Wine tasting season starts in earnest in September and one of the highlights will be an evening in the Yarra Valley, open to consumers.

Following on from an evening in the Barossa and another in Adelaide Hills earlier in the season, John McDonnell of Wine Australia has another treat in store. This time it’s the turn of Yarra Valley, the cool climate area around 40 minutes drive from Melbourne.

The region is fast becoming one of the best producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in and elegant, classic style (read into this Burgundy if you will). Some of the big names in the area are De Bortoli, Yering Station, Domaine Chandon, Yarra Yering, Yarra Burn and Coldstream Hills.

Your guide for the evening, Phil Sexton

Phil Sexton, owner of Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander wines, will be the guide for the evening. He’ll be giving us a tour of the area and its wines, not only his but also from some of the other winemakers in the area. It’s yet to be confirmed if he’ll be wearing a shirt.

When, where and how much?

Wednesday, 15th September, 6.45 pm – 8.30pm followed by some tasty bites at Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Places cost €20 and can be reserved through Wine Australia (Ireland) on 065 707 7264 or by email: .


  • On facebook: juicy Innocent Bystander photos
  • More wine events: See Jean Smullen’s Wine Diary.
  • Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander website.
  • Yarra Valley Wine website