Yesterday I headed along to Unwined Subiaco. The Travelling Corkscrew absolutely loves this event and since she was unable to head along with Mr Spittoon, I happily went along in her place.
A big thank you to Richard and the team at CMS Events for inviting us along for the day.
If you’re looking to head along today (Sunday) there are still tickets available for purchase at the gate.
We made sure to get the festival early which was a great idea. Below is the line waiting to get in at 11:25am, 5 minutes before the doors opened.
You couldn’t have asked for a better day with a top temperature of 27 degrees, the crowd and wine producers were absolutely buzzing.
Before heading along, I was chatting to the Travelling Corkscrew about what angle I would take for writing this year’s round-up article and that was when I set myself the task to try a wine from each producer at the festival. I almost did it too! I managed to visit 41 of 42 wine producers who were in attendance and here is how our day went.
Talisman – Sauvignon Blanc Fume
Xabregas – Sparkling Riesling
We popped along to the wine theatre at 12 noon to try 3 WA white wines which were matched with locally sourced food by Charlie Vargas (on the left) from New Normal Bar & Kitchen in Subiaco.
This was the first time that they had run this type of event which is in addition to the wine only tasting education sessions.
Tickets were $20 in addition to the entry into the festival, but were absolutely worth it!
Blair Hill (pictured above on the right) from the Wine Education Centre introduced us to each of the wines which included:
- Cape Grace Wines – 2017 Chenin Blanc
- Redgate Wines – 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
- Hutton Wines – Chardonnay 2017
Each wine was elegantly matched with a dish. We were in wine and food heaven!
Fermoy Estate – Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Gilberts – Riesling
Howard Park – Miamup Rose
Lancaster – Verdelho
Moojelup Farm – Shiraz
Pandemonium Estate – Savagnin
3 Drops – Reisling
DeBortoli – Prosecco
Willespie – Verdelho
Vineyard 28 – Arneis
Sittella – Sparkling Chenin Blanc Brut
Mountford Organic Wine – Pinot Noir
Mountford Organic Wine – Australia’s 1st truffle liqueur cocktail
Picardy – Pinot Noir
Flying Fish Cove – Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Flying Fish Cove – Rose Kombucha Spritzer, made with the Offshore Rose
Happs – Fuchsia
The Lake House – Chardonnay
Cullen – Dancing in the Moonlight Rose
Brash Vineyard – Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Woodgate – Reserve Fume Blanc
Karribindi – Chardonnay Pinot
Passel Estate – Chardonnay
Morlet – Rose Petillant Naturel (Pet Nat)
Morlet – Merlot Petit Verdot
Heydon – Chardonnay
Saracen Estates – Sparkling Maree (with the Maree herself!)
Umamu – Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Silverstream – Reisling
Settlers Ridge – Lantana Rose
Trevelen Farm – Estate Reisling
Riverbank – Verdelho
The Alchemists – Sauvignon Blanc
Bunn – Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
Corymbia – Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend
Swinney – Tirra Lirra Reisling
After Hours – Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
House of Cards – ‘Three Card Monte’ Sauvignon Blanc
Faber Vineyard – Grenache
I couldn’t believe it. I got home and went through my photos and to my disbelief, we had missed Frog Choir.
We did line up for some time, but as the stand was so busy, we decided to come back later, and we forgot to go back. Sorry Frog Choir!
What Else Can You Do At UnWined Subiaco?
Go in the draw to win five dozen WA Wine Show award-winning wines.
Simply fill in the coupon you receive on entry and put it in the barrel at UnWined Subiaco.
All ticket types include a complimentary wine locker for storage of purchases during the day.
The Subi Bar
Enjoy a beer or cocktail with Pimms or Gin.
Stop and Smell the Rose Floral Arbour
Share a photo on Instagram and hashtag #SeeSubiaco to win a $200 restaurant voucher from New Normal or a $200 Cellarbrations Subiaco gift voucher.
Enjoy a Sparkling Cocktail including:
- Gin Fizz – Castelli Estate Sparkling Pinot, Gin, grenadine, lemon juice and garnished with a lemon slice
- Cranberry Cru – Garbin Estate Sparkling Rose, Vodka, crushed cranberries, lime juice and garnished with cranberries
- Sparkling Citrus – La Violetta Sparkling Pet Nat, Vodka, orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine and garnished with lemon slice
- Sangria Surprise – Moojelup Farm Sparkling Shiraz, Brandy, orange juice and garnished with orange slices
Visit the Margaret River Region Wine Stands
Can’t get to Margaret River? Don’t worry, as Margaret River has come to Perth.
Get There Early
Bryce and I got to Unwined about 15 minutes early, so we were at the start of the queue. The line below is 5 minutes before the gates opened.
There are plenty of opportunities to grab a cup of water during the day with complimentary water stands available.
Get On Instagram
Grab a picture of you and your friends in the Wine and Food WA Instagram tent. I think this may be a contender for a new profile picture!
Baby, It’s Hot Outside
Feeling like you’re getting a little too much sun? Just head on over to the first aid tent for some sunscreen.
Don’t forget to slip, slop and slap!
Catch music from 11:30 by Perth local musicians JMQ Duo and Hart Trio.
JMQ DUO – 11.30am – 2.30pm each day
HART TRIO – 2.30pm – 5.30pm each day
Grab Some Friends and Dress Alike
We just loved the outfits of about a dozen friends in these rainbow overalls.
Find The Horse Barrel
So we managed to try wines from 41 of the 42 wineries so we were a little shy of tasting the 300 wines that were available on the day. You can also buy wine by the glass to enjoy on the grass, a bottle for later or larger quantities can be delivered.
Overall there were over 70 businesses where you could taste wine, beer, spirits and food.
Food is available for purchase from our foodies and you can buy wine by the glass to enjoy at the event or take home bottles for later, ask exhibitors about delivery after the event.
After leaving UnWined Subiaco, we were starving and decided to walk down the road from Market Square Park to Grill’d Subiaco where a good friend of mine, David is the store manager.
We opted to grab a burger and sweet potatoes chips each as we were starving!
Wow, what a day! I love UnWined Subiaco. It is by far my favourite wine festival in Perth. If you get a chance pop along today (Sunday) or look out for their upcoming events for Sunset Wines in February and City Wine in June.
Market Square Park, Subiaco
Corner of Roberts Road & Haydn Bunton Drive
Subiaco Train Station, just 4 minutes walk from the venue