Pinot Palooza, Australia’s largest annual Pinot Noir and music festival, is returning to Brisbane to celebrate its fifth birthday.
Pinot Palooza — run by Bottle Shop Concepts, the same team responsible for Game of Rhones — combines everyone’s favourite grape with amazing food from some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs and tunes from live bands.
Over 100 of Australia’s hottest wine producers will be featured across this year’s Pinot Palooza events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland (with plans afoot to bring the festival to the US and Asia in 2017).
Since its inception in 2012, over 200 wineries have been involved in Pinot Palooza, with seven producers — Curly Flat (Macedon), Dalrymple (Tasmania), Greywacke (Marlborough), Josef Chromy (Tasmania), Moondarra (Gippsland), Mount Difficulty (Central Otago) and Yabby Lake (Mornington Peninsula) — having appeared at every event.
This year, they’ll be joined by renowned wineries like Ata Rangi, Stefano Lubiana, Shaw + Smith, Maude, Kooyong Est, Chatto, Charteris, Giant Steps, Craggy Range and Pegasus Bay. (Sadly, Tituss Burgess isn’t expected to be in attendance.)
Because you can’t survive on a diet of Pinot Noir alone, Ben Williamson from Gerard’s Bistro has been enlisted to supply food for the event. Popular craft brewers Young Henry’s will also be on hand, in case you inexplicably feel the need to drink beer instead of wine at Pinot Palooza.
“It’s incredible to think we’re five years old,” says festival director Dan Sims. “From the first, crazy one in 2012, it has been amazing to see the interest in and around the event grow and grow each year to now six cities and two countries. In the next five years, we’re determined to make Pinot Palooza the largest wine-drinker focused Pinot Noir celebration on the planet.”
Tickets ($60) are on sale now and include a take-home Plumm Vintage Red B glass. VIP tickets, which entitle attendees to pre-event access, a food voucher, time with the city’s best sommeliers and more, are available for $95.
Pinot Palooza will take place at Light Space (30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley) on Sunday 16 October from 1pm to 6pm. Tickets are available now at pinotpalooza.com.au.