If there are two people who are perfect to send to a Pinot Noir festival – it’s two ladies whose drinks of choice are a glass of moscato or an espresso martini. If we were going to find our perfect glass of red, it was going to be at A Pinot Affair in Geelong.
Set up in the trendy laneway of Little Malop Street, right in the CBD, the inaugural A Pinot Affair was off to a good start — even without the unseasonably warm day that Sunday brought — when it completely sold out close to two weeks before it begun.
To accompany the gorgeous layout, complete with live music, beautiful flower arrangements and ample seating, were the remarkable turnout of 21 local wineries showing their goods. For a day to showcase Pinot Noir exclusively, the range and diversity was impressive. With our custom wine glass in hand, we were able to wander the stalls and talk to the winemakers in person and taste their wares.
All wineries present were from the Geelong region – it was a chance to showcase some extraordinary choices that exist in Victoria outside of the Yarra Valley. I would definitely recommend heading south for the Surf Coast next time you’re planning a winery tour.
It was a truly lovely way to spend my Sunday, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for next year’s event – it can only get better from here. Our votes for people’s choice – Brown Magpie Wines and Scotchmans Hill. I think these white wine ladies may be sipping on some Pinot next time we meet.
Charli is a creative writer, food lover, and Harry Potter aficionada in her last year of a History degree. She is sure she will find a way combine these things one day, to great success. If not, she’ll pack up and become a bartender somewhere in the Caribbean with a fabulous year-round tan.