Winemakers weekend planned for Lizard Island

Great Barrier Reef retreat pairs up with Penfolds

Tropical North Queensland’s Lizard Island has partnered with Penfolds to celebrate The Penfolds Collection 2019, including Penfolds 2015 Grange. The first ever winemakers weekend at the luxury lodge will feature tastings, sunset Champagne drinks, winemaker-hosted degustation dinners and wine masterclasses all in a luxurious island setting.

The occasion coincides with Penfolds 175 year anniversary of winemaking, and the 65th release of its world-renowned flagship wine, Penfolds Grange.

Hosted by Penfolds winemaker Andrew Hales, the Lizard Island long weekend will take place over three days, from Friday 15 November to Sunday 17 November 2019. Lizard Island’s Executive Chef, Ryan Squires, will create custom menus for the occasion, with guests enjoying paired wines from the newly released The Penfolds Collection 2019.

Guests on the weekend will have a chance to sample limited-edition Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée – which launched globally in June 2019. The critically acclaimed Penfolds 2015 Grange will be showcased at a private barefoot dinner hosted by Penfolds Andrew Hales and Lizard Island Executive Director Greg Magi. The five-course degustation-style dinner has been curated to complement the iconic wine and will be served on long tables on the beach.

Magi said the partnership with Penfolds was a perfect pairing, a coming together of two of Australia’s most sought-after premium brands.

“We believe fine wine and fabulous food are two key ingredients for a truly memorable holiday, and coupled with a luxury lodge like Lizard Island in a destination like the Great Barrier Reef the Penfolds event makes for a magic weekend,” Magi said.

Guests will also have the opportunity to head out on private dinghies to picnic on one of the island’s 24 white-sand beaches, dive the inner or outer reefs or snorkel to explore a kaleidoscope of corals in the Clam Gardens and come face-to-face with the island’s resident groper, Simon.

Penfolds' Andrew Hales

Rates for the Lizard Island Penfolds Collection Weekend start at $5,828* for two people based on twin share accommodation, and include all dining and beverages, Lizard Island Signature Experiences, air transfers from Cairns Airport and all Penfolds Collection Weekend events.

For bookings and more information, click here or call 1800 837 204 (toll-free in in Australia), or +1 (716) 276 0104 from overseas.

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