events / WANDER AND WINE /
Words and photos by MONIQUE CECCATO.
Meet the makers on an immersive, wine-fuelled wander through Bunbury.
FOUND | Issue 07
THE AUTUMN SKY above me was turning grey, but I wasn’t about to let a light drizzle dampen my enthusiasm for an afternoon of venue hopping, wine tasting, and
winemaker-meeting. Following a very successful Bunbury Wine Wander in November of 2020, the event was back for round two, bringing local vineyards and venues together
to showcase the best of the Bunbury Geographe wine region. With my tasting glass in hand, I headed for the first stop on my hit-list - St Aidan Wines at the Rose Hotel. “It’s been done a lot in Perth, but to bring it to a regional centre like this is really exciting - look around, everyone is having a good time,” said Phil Smith, owner of St Aidan Wines, as he poured me a taster of his 2018 Sparkling Chardonnay. He wasn’t wrong. The clock had only just ticked over to 11am and there was already a healthy crowd tracking their way through the streets of Bunbury on a mission to sip and taste some of the finest expressions of the region’s wine. The Bunbury Wander follows the familiar ‘choose your own adventure’ format of similar city-based events, but that’s as far as the comparisons go. It’s exclusively about the local venues, wineries, and people. As event founder and owner