Pol Roger or Veuve Clicquot? A decision we’d all like to make. On Sunday October 23 the National Wine Centre of Australia will host Champagne Fest, where you can do the choosing.
Drops from Champagne, France will be stacked up against some of Australia’s finest sparklings in a showcase of fizz. “Adelaide has never had a festival for sparkling wine before, so it’s going to be the very first,” says Sine Ryan, tourism coordinator at the National Wine Centre.
Because of the terroir of champagne, “the grapes have to be grown in the Champagne region. Otherwise it’s called sparkling wine,” says Ryan. “Australian sparkling wine is fantastic and we really just wanted to showcase both champagne and local bubbles alongside each other.”
Wines (including 16 from France and 11 from Australia) will be sold by the glass and bottle. If your wine knowledge is limited, you can tack a masterclass onto your ticket for $30.
National Wine Centre executive chef Tze Khaw is catering. There will be an oyster bar, paella and Yoder smoked salmon to pair with the drinks. Meat and vegetarian options will also be available.
Champagne Fest is on Sunday, October 23 from 11am–5pm at the National Wine Centre. Tickets are $25 (if pre-booked) or $30 at the door. This will grant you entry, a reusable glass and $6 worth of purchasing tokens. Sparkling starts at $6/glass and $30/bottle so no need to fear the champagne price tag.