An urban winery

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Sydney is not a wine-growing region, but there is an excellent opportunity to see a winery at work. The Urban Winery is the brainchild of Alex Retief who sources his grapes from a variety of different New South Wales wine regions and produces some excellent wines that are well worth a look. This is a perfect opportunity to discover many of the states top wine regions without having to leave the city.

Wine Tour and Tasting
Personalised NSW labelled A. Retief Wines After being greeted in the winery, your group is taken on a tour through the facility to experience the art of the wine making process. Arriving at the tasting table, there is a six-glass wine-flight set up for each person, where we walk everyone through six wines from three different wine regions of NSW. Generally, these are two whites, a rose and three reds. The wine flight covers ‘how to taste wine’ as well as a booklet for each individual to take home covering the wine regions of NSW and tasting notes from the wines tried. Shared platters of our NSW charcuterie/cheese boards to share down the table 
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Wine Blending Session
2-hour session, six wines Personalised NSW labelled A. Retief Wines These sessions are one of the more entertaining and informative classes. The class starts with everyone being separated into groups of four, sitting down with the winemaker and being taken through six single variety  red wines; exploring the aroma, structure and  palate-feel of each. Each group is then given measuring cylinders  and half an hour to come up with their favourite  blend, for example, mixing 50% shiraz, 30% merlot,  10% petit verdot and 10% tempranillo. These ‘favourite blends’ are then collated and poured to the groups,  so they can be blind-tasted and judged by everyone  involved – with an ultimate winner appointed on the day.   Shared platters of our NSW charcuterie / cheese boards to share down the table throughout your session.
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