festivals past and present from around the world are celebrated
in this theme. They range from seventeenth century tradition in
the Swiss village of Vevey to our own Barossa Vintage Festival,
the largest wine festival in the southern hemisphere. Also featured
are Wine Australia, the Australian wine industry's showcase event,
and Adelaide's Tasting Australia, an international food and wine
festival, as well as a selection of local and regional Australian
This theme also brings together
some of the wine museums and collections
around the world, including the National Wine Centre
des Vignerons de Vevey
of Vignerons of Vevey has been held in the Swiss
town of Vevey irregularly since the mid seventeenth
century. It is the world’s most important
wine festival, and is a development of the activities
of the mediaeval Wine-Growers’ Guild. Vevey
is on Lake Geneva between Lausanne and Montreux.
Chasselas is the main grape variety grown, producing
a dry, robust white wine.
In the past century
the Fêtes have taken place in 1905, 1927,
1955, 1977 and 1999. They are now held roughly
once in a generation. The 1955 celebration took
five years to prepare and involved over 3000
all over the world flock to Vevey especially
to see the pageant. Each Fête generates
a number of sought-after publications including
a fold-out album, or Leporello, which could be
up to seven metres long. The Cellarmaster Collection
of Rare Wine Books in the State Library of South
Australia contains a number of these works.
Vintage Festival is Australia’s
largest and longest-running wine festival.
It was first held in 1947 as an annual event
but is now held biennially. Based on similar
festivals in France and Germany, its aim
is to give thanks for a successful vintage
and to highlight the heritage of the Barossa
Valley 3rd Annual Vintage Festival 1949
Vintage Festival 1999
events include the Barossa
Annual Classic Gourmet Weekend, Spring into
the Barossa, and the International
Barossa Music Festival with events held in
a number of wineries.
Vale Wine Bushing Festival began in 1973,
continuing an old English tradition. When the
new wines from Europe became available, bushes
were hung on doorways to announce their arrival.
As part of the Festival, the winemaker who
achieves the highest points for an entry in
the McLaren Vale Wine Show is named Bushing
King or Queen. He or she and a partner are
honoured in style, dressed in colourful Elizabethan
robes, at a luncheon, dinner or ball.
Vale events include the Continuous
Picnic, such as that in 1992, and the McLaren
Vale Sea and Vines Festival.
Apart from the
major regional festivals one of the early Adelaide
wine events was the Adelaide
Food and Wine Frolic held in Bonython
Australia, Adelaide’s biennial
food and wine festival, was first held in
1997 and incorporates the Australian Food & Wine
Writers Festival. It showcases the nation’s
food and beverages and invites the world’s
food and wine media to take part in a series
of seminars. The next event will be in 2001.
events include the Autumn
Food and Wine Affair in North Adelaide, the Rundle
Valley East End Food & Music Festival 1997, and
the world–renowned, biennial Adelaide
Festival of Arts.
In 1996, to coincide
with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Migration
Museum held a wine and food event called "A foreign
poster shows the European and Asian influences.
Australia is Australia's largest
wine industry event, held every two years.
Melbourne 2000 sees the third of these events,
the first being held in Sydney in 1996 and
the second in Melbourne in 1998. It aims
to "promote the sale of premium wines to
Australian consumers and trade, prominent
international trade and media."
regional festivals include:
selection of other overseas festivals
In the Burgundy
district of France the famed Hospices
de Beaune auction and festival takes
place annually in November. The charity auction
dates back to 1859.
2001 will see
the sixteenth annual Wine Marlborough
Festival in New Zealand. It is held at
Brancott Estate, Blenheim’s oldest vineyard
and takes in more than 40 wineries.
Wine Festival in California began
1976 as a promotion for Californian wine.
Today it includes more than 120 California
wineries. As well as the usual activities
of wine releases, tastings and dining, there
is a "large bottle auction" and a major educational
forum for the wine industry.
As the interest
in wine increases a number of wine museums and
displays are appearing. This is a selection.
South Australia, the National
Wine Centre showcases
Australian wines, winemakers and wine regions
and to provide interpretive, educational and
entertainment facilities. It includes a virtual
tour of the Australian wine industry.
Paris has the Musée
du Vin, which is housed in the old
cellars of the fourteenth century Abbey of
Passy. The museum presents the history of
wine in France and the main wine-producing
in France, the Caves
et Vins Gallo-Romains have the world's
first reconstruction of a Gallo-Roman wine cellar.
London has Vinopolis,
the recently opened centre devoted the world
In South Africa,
Wijn Museum at Stellenbosch, Cape Town,
displays the history of wine making through the
ages, with a fine collection of utensils dating
back to the eighth century B.C.
Valley Museum has a permanent exhibition
on Californian wine.