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It was Ernest Hemingway who proclaimed wine
was "the most civilised thing in the world."
While most seasoned drinkers probably
have one or two self-deprecating stories in their
repertoire that suggest otherwise, most of us
would agree that wine is indeed one of life's great
So hosting a function at a winery, surrounded
by verdant vineyards and beautiful countryside, will
add a distinct touch of class to any occasion.
Not surprisingly, they are a very popular choice,
not least because of their family-friendliness. Spend
a Sunday afternoon driving along West Swan Road in
the Swan Valley or Margaret River's Bussell Highway
and see for yourself how the appeal of wines, vines
and wineries can transcend the barriers of age, race
and creed: mankind is a species that likes to have fun.
Wineries offer a range of options in terms of
function rooms and spaces and many have rolling
lawns and beautiful gardens where you can set up a
marquee if you desire. Apart from fine wines, many
have employed world-class chefs who will match
food perfectly to the drinks on offer.
In addition to this, many wineries have
developed dining rooms with a very distinct
atmosphere -- such as a rustic feel or streamlined
modern decor -- that will give your function a
But the popularity of wineries means event
organisers might have to be particularly organised.
If you're thinking nuptials, it pays to be flexible with
dates as the stampede to lock in venues during
WA's notorious "wedding season" in spring and
summer can be as chaotic as the start of the City to
Surf. Also, some wineries put a cap on the number
of weddings they'll host each year.
Don't forget to inquire about each venue's
alcohol policy too. While most wineries will insist on
using their own wine (pros: often, it'll be amazing
gear and there's no risk of it running out; cons: it
can be expensive), there may be latitude for beer,
spirits and soft drinks.
Advanced notice is also a key to planning
a winery event. Often located outside of the
metropolitan region, guests will appreciate the
extra lead-in time to organise transport and
Just as many factors dictate the growing season
each year, taking the time to cover all your bases
before basking in the beauty of Mother Nature
goes a long way towards holding a vintage event.
Mother Nature, vines, the power of the elements... all important
players in the creation of wine and all keys to a thrilling event.
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