The Eltham & Districts Winemakers Guild are holding our annual wine show on Sunday Nov 19 at the Veneto Club, Bulleen. Over 400 artisanal wines are available for tasting and over 200 people are expected.
Venue: Veneto Club
Address: 191 Bulleen Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105
Date: Sunday Nov 19
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Entry fee: $20
What is the Eltham Amateur Winemakers Guild all about?
The Guild is a not-for-profit organisation which was established in 1969 and is dedicated to all aspects of amateur wine making, wine education and wine appreciation. We have over 100 members and meet monthly on the last Friday of the month at 8pm at the Living and Learning Centre in Eltham.
We are focussed on all aspects of wine making, from growing grapes right through to judging wines. We have hands on pruning days in the vineyard, run wine making courses and we learn how to make a wine and store wine. The highlight each year is our Wine Show.
Our Wine show is a chance for our members and non-members to submit their wines for judging and get some useful and constructive feedback on the quality of the wine and suggestions for improvement. This year we are staging this at the Veneto Club in Bulleen. On Saturday Nov 18 we have the judging day where over 400 wines will be assessed. On Sunday Nov 19, we open the doors to the public from 10.30am to 2.30pm for a chance to taste the wines and they also get a chance to talk to the winemakers. We are expecting more than 200 people to visit.
Just $20 to taste over 400 wines and visitors get to take home a free tasting glass. They can also attend some workshops where they can learn about how to make kombucha, sourdough bread and learn how judges assess wines. We also have a number of exhibitors so you can taste olive oil, cheese and even learn about some alternative grape varieties and there are some fabulous door prizes to give away.
We also focus on making so called “country” wines. You may have heard of wines made from honey which is called mead and cider which is made from apples and kombucha which is made by fermenting tea. However, you can also make wine by fermenting the sugars from fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. Come and try some of these that will be on tasting at the show. We also offer a same day wine testing service using a Sentia hand held device.
How can people learn how to make wine?
Firstly, there is a lot of information on the internet and on our website amateurwine.org.au. Secondly, become a member of the guild and join one of our wine making classes or simply buddy up with one of our winemakers. A good start is to come along to the wine show next Sunday or come along to one of our monthly meetings. However, as always, we encourage you to drink responsibly.