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Save the Date: Pinot Palooza Is Returning to Its Spring Timing for Its 2023 East Coast Tour

Australia's pinot parties are back, hitting up Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in October.
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
March 22, 2023
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
March 22, 2023

If you listen carefully, you might just hear the sound of a light- to medium-bodied red wine sloshing around a glass. That's because the world's favourite celebration of pinot noir is returning again in 2023, with Pinot Palooza also settling back into its pre-pandemic spring timeslot.

In its decade of life to-date, the Melbourne-born wine tasting festival has become a global affair, with an estimated 65,000 tickets sold globally before its 2022 events. But once COVID-19 hit in 2020, the popular event was shelved for two-and-a-half years, before making a comeback last year.

This year — in the wine-swilling fest's 11th year — it has October dates locked in for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, all for a two-day stint. So far, venues are yet to be announced. Also, tickets will go on sale in May.

The vino-sipping fun will play out similarly to before, although exactly who'll be doing the pouring is also yet to be revealed. Whoever it is, Pinot Palooza's lineup always spans drops from Australia, New Zealand and further afield. Last year, more than 70 winemakers came to the party.

As always, attendees will spend their session swirling and sampling that huge array of pinot noir, and hitting up pop-up bars and food stalls between drinks.

And, while Pinot Palooza as a standalone fest only has east coast dates for 2022, in Perth it's part of an already-announced collaboration with cheese festival Mould.


Friday, October 6–Saturday, October 7: Sydney, venue TBC
Friday, October 13–Saturday, October 14: Brisbane, venue TBC
Friday, October 27–Saturday, October 28: Melbourne, venue TBC

Pinot Palooza will tour Australia's east coast in October 2023. For more information, and for tickets from May, head to the event's website.

Published on March 22, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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