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Wine Australia welcomes 45 Masters of Wine

For the first time in 30 years, a group of 45 Masters of Wine will visit Australia on an action packed visit to 10 wine regions across the country.

Hosted by Wine Australia in collaboration with Tourism Australia, the group will kick off their tour with a breakfast and tasting of local fine wines at Bennelong Restaurant in the Sydney Opera House this Sunday.

Guests will enjoy breakfast canapés such as shaved culatello with barley toast and truffle butter, and mud crab congee, matched to some of Australia’s finest sparkling wines including Luke Lambert Sparkling Chardonnay 2012 from Yarra Valley and House of Arras ‘EJ Carr Late Disgorged’ Sparkling 2002 from Tasmania.

Following breakfast, a formal tasting will be presented by wine writer and judge Mike Bennie and Andrew Caillard MW, with a focus on wines that are expressions of their unique terroir in two brackets: Australian wine ‘pioneers’ and distinctively Australian fine wine today.

Brian Walsh, Wine Australia chair, says he is looking forward to showing the group of international wine experts how Australian wine has evolved.

“For many in this group of highly influential and knowledgeable wine professionals, it’s been a long time since they’ve visited Australia and I know they’re going to be surprised and delighted with the evolution of Australian wine over the last three decades,” Walsh said. “This is also an opportunity for them to see first-hand how our collegiate Australian wine community inspires excellence and the innovation to craft distinctive fine wines.”

The MW breakfast will be hosted by Brian Walsh, Tourism Australia chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson and Bennelong executive chef Peter Gilmore.

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