Back for its fourth consecutive year, Sydney’s favourite wine and food festival, Wine Island will once again give holidaymakers the opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and escape to the tropics of Wine Island.



From Friday November 2nd to Sunday November 4th, Clark Island will play host to an impressive smorgasbord of boutique Australian and international wines, island cocktails, treasure hunts, silent discos and delicious epicurean eats whilst providing postcard views across the world famous harbour.   

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To get everyone in the holiday spirit, a glass of bubbles will be provided on the journey over by none other than the original makers of the famous peach Bellini cocktail from Venice, Italy. That’s right, the Bellini Boats brought to you by Bellini Cipriani will be the perfect way to settle into your wine adventure.


Once you arrive on its idyllic shore, you can head on over to the popular masterclasses by the crew at Wine Selectors. They’ve got a fluid line up of entertaining classes coming your way including the music and wine matching phenomenon that is the Wine Island Silent Disco, topped off with the sweet-as Dessert Island thanks to Ashley Smith, Head Pastry Chef at 12 Micron.

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Wine not your thing? (Said no one ever) 2018 will see the biggest line up of alternative bevvies – start with a visit to the Gage Roads Brewing Co. Beer Garden who will be pouring their award-winning ales from Freo, WA, pop over to the Archie Rose Gin bar where you can indulge in a curated menu of premium gin cocktails including the Island Spritz or visit the Pimms Garden bar to indulge in a refreshing Pimms Cocktail.


A short saunter up to the highest point of the island will bring you to the ‘Unwined with Cellarmasters’ chill-out zone. Vibing with all the festival feels, this is a special place to relax and soak in the island’s best views while enjoying award-winning wines.

Serving up satiable sustenance for our stranded islanders, the delicious menu is jam packed with juicy burgers, loaded fries, Mediterranean pitas, fluffy boa buns by Chur Burger Food Truck along with cheese platters and oysters galore!


So, whether you want a picnic with your friends on the hilltop, or a first-class experience aboard the island Superyacht, visitors can create their ideal itinerary from the three ticket packages; 5 Star, 7 Star and 10 Star.


Packages to paradise begin at $99 for the 5 Star experience and includes 5 wine tastings, a Wine Island tumbler, ferry transfers and a glass of Bellini Cipriani for the journey across to wine lovers paradise.


For $199, the 7 Star experience includes unlimited wine tastings, ferry transfers and a glass of Bellini Cipriani on board the ferry to the island, Wine Island tumbler and bag, exclusive access to the 7 Star Bar with premium vantage point and VIP masterclasses, and a meal voucher to choose from one of the bespoke island menus.


The 10 Star luxury Superyacht experience will transfer the top end of town to Wine Island where the yacht will form an exclusive base for the day. From $399 per head, guests will enjoy all that comes with living an indulgent life from Grant Burge’s premium wines along with delicious food from your private chef, to wine tastings on the island. Limited tickets are available.



All tickets to be purchased via:

Group Bookings (10+) – Friday 3 August at 9am

Pre sale to members*   – Friday 10 August at Midday
General on sale                –  Monday 13 August at 9am

*Become a member at by Thursday 9 August to receive the exclusive link to access pre-sale tickets.

For more information on ticket inclusions, please refer to the Wine Island website.

**Information and Images Courtesy of Wine Island/The Modern Society Agency – Katie Philips



Connie Lambeth

The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

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