Family-owned Howard Park Wines is growing its presence in the Margaret River wine region with the acquisition of two new vineyard sites, in addition to welcoming a new member to its experienced viticulture team.
Australia’s first sweet wine symposium will celebrate the diversity of sweeter style wine varieties produced in Australia.
The symposium is being held on the 20th and 21st of October in the Margaret River region.
The inaugural event is taking place at Happs Wines, kicking off with an event that will feature 20 sweet wine tasting stations located throughout the winery.
Styles include Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris and Late Harvest.
There’s a chance to meet with winemakers and marketing experts on the Sunday.
People can also participate in a masterclass and discover the evolution of sweet wines in Australia.
The weekend program will be rounded off with a lunch paired with sweet wines – showcasing the many flavours that can be matched with these styles.
Organisers hope the event will increase awareness and acceptance of sweet wines to the greater wine loving community.
Happs Wines manager, Leah Clearwater, said she was surprised there was no other event like it in Australia.
“I believe this will bring sweet-wine-lovers out in numbers and we look forward to joining with other Aussie producers to reveal some of the incredible sweet wines being produced out there,” she said.
Sweet wines can be enjoyed with a variety of foods, including with a spicy curry, or with cheese and crackers.
It is hoped the symposium will help consumers reconnect with Australia’s sweeter wines, which are seeing good growth in both the domestic and international retail markets.
Brown Brothers Milawa assistant winemaker and brand ambassador, Katherine Brown, said it was a great initiative to ensure that sweet wines were taken seriously.
“Of course, we can still drink them for the good fun that they are but understand that it takes a lot of time and skill to make this style of wine,” she said.
“One of the bestselling white wines in Australia is a Moscato style wine and this fact is overlooked by many of the industry as it is not taken as a serious wine. Bringing industry and consumers together to discuss and enjoy these wines is going to be a fabulous event for all that get involved,” said Brown.
Entry to the event costs $30, which includes branded glassware and the chance to give a People’s Choice vote for each category.