45 wineries will be among the 70+ stands at the biggest UnWined Subiaco event yet!

UnWined Subiaco on October 27 and 28.

Wine producers are increasingly recognising that versatility is a key in adding to their bottom line.

Taste of UnWined Subiaco

Director of wine and food festival UnWined Subiaco, Richard Campbell, said the results of several wineries moves to broaden their product offerings would be seen at this year’s UnWined Subiaco on October 27 and 28 with at least six exhibitors showing off more than one product.

These include 3drops in Mt Barker which was planted out with olive trees in 1997 before planting their first grape vines in 1999.

Small Swan Valley wine producer Pandemonium Estate, which has been owned by Martin Buck and Loraine Donlevy since 2007, have this year turned their hands to producing an artisan gin from their grapes as well as their range of red and white wines.

Harmans Winery in Margaret River has been much publicised in the media for its move into the production of the South American style liqueur Pisco, much to the annoyance of the Government of Peru which claims the right to use the name.

Winemaker Greg Garnish says the cost of the legal fight against Peru has forced them to change the name of the drink and UnWined Subiaco is likely to be the last time it will be available – although the product will continue to be made under another name.

Since launching its Margaret River Pisco, Harmans has also launched its Gin Gin Gin made from Chardonnay grapes, triple distilled and infused with certified organic botanicals.

The Lake House Denmark owned by Garry Capelli and Leanne Rogers has expanded its award-winning wine range to include Vinofood mustards, jams and jellies, chutneys and relishes, savoury sauces, vinegars and dressings, sweet sauces, chocolates and sweet things, antipasto and syrup.

Mountford Wines, established at Pemberton in 1987 by Andrew and Sue Mountford quickly gained a reputation for its high quality wines and has since expanded its product range to include Tangletoe ciders and cider vinegar.

This year it has also released Australia’s first truffle liqueur made by winemaker Saxon Mountford from David Pottinger’s Pottinger Truffles.

Margaret River winery Hutton Wines has also broadened its offering at UnWined this year and along with its Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon will be bringing The Hop Doctors craft beers.

Mr Campbell said that with a competitive wine market it made sense for wineries to use their existing infrastructure to offer a wider range of products to the public.

We look forward to the public being able to sample the beers and ciders, spirits, condiments and olive oil these innovative producers are bringing to this year’s festival.

What to expect at UnWined Subiaco

Around 45 wineries will be among the 70 or so stands at the biggest UnWined event yet.

It will be held at Market Square Park on Roberts Road, Subiaco.

Adding to the diversity will be a Sparkling Cocktail Bar serving Gin Fizz made with Castelli Estate Sparkling Pinot; Cranberry Cry made with Garbin Estate Sparkling Rose, Sparkling Citrus made with La Violetta Sparkling Pet Nat and a Sangria Surprise made with Moojelup Farm Sparkling Shiraz.

A Wine Theatre will be offering wine and food pairing tastings for $20 and wine tasting sessions for $10. Chef Charlie Vargas from New Normal will be doing the wine and food pairings on Saturday.

The popular Club Lounge will again include event admission, a premium Plumm souvenir glass and complimentary wine with a gourmet barbecue during the afternoon and VIP toilets. Tickets are $115 and only available for pre-purchase, with Saturday nearly sold out.

With undercover and garden courtyard areas available in the Club Lounge, it will host up to 80 guests each day with tables and seating for comfort and convenience. Groups of 10 will be available for $99 per head.

Guests will be free to explore the exhibitor line up and sample from the stands on show with the Club Lounge always available as a retreat to catch up with friends and other guests.

Live music from JMQ Duo and Hart Trio will entertain guests on both the Saturday and Sunday.

For visitors to UnWined Subiaco looking to take their wine tasting to a higher level, the organisers are again offering a premium souvenir Plumm wine glass for the event. The Plumm Tasting Ticket is available for second release for $37 and at the gate for $40, with the first release sold out.

General admission costs, second release $27 tickets are now available online, or at the gate for $30 and includes entry, souvenir glass, live music, complimentary wine locker and complimentary wine tasting.

Wines will also be available to buy by the glass to drink at the event or by the bottle to take home.

A wine locker will be available to store bottles until visitors are ready to go home.

“UnWined Subiaco has the largest WA winery participation of any event in the state, right in the heart of Perth – a great way to explore what the regions have to offer,” Mr Campbell said.

UnWined Subiaco Details

UnWined Subiaco will be open from 11.30am to 5.30pm on both days.

Eats: Tapas styled food will be available for purchase.

Drinks: As well as a host of wineries, gin, rum, pisco, Pimms, beer and cider will be available.

For those wanting to kick on in Subiaco there are restaurants and bars offering amazing food and beverage.

More details and tickets are available from wineandfood.com.au/unwinedsubiaco

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