Pinot Palooza

Things to do, Fairs and festivals
Thre girls behind a wine stall
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Time Out says

Everyone's favourite red has a dedicated festival

Pinot Palooza is marking its eighth year as Australia’s largest annual pinot noir festival, and while that may sound crazy specific, it goes hard every year because people love pinot, especially 100 pinots in one place that are open and ready for tasting.

The festival tours the country (with a pittstop in NZ and this year also Los Angeles) and the 2019 edition will again be held at Carriageworks. Standard tickets cost you $65, but you don't have to fuss with tasting tokens, as the price includes every drop of easy drinking pinot. It's a bargain for all the wine tastings from the likes of Moondarra, Vinteloper, Mt Difficulty, Charteris, and Chatto, to name a few. Plus for a change of pace there will be a vermouth bar and a few beers on hand. There are also food stalls, classes, performances and good times in store. And if you want to upgrade there's a VIP experience with sparkling on arrival, fancy masterclasses and access to a dedicated lounge for $90. 

Line your stomach with Burger Project burgers, French food from La Bastide, pulled pork quesadillas from Porteño, organic street food from Agape, epic pizza from Epic Pizza, and cheese platters from the Yarra Valley Dairy. Then you're ready to taste your way around the room, and take your wine glass home with you at the end of the day.


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