Going to Vino Paradiso? That's awesome!
With 83 wineries through, you're probably wondering where the hidden superstars are.
So with heaps of experience between us, here's our pick of 5 absolute must do's.
1. Mount Majura (Canberra)
First foot forward. This is absolutely, absolutely unmissable.
Cool climate wines that are simply phenomenal. Tempranillo, Graciano, a 3 varietal blend, and that's just the reds.
Their wines are guaranteed to taste different to what you normally drink, and there are a couple with genuine, jaw-dropping wow factor.
2. Eden Road (Canberra)
One of the coolest wineries on show, beautifully mixing regional classics like Shiraz and Chardonnay with lesser seen varietals like Nebbiolo and a pink Pinot Grigio.
And this is what we love about Eden Road. You've probably tasted a Shiraz from the Barossa, but from Gundagai?
Unlike Mount Majura, a couple of their wines can really divide opinion on taste (which is to be honest, great fun!). Their quality however, is not in doubt. Well worth the taste test to see which side of the fence you sit.
3. CRFT (Adelaide Hills)
CRFT are relatively new on the scene but have definitely hit the ground running. They are all about single vineyard sites which means some awesome wines that are a true expression of the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and Eden Valley.
Our favourite is their Gewurtztraminer which goes brilliantly with aromatic and mildly spiced dishes.
Going for Thai?
Make your evening even better.
4. Pepper Tree (Hunter Valley)
If you've been to the Hunter Valley, you may well have been to Pepper Tree.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't go when they're in Sydney this weekend. This is excellent wine across the board - their consistency is seriously impressive. There's a very good reason you may have already heard of them.
A bonus - Pepper Tree makes wines from all around the country. Want to taste the Hunter, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Tasmania and Orange in one place?
Try their 'Coquun' Reserve Shiraz 2013 and scream in ecstasy to the crowds '97 points'- awarded to this drop by James Halliday for his 2016 wine bible.
5. Coriole (Barossa)
Masters of Italian varieties - Coriole make some rippingly good wines.
How to describe them in a sentence... Their wines combine the Barossa's fruit power and drinkability with your "oh wow, that's different, and I really like that" expression.
That's not to down play it, this is high class wine. It's a must do.
We hope you have a fantastic time!
Andy, Andy and Andrew
The Tasting Glass