Champagne Fest 2019: a day dedicated to champagne comes back to Adelaide this October

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Champagne Fest is back! Champagne Fest 2019 will take place on 27 October.

At the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, Champagne Fest 2019 will lead you on a champagne and sparkling wine tasting voyage.

 

THE DAY

To drink?

There will be more than 40 different champagnes available on the day. In addition, there will also be sparkling wines from Australia, America and from across Europe.

 

To eat?

The National Wine Centre’s Executive Chef, Steven Clark, has created a menu of fresh seafood and local produce.

 

Entertainment?

Brian Ruiz and Entertainment Adelaide will get you up and dancing with their music.

 

ENTRANCE TICKET

Your Champagne Fest 2019 entry ticket gives you:

  • champagne and sparkling wine tastings from $2 per tasting;
  • wines to be bought by the glass or by the bottle;
  • access to the dancefloor and the tunes from Brian Ruiz an Entertainment Adelaide;
  • seafood and other local produce to buy from the various food stations.

These tickets cost $25 (in advance or $30 on the day) and not only give you entrance to Champagne Fest 2019 but also $8 credit to buy food or drink at Champagne Fest 2019.

 

Deviation Road Sparkling VIP PACKAGE

The Deviation Road Sparkling VIP Room, in the gallery on the first floor of the National Wine Centre gives you the perfect opportunity to make the most of Champagne Fest 2019.

 

Deviation Road makes interesting cool climate wines from mature vines in the Adelaide Hills. Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a 5-generation tradition of family wine-making. Their range of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines have received many accolades, confirming their status as one of the leading sparkling wine producers in Australia.

 

Hamish and Kate Laurie. Image: Deviation Road website

 

Also, did you know that Kate Laurie studied champagne production in France? She studied her two year advanced diploma in winemaking and oenology at the Lycée Viticole d’Avize and even wrote her thesis in French!

 

You Deviation Road VIP ticket costs $150 and gives you:

  • entry to Champagne Fest ($25 for entry alone)
  • access to the Deviation Road VIP zone, where you can talk to Kate et Hamish Laurie from Deviation Road about their wines and wine-making processes;
  • a 5 hour food and drink package: canapés and a selection of sparkling, white and red wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks.
G.H. Mumm Champagne VIP pACKAGE

This package, which is making its debut in 2019, is already sold out.

From midday to 5pm, this package gives you access to the G.H. Mumm chamapgne VIP Room for a 5 hours food and drink package including champagne, white and red wines, beer, cider and soft drinks as well as a selection of foods.

 

MASTERCLASSES

If you’re not happy with just drinking champagne at Champagne Fest, there are two masterclasses which might interest you. The National Wine Centre’s sommelier, James, and a panel of some of Australia’s best producers of sparkling wine will lead the classes.

 

Champagne Fest: Grower Masterclass 

12:00 – 12:45 | $75

There are more than 3,500 champagne growers brands, of which each of them only makes champagne from their own grapes. This class will highlight 6 grower/makers from different parts of the champagne region from Agrapart to Pierre Peters.

 

Champagne Fest: Better late, than never  

2:00pm – 2:45pm | $95

Late Disgorgement or dégorgement tardif refers to the late release of a Sparkling wine with an extended time on lees. This class will take you through some of the panel’s favourite L.D Champagnes and compare them with some local counterparts.

 

TICKETS – Champagne Fest 2019

 

Entry only: $25 online (or $30 at the entry to Champagne Fest 2019)

Deviation Road VIP Package:  $150

GH Mumm VIP Package: $200 SOLD OUT

 

You can purchase your entry tickets or the packages here.

 

You can also purchase tickets to the masterclasses here.

 

If you wish to read more about Champagne Fest, you can also read our review of Champagne Fest 2017.

 

What’s your favourite champagne? Have you already tried Deviation Road’s sparkling wines?

 

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Champagne Fest: a day of champagne, great food and dancing

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This Sunday, the National Wine Centre in Adelaide will again host the Champagne Fest. It’s a day to indulge in French Champagne and stunning Australian Sparkling Wines from the world’s best bubble-producing regions. You can enjoy locally sourced seafood and fresh produce with tunes provided by DJ Driller to entertain you all afternoon.

 

If you want to learn more about champagne and to taste some special champagnes, you can at Champagne Fest! There will be two sessions of 45 minutes, each costing $40 per person in addition to the Champagne Fest entry ticket. Bookings are a must.

The first, the ‘Grower Champagne Session starts at midday. During this session, you will taste singles origin wines. Among the growers will be Agrapart and Egly Ouriet.

 

The second, the Vintage Champagne Session starts at 2pm. This session will look at the art of vintage champagne, which requires at least 3 years of ageing in bottle. But most champagne houses only release their bottles after 7 or 8 years in bottle. You can taste champagne from small and larger makers in this session.

 

There is also a special VIP package called  “Let us take you on a bubbly journey” but it has long sold out. For $150 per person, you have entry to Champagne Fest as well to the VIP zone where you can drink as much as you like from a selection of champagne, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beer, cider and soft drinks over 5 hours. You will need to book these tickets fast next year so as to not miss out.

 

Tickets

You can buy your Champagne Fest tickets as well as for the champagne sessions here.

 

Entry ticket:  $25 per person or $30 on the day), which includes your first glass of sparkling wine up to a value of $8.

 

What are your favourite champagnes?