One of our favourite Margaret River wineries and Australian icon, Voyager Estate, are now letting you go behind the scenes as part of their Wine Essentials Day. It’s an immersive and interactive experience full of grapes, wine, food and winemaking!
The day starts with a walk through the vineyards as you learn about the different characteristics of grape varietals, grape growing and seasonal influence.
After a divinely delicious morning tea (walking around vineyards is hungry work after all), you’ll move into the private tasting room to learn more about tasting wine.
The language of wine is often quite complex. Sometimes it’s as if winemakers and sommeliers are talking another language. In this session you’ll learn some of the techniques of wine tasting in an interactive and fun way.
You’ll discover your ideal wine, using a three step approach of appearance, aroma, and taste. You’ll gain an understanding of key wine descriptors and learn to identify the main characteristics of wine, especially in Margaret River varieties such as chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and semillon.
It’s then time to take your new tasting skills and apply them to food, with the basics of food and wine matching. (Sounds just awful, doesn’t it?)
By now you’ve worked up an appetite, so your table is reserved in the restaurant for the four-course wine-matched lunch simply known as the Voyager Estate Margaret River Discovery. This menu showcases the best of Margaret River produce, matched to the key regional varietals. (And take it from us, this lunch is one of the most outstanding wine lunch experiences in all of the Margaret River region!)
No day is complete without a look at the winemaking, so after lunch, you’re off to the winery with exclusive access to the technical staff, a barrel tasting and a look at Voyager Estate’s winemaking techniques and philosophies.
The day is limited to just six participants and is available any day of the week with at least two days’ prior notice. Leave your heels behind and dress comfortably for this experience, with closed toe flat shoes and layered clothing (Melbourne is not the only place that can get four seasons in one day!).
Most importantly, bring your curiosity and thirst for wine knowledge.