We can't think of a much better way to launch into the sunny season than a day spent on an island, gorging on delicious food and wine. With that we say bring on Wine Island 2018, which will take over Sydney's Clark Island for an indulgent weekend of wine tasting from November 2–4.
As always, the well-loved food and wine festival promises a packed lineup, starting with the glass of Italian bubbly you'll enjoy on the boatride over. The island itself is set up as the ultimate boozy adult playground, between the Pimms Garden Bar, the Gage Roads Brewing Co. Beer Garden, and Archie Rose's gin cocktail bar. There'll also be a swag of masterclasses curated by the team at Wine Selectors, covering everything from the art of music and wine matching, to a dessert session helmed by 12 Micron's Ashley Smith.
Swing by the chill-out zone to pair some top-notch vino with even better views, or cruise the various wine stalls sampling a huge array of local and international drops. And, to keep you fuelled for that big day of wine appreciation, expect food options galore, from oysters and cheese platters, to buns from your mates at Chur Burger.
There are three Wine Island ticket packages available, starting with the $99 'five-star experience', which includes ferry transfers, five tastings, a souvenir tumbler and a glass of bubbly. If you're feel extremely opulent you can pay $399 and experience the whole thing from a superyacht.