The first ever Pinot Picnic will take place from 11 to 14 February 2021, throughout the Southern Forests region of Manjimup and Pemberton. A series of pinot-inspired events will showcase premium local produce and varieties of renowned regional pinot, with deluxe hampers available for domestic, interstate and international destinations.
Foodies, wine-lovers and romantics will have the chance to sip, taste and explore this stunning corner of Western Australia across the four-day celebration, falling over Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year.
The Southern Forests is Australia’s most exciting emerging wine region and the leading pinot region in WA, known for quality, expressive wines. The region produces boutique, artisanal gourmet produce that are favourites among the world’s top chefs and foodies, such as fresh local marron and black truffles.
Ash Lewkowski from Lost Lake Wines and president of the Wine Industry Southern Forests, said Pinot Picnic is an opportunity for local wineries and restaurants to showcase their world-class pinot and gourmet fare.
“The cool climate and rich soils of the Southern Forests’ produce some of our country’s finest pinot wines – from pinot sparkling through to pinot rosé and of course the region hero, the pinot noir,” he said.
“Lovers of food and wine will be able to enjoy an exquisite picnic event matched with local pinot varieties, in the stunning surrounds of Manjimup and Pemberton. Guests can also grab a picnic hamper of our finest local produce to enjoy at home,” said Ash.
Pinot Picnic will launch with a cocktail reception at the RAC Karri Valley Resort on Thursday 11 February, followed by three days of pop-up pinot-themed events. The full program to be announced in the new year will include family picnics, live entertainment shows, sparkling soirées, tasting masterclasses, vineyard experiences and wine-matching brunches, lunches and dinners.
The event offers the chance to explore Manjimup and Pemberton, in the heart of Karri Tree country just three and a half hours from Perth.
Pinot Picnic will curate a range of hampers containing regional pinot and the best local produce to be on sale at events, or for remote guests able to have their own Pinot Picnic. Pre-ordered hampers will be delivered across domestic and international markets, led by activity in the Singapore market.
“Pinot Picnic offers representation of the region’s finest array of produce, from the humble spud to the perfect glass of pinot, and shines a light on the Southern Forests & Valleys wine and produce to international and domestic markets,” said Larry Jorgensen, CEO of Wines of WA.
“Pinot Picnic offers the value of fresh, local flavours in a diverse setting for guests, while at the same time providing a curated platform for local business,” he said.
The inaugural 2021 Pinot Picnic is a partnership with Wine Australia, Wines of WA, Australia South West, Southern Forests Wine Region, Southern Forests Food Council, Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development, Southern Forests & Valleys Tourism, South West Development Commission, and RAC Western Australia.