pp

Pinot Celebration Australia,
kicks off in just over three months and we have some exciting additions to the program. 

US Wine writer and Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast Christina Pickard joins the program, while five of the country’s most exciting sommeliers will select Australian pinots to be tasted at the event:

  • Leanne Altmann - Beverage Director, Andrew McConnell Restaurants
  • Penny Grant - Group Sommelier, Ghanem Group
  • Jane Lopes - Wine Director, Attica 
  • Kara Maisano - Sommelier, Masani and Gourmet Traveller WINE 2018 Young Sommelier of the Year 
  • Shanteh Wong - Head Sommelier, Quay Restaurant
  • Jenna Phillpott - Assistant Head Sommelier, Dinner by Heston


RACV Cape Schanck have provided a package for our delegates. These options will be provided when booking for one or two tickets here:
One Celebration ticket plus 3 nights accommodation in Superior Ocean View Room 7th, 8th and 9th Feb (including breakfast) at RACV Cape Schanck Resort $2000 for one
Two Celebration tickets plus 3 nights accommodation in Superior Ocean View Room 7th, 8th and 9th Feb (including breakfast for 2) at RACV Cape Schanck Resort $3100 for two

For other recommended accommodation options at RACV Cape Schanck please contact bookings direct - details here

Pinot Celebration Program:
8 February 2019 - Program Day 1
8.30am        Welcome   
8.45am        The Australian Pinot Noir Story – Andrew Caillard MW 
                        The journey of the Pinot Noir to Australia and its regions
10.30am      The Victorian modern Pinot Story 
                        The Journey to Pinot Noir in Victoria
11.45am       Mornington Peninsula – 1850-2050
2pm              Mornington Peninsula - The 2016 Pinot Noir Story  
4pm              Break out Sessions – (please choose 2 preferences when booking)

  • Pinot Project – What does place bring to Pinot Noir?  If we can remove all other influences, then the site can shine through.  Five Mornington Peninsula vineyards with the same clone (MV6), picked at the same level of ripeness and made into wine by the same winemaking team.  Taste 2 vintages of each to find out what individual site has to say.
  • The language of Wine – share a glass of the writers' choice and discuss pinot stories and what has inspired them to write about wine and Pinot Noir.
  • Raspberries, roses and chocolate - a journey to tease your taste buds. A wine’s aroma is extremely complex, but how can we decipher it? The aromas of wine often invoke memories of fruits and flowers, but what about liquorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, musk, mushroom and leather? Our sense of smell is not always attuned to recognise nor identify them - join us for a tantalising journey of discovery
  • Indigenous cultural walk, hosted by Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung – Bundjalung man, Lionel Lauch, this experience explores the No 16 beach divide in Rye. Passionate about his cultural heritage and people, Lionel embraces opportunities to share his knowledge of the land and educate others about his culture through guided walks ‘on country’
  • Pinot and oak - How to separate the wood from the trees?  Sweet Pinot noir fruit blends beautifully with the spice and lift from new oak and the mellowing effect of older barrels.  Oak flavours should harmonise with fruit, not dominate.  Discover the special alchemy that is the interplay of oak and Pinot Noir - during fermentation and maturation - and how the flavours manifest in the finished wine

6.30pm - Dinner at Point Leo Estate - Explore the diversity of Mornington Peninsula wines

Saturday 9 February 2019 - Program Day 2

9am              The Travelling Pinot Vine – A talk by Nina Caplan
                        “Every bottle of wine contains the perfume of a particular past. The sun that warmed and thickened
                         the grapeskins, the oak sliced and bent and toasted into barrels, and further back, the hopes of the
                         man or 
woman who planted that vine”
9.30am          The Tasmanian Pinot Noir Story - Huon Hooke
11.15am         An Australian Pinot selection - by sommeliers - Leanne Altmann, Penny Grant, Jane Lopes, Kara Maisano, Jenna Phillpott, Shanteh Wong
12.30pm         ‘Pinot Walkabout’ The diversity of 50 Australian Pinot producers
3pm                The International Pinot Noir Story An international Perspective - Christina Pickard
4.45pm           A Burgundy Pinot Story – Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair - by Thibault Liger-Belair 

7pm - Farewell Dinner at RACV Cape Schanck with Mornington Peninsula chefs

All Australian Pinot Producers are invited to attend and participate in the Trade Day on Thursday 7 February and the 2 day Celebration, including the Walkabout tasting...details here


Many thanks to our major partner RACV and all our sponsors:










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Pinot Celebration Australia - RACV Cape Schanck - 8 & 9 February 2019 Ticket Options
General Admission > $1100.00