Yazz Wine Fest

The town’s very own palooza is back in two weekends’ time.

Locals can swirl, sniff and sip their way through over 60 new, rare and award-winning wines, beers and spirits from the Canberra District – all in the one place.

Yazz Wine Fest returns bigger and better in its second year, bringing 15 wineries, two distilleries and a brewery to the Soldiers Memorial Hall, Yass on Saturday, November 17, 3-6pm.

EXPLORE: Over 60 new, rare and award-winning wines, beers and spirits, all in the one place. Picture: Kelsey Knight

EXPLORE: Over 60 new, rare and award-winning wines, beers and spirits, all in the one place. Picture: Kelsey Knight

Festival-goers can look forward to getting their hands on wines from Murrumbateman wine brand, Ravensworth, which has gained quite a following in the area but can often be hard to come by.

The all-new Local Spirit company from Canberra will also be showcasing its glittery Unicorn Vodka, which changes colour when mixed.

The other wineries included in the event are Capital Wines, Contentious Character, Crowe Wines, Dog Trap Wines, Enotria Wines, Gundog Estate, Joshua’s Fault, Kingsdale Wines (Goulburn), Mallaluka Wines, Mount Tumbarumba/On The Fly, Murrumbateman Winery, Pankhurst Wines, Sapling Yard and Sholto Wines.

The Canberra Distillery and StoneAge Brewing will also be pouring top drops on the day.

Yazz Wine Fest is run by Yazzbar, which has been promoting local wines since 2013.

Owner Harvey Walsh said the event was a great opportunity for people to get to know their local wines in the one place, including those from wineries without cellar doors. “Some are bigger, better-known wineries and some are very hard to find,” Mr Walsh said.

CHEERS: Festival-goers enjoy some of Crowe Wines' award-winning drops in 2017. Picture: supplied

CHEERS: Festival-goers enjoy some of Crowe Wines' award-winning drops in 2017. Picture: supplied

Yass local Chrissie Smith helps to organise the festival with Yazzbar and said it would also be an opportunity for people to buy Christmas presents and wines for the table on Christmas Day.

On arrival, ticket holders will receive a tasting glass, a wine bag and a booklet of all the wines with contact details, room for tasting notes and a scoring system, “for people to play wine judge,” Walsh said.

There will also be music from well-known jazz artist, Wayne Kelly, who will perform on the Yass Music Club’s grand piano on the stage, while everyone tastes below.

Food will be provided by The Pastor’s Pleasures and Thyme to Taste.

Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite and limited to 150 people, so get in quick and don’t miss out.

MEET: The winemakers and discover the stories behind the wines at Yazz Wine Fest. Picture: supplied

MEET: The winemakers and discover the stories behind the wines at Yazz Wine Fest. Picture: supplied

There are 15 spots left on the bus that will pick up and drop off people from the Canberra Theatre and Murrumbateman on request.

  • ​To book the bus or for more information, call 6226 3138 or 0474 198 444.
  • eventbrite.com.au/e/yazz-wine-fest-tickets-39240918644