WINTER is coming and with it, returns Gold Coast’s epicurean-style Winter Wine Festival at Sanctuary Cove from Saturday, July 28 to Sunday, July 29.

Food and wine lovers are invited to follow the indulgent Wine Trail through The Marine Village sampling a special selection of the latest release wines from Australia and around the world.

Returning for its third year and proudly presented by Sanctuary Cove, the annual festival is a true celebration of the finer things in life with wine masterclasses, food and wine matching events and food trucks along with wine appreciation events, fine dining and live music.

Wines from all over the world will be represented at the event with wineries from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, USA confirmed for the event along with Champagne houses from France.


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With a map in hand, the trail will allow guests to meander throughout The Marine Village, stopping in at its award-winning restaurants and fittingly-themed supplier pavilions to sample decadent drops along the way.



Guests are invited to explore the Winter Wine Trail, set within The Marine Village, stopping along the way at any of the twelve tasting stops. A wide range of wines from local, national and international regions will be available for tasting or purchase through a coupon-based system.

Step 1. Visit event staff at the head of The Marine Village to purchase your Winter Wine tasting glass and coupons Coupon = $1 Tasting Glass = $5

Step 2. Follow the tasting trail throughout the village, discover and enjoy wines at your leisure Taste = 1 coupon* Glass of Wine = 5 coupons* *Number of coupons may vary for some select wines and will be advised by the stall holder.

Winter Wine tastings, presentations and live music will run from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, 29 July.

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The Winemaker's Dinner

HURRY LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE – You’re invited to The Winemaker’s Dinner. Enjoy a six course degustation matched to six wines at the 5-Star InterContinental Resort Sanctuary Cove. Hear the winemakers share their stories as you embark on an indulgent culinary journey.

Friday 27 July from 6.15pm

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Marine Village Signature Dishes

Take a break from the wine trail and enjoy a signature dish from one of the Marine Village restaurants or cafes. From delicious seafood platters to mouth-watering burgers, indulgent traditional italian dishes to french inspired cuisine all these signature dishes can be enjoyed with a perfectly matched glass of wine.

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Join a Wine Masterclass

Keen to learn more about the drop in your glass? Come on a guided wine journey across the country and hear from a panel of winemakers and industry experts discuss the varieties, region and stories behind their wines.


Wine and Dine with Bimbadgen

Explore the taste of winter through a collaborative dinner featuring The Fireplace’s signature wood-fire cuisine, artfully matched with wines from Bimbadgen vineyard on Saturday July 28th.

Explore the taste of winter through a collaborative dinner featuring The Fireplace’s signature wood-fire cuisine, artfully matched with wines from Bimbadgen vineyard. Proudly prepared by Executive Chef, Matt Hart, this menu will take the senses on a journey, focusing on the seasonality of winder produce. Indulge in a starter of Mooloolaba crab, a hearty main made of lamb loin and end the night decadently with a bittersweet chocolate orange mousse. Each Bimbadgen wine will fortify its matched course, with the aim to elevate taste buds to greater heights. Our Wine and Dine with Bimbadgen is the unmissable event for the season.

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Local Breweries On Board This Year

New in 2018 will be the ‘Brew Boardwalk’ a welcome addition to the Winter Wine trail. Located on the Boardwalk along The Promenade several local breweries including Green Beacon from Brisbane, the Gold Coast’s own Balter Brewing and Fixation Brewing from Byron Bay will be sampling their brews.

Stay at The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Why not make stay the weekend for this year’s Winter Wine Festival. The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort (formally Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove) is a luxury 5-star resort located at Sanctuary Cove.

The resort is inspired by a beautiful Queenslander featuring a unique blend of colonial design, resort style facilities, one-acre salt-water beach lagoon pool, Australian hospitality and luxury service offering 243 rooms and suites with a choice of views over the marina, golf course, beach lagoon pool or gardens.

To enquire or make a booking, call +61 7 5530 1234 or visit InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.

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Corker Cellars

Corker Cellars is Sanctuary Cove’s Fine Wine Merchant offering a wide range of beer, spirits and wines.

The team at Corker Cellars have a combined industry experience of over 50 years they will be on hand to offer their expertise and point guests in the direction of a great wine to suit their taste and budget.