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Newcastle Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree with Dandelion Vineyards

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEST

Newcastle wine lovers, we are back with your next Fab Ladies Wine event this May! Grab your glass, gather your wine loving friends (or come on your own to make new ones!) and join us for a glorious night with the 2022 McLaren Vale Winemaker of the Year, Elena Brooks, founder and winemaker of Dandelion Vineyards.

Elena’s story is quite incredible. As a young girl in Bulgaria, Elena’s mother worked in a winery. The demise of the Soviet Republic opened the door to an influx of westerners interested in the age-old history of wine making in these former states. Many Australians visited and stayed at the winery and as the only one able to speak English, Elena started helping translate after school. By the age of 12, she was interpreting barrel tastings with the winemakers. By the age of 15, she had the wine knowledge and vocabulary of a veteran, and by 16 she was making her first batches of Chardonnay!

After study she ventured and worked in many amazing wine regions of the world, and has now settled with her husband and two children in McLaren Vale. With the myriad of award winning wines she now makes under Dandelion Vineyards, Elena is recognised as one of Australia’s brightest stars.

Elena will be hosting us – sharing her story and her wines – for this glorious dinner for our Newcastle members and friends!
The BRAND NEW venue Ravella’s Newcastle will be hosting us for this, with a bespoke five-course menu created and provided by the award winning Alfie’s.

  • A delicious Five Course Dinner + Eight Matching Wines from Dandelion Vineyards
  • An introduction (or refresher!) to the wines and story of Elena Brooks and Dandelion Vineyards
  • Be personally hosted by Elena & Jane Thomson OAM (The FLWS)
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Loads of fun and friendship with other wine loving women

NOT ALREADY A MEMBER? No problemo! It’s FREE to join us and be part of Australia’s largest wine community for women. Members get a $25 discount on their ticket price too, so go ahead and join right now right here.

WHAT ARE THE FABULOUS LADIES’ WINE SOCIETY EVENTS ABOUT? This is all about bringing together women who love wine and introducing you to women who produce wine! Over an evening of wining, dining, learning and laughing. Most importantly, as a wine drinker and buyer, you are given the chance to directly support the women who make it. 

WANT TO COME WITH FRIENDS? Great! You can book separately, or together, and we’ll make sure you’re seated together on the night.

THINKING OF COMING ON YOUR OWN? That’s no problem either! Lots of people do. And we’ll seat you with some fabulous wine loving women who’ll quickly become new friends.

Terms & Conditions of Booking

Tickets: Don’t worry about printing your tickets, as we will have a list of registered names at the door!

Seating: Want to be seated with a particular group of people? No problem! Just make your preferences known on arrival at the venue and we’ll be sure you all wine and dine together. If you have a group larger than 4, please advise us prior to the event by emailing

Arriving late: Please note that late arrivals are permitted, however you may miss out on any wine or food that has already been served.

Cancellations: No refunds are permitted. We know this is strict, however hospitality has tight margins and events are tough to execute at the best of times – COVID just made all that tougher. Your ticket is fully transferable though so you can send someone else in your place. Just let us know so we’ve got the right name at the door.

Dietary restrictions: We are more than delighted to try and cater for any dietary restrictions, however our ability to do so is dependant on the venue we are working with. You must submit your dietary request at the time of booking in the booking form OR email us at with specific details.

PLEASE NOTE that upon booking you agree to the fact that The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society is not responsible for the food and beverages consumed at our events. The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society acts solely as agent in arranging wine related events and does not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, loss or damage due to any act or fault of any company, organisation or person whom we engage to render services or carry out arrangements or by the act of default of any restaurant or venue or its employees.


May 9
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEST


The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society


48 Watt St
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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