Sydney Cellar Door 2012 at Hyde Park

Sydney Cellar Door returned to Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD for a weekend of outdoor wine tasting. Over 90 winemakers representing 14 wine regions in NSW set up tasting stations in the leafy park.

Sydney Cellar Door 2012
Sydney Cellar Door at Hyde Park

The NSW wine regions included the Canberra District renowned for its Shiraz, Orange for its Sauvignon Blanc and Mudgee for its Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Capital Wines, Canberra

Some of the wineries that participated in the Sydney Boutique Wine Fair at the Oak Barrel in 2011 were present to showcase their range. Patina, Louee, Simon Gilbert and Tertini Wines were among the popular stands.

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Margan Wines, Hunter Valley 

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Audrey Wilkinson Wines, Hunter Valley

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Cassegrain, New England

Some of the notables drops include the Margan Semillon and Margan 2010 Barbera , Cassegrain 2009 Sangiovese, Audrey Wilkinson 2009 Oaked Chardonnay, Audrey Wilkinson 2010 Tempranillo, Capital Wines Riesling and the  Two Italian Boys with their Semillon Viognier and the superb Two Italian Boys 2010 Sangiovese.

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Two Italian Boys “Pick Us Up Tonight” 

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Nick Guglielmino and Michael Pillon – the Two Italian Boys

Live music by bands such as Aston and 20 food stalls by some of Sydney’s popular restaurants such as Porteño and Bodegas, Almond Bar, Tony Bilson at Home by Moobi Valley kept the crowds entertained and satiated while sipping wines from the various NSW regions.

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Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate of Porteño and Bodegas

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Roast pork belly roll with BBQ leek, aioli & jalapeño chimmichuri from Porteño and Bodegas stand

Entry to the event is free with wine tasting packages starting at $25 with 1 glass and 5 tasting tokens which can be redeemed for 2 x 30 mls or 1 x 60mls.

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Sailor Jerry Tattoo

The 2-day event took place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2012 and kicks off the NSW Wine Festival which runs through to the end of March.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.