Vino Italiano – Sydney Italian Wine Festival 2013

If you know me you’d know that I love my wine, and I’m not limited like some people to only Australian wines so I am very excited to share with you the details for the 2013 Sydney Italian Wine Festival. 

If you do see me there be sure to say hello !


Sydney Italian Wine Festival will provide a unique wine tasting experience to both trade and consumers, with the most comprehensive range of Italian wines seen in Australia under one roof.  We will shine a light into the mysterious, exciting, and sometimes challenging world of Italian wine; which has captured the imagination of the general public in recent years by virtue of its diversity of grape varieties and myriad of styles, providing consumers with a never-ending journey of vinous discovery.


Our goal is to make Italian wine more approachable and accessible by creating a fun, sociable environment in which to explore, region by region. We will be creating a new generation of Italian wine consumers by providing an exceptional learning environment for both trade and consumers. Sydney Italian Wine Festival will result in an increased market share for Italian wines in Australia, with improved sales for importers, retailers, and restaurants.


With over 280 wines on offer, the major feature of Sydney Italian Wine Festival is that the ‘Tasting Hall’ will be set up in regional sections, allowing participants to focus on what makes each zone unique. Region by region participants will discover a diverse range of styles, grape varieties and producers; presented by the importers who bring the wines into Australia, plus some of the winemakers from Italy. The ‘Tasting Hall’ will also include Italian artisan beer, highlighting the recent rise of micro-brewers in Italy.


Masterclasses will be hosted by Max Allen, with a panel of industry experts discussing the wines. Each class is an hour long and will feature 12 exceptional wines, with detailed class notes to take home. Panelists will include Giorgio de Maria (Sommelier / Importer – Vini / 121BC), Mike Bennie (Journalist / Wine Judge), Matt Paul (Importer – Trembath and Taylor), Piero Tantini (Importer – Godot Wines), Dan Clark (Importer – Addley Clark), Sally McGill (Importer – Red and White / Mezzanine), Gabrielle Webster (Sommelier – Riley Street Wine), Luke Collard (Sommelier – Ormeggio), Patrick White(Sommelier – Otto) and Fabio Danzi (Sommelier – Balla).

11.00AM   Sparkling Wine Workshop $45
12.30PM   Mount Etna Masterclass $45
2.00PM   Tuscan Red Masterclass $55
3.30PM   Friuli – White and Orange Wine Workshop $45
5.00PM   Nebbiolo Masterclass $55


C.I.R.A. (Council of Italian Restaurants Australia) chefs and Restaurant Associates Catering are providing food for the day, with Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio), Eugenio Maiale (A’Tavola), Luigi Esposito (Via Napoli) George Pompei (Pompei’s) and Francesco Spataro (Aperitivo) cooking. Food options will include: handmade mozzarella, salumi, pizza, pasta, and gelato. Free cooking demonstrations by C.I.R.A. chefs will be held all day.

Sydney Italian Wine Festival will feature an indoor wine garden with seating and tables. Participants can purchase a glass of their favourite wine, and a plate of food prepared by the chefs, enjoy the live Italian jazz, and catch up with friends or colleagues.


Sommeliers from Sydney’s top Italian restaurants are selecting their favourite Italian wines with journalist Max Allen speaking. Dinner will be a 5 course shared feast, with chefs from C.I.R.A. cooking, including: Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio), Luigi Esposito (Via Napoli), Niko Pizzimenti (Popolo), Eugenio Maiale (A’Tavola), Francesco Spataro (Aperitivo).  Sommeliers will include Giorgio de Maria (121BC/Vini), Matt Young (No. 10 William Street), James Hird (Wine Library/Buzo), Fabio Dore (Popolo), Lauren Norman (Berta) and Tim Watkins (Pilu at Freshwater).
5 courses with 11 matching wines $185 per person

Tickets for all events are available exclusively through the Sydney Italian Wine Festival

Lara Caraturo is the founder and project manager of Sydney Italian Wine Festival. Having worked as a Sommelier in Sydney for 14 years, Lara is known for her work on the multi-award winning wine list at Pilu at Freshwater. Accolades include: ‘2012 Best of Award of Excellence’ Wine Spectator’s International Wine List Awards, ‘2011 National Wine List of the Year’ and ‘2011 Sommelier of the Year’ in Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, and ‘2010 Wine List of the Year’ in the SMH Good Food Guide Awards.

When:    Sunday 10th November 2013, 11.00AM – 6.00PM
Where:     Lower Sydney Town Hall – 483 George Street (entry via Druitt Street)
Cost:    $35 pre-purchase or $40 on the day
Wine:    Tasting hall with over 200 premium Italian wines and artisan beers
Masterclasses:    5 Italian wine masterclasses hosted by journalist Max Allen
Food:    Provided by C.I.R.A. celebrity chefs and Restaurant Associates Catering
Plus:     Free cooking demonstrations, indoor wine garden and Italian jazz band


When:    Monday 11th November 2013, 6.30 PM
Where:    Popolo Restaurant, 50 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
Cost:    $185 per person
Food:    5 course shared feast prepared by C.I.R.A.’s chefs
Wine:    11 matching wines selected by top Sommeliers and Max Allen speaking

Twitter:   @SydItalWineFest
Facebook:   Sydney Italian Wine Festival 2013
Instagram:   @SydItalianWineFest

For more information, please contact Lara.