On a roll after sold-out events in Tokyo, Osaka and Perth, we’re super pumped to be back at the Royal Exhibition Building as part of our epic multi-city 2019 tour.
We invite you to prime your glasses and get stuck in exploring this year’s stellar line-up of pinot – and when you’re ready for a refreshment, come and check out the local craft beer and dedicated aperitivo station, Bar Vermouth.
Need a run-down? Here’s all your 2019 highlights.
ONE EPIC LINEUP
Headlined by the People’s Choice winners from last year, our 2019 program boasts the biggest lineup of producers Pinot Palooza has ever seen – and with more than 250 wines on offer it pays to have a strategy, so dive into our guide and plan your attack.
Wanna map it out? Keep reading for our tips on how best to navigate your way around the room.
YOUR ICON GUIDE
Yep, we heard you. For a while now Palooza fans have been asking us about how to find organic, biodynamic and vegan wines at our events, so this year we’re giving it to you on a platter – with icons! We’ve always been about the “good wine” movement, which is why these conscious producers party with us in the first place. Now all that’s left to do is to get tasting and find your favourite!
– VEGAN FRIENDLY WINE
– ORGANIC (Certified or in conversion)
– BIODYNAMIC (Certified or in conversion)
– MINIMAL / LOW INTERVENTION
WHAT WE’RE EATING
You can’t live on pinot noir alone, (haven’t we all tried??) so this year, we’ve gone all out. Below are but some of the incredible food folk we have in store for you.
Full menus will be live soon but expect to see the likes of these guys…
Burn City Smokers
Mile End Bagels
Bruny Island Cheese
– plus more to come!
2019 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Our People’s Choice award has fast become a Pinot Palooza highlight, with winners bathed in glory, cheered by fans and featured in the Pinot Palooza magazine each year.
This time ’round, we’re ramping things up with a dedicated awards ceremony where the winners from each city in the tour will be announced (all 11 of them), along with an overall global winner. The awards ceremony will take place at REVEL HQ on December 5, 2019 (stay tuned for more deets on that).
So what’s in it for you? Plenty.
By simply voting you go into the draw to win a dozen of REVEL wine glasses and a REVEL Golden Ticket – which means you and a mate get to go to any of our Melbourne events (or partner events) FREE for an entire year. Plus, you and 3 of your mates get to come to the awards night in December. Yass!
How to vote? Look for roving REVEL staff toting iPads or hit up the Info Desk.
GET VOTING! HAVE YOUR SAY AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCER.
WHAT WE’RE DRINKING: BEER & CIDER
The need for an afternoon beer or cider is especially real after tasting a room full of pinot. Ask any winemaker and they’ll tell you that a lot of beer goes into making great wine!
Take a pinot pitstop and refresh your palate with a restorative bev from our pals at Sailor’s Grave Brewing, Stone and Wood Brewing Co. and Willie Smith’s Cider.
WHAT WE’RE DRINKING: VERMOUTH
Everyone loves a spritz, that’s a fact. Melbourne, you proved it last year; Bar Vermouth went off so we’re bringing it back for 2019. Once again, the crew from Maidenii will be on hand for tastings, cocktails and a garnish of charming chit chat. Cin cin!
French wine maker Gilles Lapalus and Australian bartender Shaun Byrne came together to create Maidenii using both native and traditional leaves, flowers, fruits, herbs and spices. The final product can be enjoyed straight up or in a cocktail.
- Maidenii Dry
- Maidenii Classic
- Maidenii Sweet
- Maidenii Kina
- Dry & Dry – $10
- Maidenii Spritz – $10
- Le Tonic & Tonic – $10
- Negroni Spritz – $15
Award-winning Port Melbourne-based whisky distillery Starward has established itself as a firm favourite for Aussie lovers of a good tipple, and this year they’re bringing the goods to Palooza. They’ll be offering tastes of their top shelf drops plus sharing a sneak peek of a rather special new whisky aged in pinot noir barrels – don’t miss it.
Um, Whisky Palooza anyone?
PINOT PALOOZA: UNEARTHED
This batch of producers are of the small, off-the-beaten-track variety; with the makings of being the superstars of tomorrow. Up and comers, fringe dwellers and lone wolves. They’re the guys and girls who are starting out, digging deep and having a damn good crack. We’re big fans and know you will be too.
Check out the line-up below.
CAMPBELL BURTON WINES
Campbell is a legend of the industry and known for his incomparable passion and energy. He’s also a bloody good story-teller and has what has got be the best laugh in the business (try him out). Cam distributes an inspired range of wines that come from producers that typically focus on small batches, organic farming and minimal intervention. Cam can always be trusted to come up with some really interesting booze so go talk to the man.
THE LINE UP
Expect to see the likes of the below with more to follow
- Good Intentions
- Pat Underwood
- Schmolzer & Brown
- Pat Sullivan
- Two Tonne Tasmania
- and many more!
DJs SKIN CONTACT ARE BACK
Hold onto your wine glass, the DJ crew that knows how to get the pinot party started will be in the house once again. Back by popular demand, our favourite lunatics from Adelaide – DJ Skin Contact – will be bringing the bangers like there’s no tomorrow. So take a break from your tasting schedule, grab yourself a spritz and let the rhythm take control. For a taster, check out Skin Contact’s warm-up playlist.
Relax, guys; this magazine isn’t about percentage points or star ratings or big words that no one understands, it’s about discovering what’s wonderful about pinot noir. Along the way you’ll meet some wonderful people and visit some of our favourite parts of the pinot world – so fill your glass and come along for the ride.
And yes, you’ll get a FREE copy at the event.
Are you one of the lucky ones to secure VIP tickets? Well, you’re in for a treat this year. Not only do you get your own entrance, you’ll be greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival and have your very own VIP area to retreat to throughout the day (aka your oasis of calm in a sea of pinot noir).
What else? Milawa Cheese Co. will be offering complimentary samples of their incredible cheese, plus you’ll have prime position for a bunch of free talks designed to give you the inside word on who and what is making pinot noir so cool right now.