If your wine of choice is a riesling — or you're just as partial to a chilled drop on a hot summer day — this event will get your tastebuds going. Riesling Downunder, the triennial festival dedicated to one of the world's most diverse white wines, returns in 2018 — and this time it is bringing its Riesling Riot event to Melbourne. Winemakers and lovers will gather at the Plaza Ballroom on Sunday, February 4 to sample the best, newest and most unique rieslings on the market. The event is presented by leading Australian Riesling makers Frankland Estate, Jim Barry Wines and Pike Wines. It will feature over 70 producers from around the world with winemakers from New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the US due to make the journey.
The versatility of riesling is to thank for its surge in popularity Down Under; Australia now sits behind only Germany in plantings. Due to in part to innovations made by modern winemakers, the flavour profiles of a riesling-based drop range from crisp and citrusy to something sweeter. So in the eclectic mix of cuisines that make up the Australian food scene, pairing options are aplenty with this grape and Riesling Riot will give you the know-how to nail it every time.
Tickets are available from for $60 (plus booking fee).