Your way to pinot pro starts from April 22.
Lover of a good wine or two? You are in luck with the first-ever Pinot Picnic festival kicking off in Karri Tree country next week, 22 to 25 April, throughout the magical Southern Forests & Valleys region, of Manjimup and Pemberton.
The new festival will feature a series of pop-up, pinot-inspired events that will celebrate the finest local produce paired with the region’s renowned pinot wines. From pinot sparkling through to pinot rosé and noir, you can soon become a pro when it comes to all tasty pinot pours.
To get you in the wine mood, here is a sample list of events to expect from this delicious festival.
Guests will learn about the Southern Forest’s premium pinots from a panel that includes wine aficionados Erin Larkin and Rob Geddes and local winemakers including Dan Pannell (Picardy Wines), with others to be announced. The pilgrimage through a menu of pinots and local produce will be accompanied by a matching canape dinner experience, and finish with a Pinot Party featuring DJs at $75 per person.
Tall Timbers Manjimup on Friday 23 April from 7.00 pm
Graze your way to Pinot
A specially curated afternoon of grazing, sipping, and exploring, with the added element of going beyond the farm gate to meet the genuine people who grow and produce the amazing food and wine offerings of the Southern Forests. Sip a glass of sparkling pinot whilst sampling the unique flavours and aromas of truffle products, enjoy a tractor ride through the autumn orchard then huddle around the open fires to graze on roasted chestnuts, macadamias, feijoas, persimmons, apples and other fresh-from-the-tree tastings, before ending your day with a stroll through a vineyard at sunset accompanied by a selection of sumptuous pinots and a grazing board of local delicacies. Tickets at $165 per person.
Forest Lodge Resort on Saturday 24 April 10.15 am to 4.30 pm
Hidden River Estate Sioree
The evening will showcase five delicious courses by Hidden River Estate paired with 12 outstanding vintages of Picardy Pinot Noir, presented by Dan Pannell (Picardy) & Ardal Nigg (Hidden River Estate). Tickets limited at $200 per person.
Hidden River Estate on Saturday 24 April from 6pm to 9pm
Pork and Pinot
A picnic style around the lake with live music. Renowned chef and truffle grower David Coomer, will create Asian inspired bao buns from estate raised pork on the spit and fresh marron from the lake, with a range of pinot matched accompaniments (noir, rosé or sparkling) at $25 per person.
Lost Lake Winery on Saturday 24 April from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
Gourmet Pinot Dinner
Internationally trained Chef Ingo Maass will prepare a pinot matched gourmet four-course dinner (menu). Surrounded by the stunning Karri Forest backdrop, enjoy your meal with expertly matched premium pinot wines. Limited spaces available at $125 per person.
The Forest Lodge Resort on Saturday 24 April from 6.30 to 10.00 pm
Watch the sun go down whilst enjoying a lavish picnic with Wild at Heart Cafe and Treehouse Tapas and Wine Bar. Savour a delicious six-course picnic feast of fresh local produce, complemented with pop-up bar and live jazz music, with welcome cocktail on arrival. Indulge in Southern Forests finest, celebrating farm-fresh produce and world-class pinot noir with tunes and grazing into the evening.
Pemberton Anzac Park on Friday 23 April from 6.00 to 10.00 pm
If you can’t make the event in person and have a serious case of FOMO, you can also tune in to watch a free virtual wine-tasting event featuring a panel of experts and winemakers, that will be live-streamed from Tall Timbers in Manjimup on Friday 23 April at 7.30pm. Virtual event link here.
Tickets for all events are available online at www.pinotpicnic.com
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