Fun fact: Sydney Harbour is dotted with uninhabited, drop dead gorgeous islands that most residents of the Emerald City know nothing about. Even more fun fact: one of these, Clark Island (that alluring rocky outcrop directly off Darling Point) is set to host Sydney's first ever Wine Island, a three day picnic-style festival with an emphasis on the finer things in life: think rock oysters, excellent vino, sliders and sangria in the sunshine.
Australia's top sommeliers will descend on the island for the festival, with over 100 new wave and classic wines in tow. The boys from Young Henry's will be there to talk beer, gin and cider and Bar H and Applejack Hospitality Group (the guys behind Bondi Hardware, The Butler, SoCal and The Botanist) are doing the food, along with the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, Oysters Unplugged and Huon Aquaculture. For those who aren't content simply kicking back in the sunshine, wine masterclasses will run throughout, from Buoyant Bubbles (an in-depth look at Australian sparkling, prosecco and moscato) to New Wave Wines.
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Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the three-day festival, which runs from Friday November 13 to Sunday November 15. $79.90 gets you vintage ferry transfers (with a glass of bubbly for the ride) from either Circular Quay, Rose Bay or Kirribilli, access to the island lounge, 10 wnie tastings and glassware. The VIP package, $179.90, adds on unlimited wine tasting tokens, access to the VIP Island Bar, a complimentary seafood and cheese bar and complimentary sommelier service. Head to wineisland.com.au.