Time Out says
Live the tropical paradise dream at this wine festival on a harbour island
Leave your passport at home and prepare for the ultimate winey weekend escape without leaving the city limits. Wine Island will return in November, bringing its celebration of all things vinous back to Clark Island in Sydney Harbour. Running over three days, guests will be ferried from the Man O War steps on the mainland to the island with a bubbly beverage in hand.
Once on land, you can kick back, enjoy the island soundtrack and sample exciting wines and summery snacks. There’ll be wine, spirit and cocktail making and tasting masterclasses and treasure hunts to keep you entertained, plus a beauty bar to get you in that island spa headspace.
Your ticket to the grown up grape juice fest will include five tastings or unlimited pours at the wine stalls (depending on ticket type). Bottles have been ferried in from around Australia and abroad and include vintages from grand vineyards by Hungerford Hill, Grant Burge Wines, Petaluma, Tulloch Wines and Yealands Family Wines. If you need a break from the wine world, there’ll also be stalls by Manly Spirits and Birx Distillers whipping up refreshing mixers, as well as food shacks serving snacks and desserts in the form of burgers, fresh seafood, yum cha, cheese and charcuterie, and gelato.
There are two sessions each day (10am-2pm and 4-8pm) so you can choose between a boozy brunch a or a twilight wine tasting. Either way, you’ll need to arrive at the Man O War steps at least 45 minutes before your session, ready for the ferry that will whisk you away. And this year, if you opt for the fanciest package (it’ll set you back $299 per person) your voyage to the island will be on a private Hamptons-style floating island.