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7.00PM - LATE

Learn and discover the history behind the Southern Forests & Valleys premium pinots from a wine tasting panel discussion made up of local winemakers and wine aficionados.

Following the panel, enjoy a pilgrimage of pinot tastings and local produce pairings before continuing the evening at the new Tall Timbers brewery for a Pinot Party with DJ's performing into the night. This event will be live-streamed internationally.

Panellists include Rick Ardon, Erin Larkin, Rob Geddes, Dan Pannell and Liam Carmody. ⁠

Can't make the event? Tune in to watch the international live-stream:



  • Hear from some of the region's leading winemakers and aficionados

  • Pilgrimage of pinot tastings

  • Dinner experience, with pairings of substantial canapes made from local produce

  • After-party access to the Pinot Party at Tall Timbers Brewery


Cyndal Petty 

Cyndal is a Chef-come-Sommelier and hopeless romantic of the culinary world. Beginning her Chef's apprenticeship at 15, her career in wine and food began young. 

Now, with nearly 15 years in the game, she is an Independant Wine Consultant, Event Host, MC and Experience Curator, you will often see her hosting masterclass, speaking at industry events or curating private-tastings.

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Dan Pannell

Dan Pannell represents Picardy winery, one of Australia's leading premium boutique wine producers, established in 1993 in the Pemberton region of Western Australia. 

Picardy is owned and operated by Bill, Sandra and Dan Pannell. Bill and Sandra were pioneers of the Margaret River region, establishing Moss Wood vineyard and winery in 1969. Moss Wood went on to be a driving force in establishing Margaret River as one of Australia's important growing regions. 

Picardy strives to continue this tradition of wine-making quality and excellence & is world-renowned in the Pinot world. Dan has grown up in the wine industry and completed a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) at the University of Adelaide. 

John Klepec (Below & Above)

Kia & John Klepec first discovered Pemberton as a stunning, untouched holiday destination for their then young family. Over years of visiting they felt a connection with the land & the sweeping Karri forests. When an opportunity arose in 2012 to purchase our vineyard they jumped at the chance. 

The vineyard had initially been planted in the mid 1990s & in 2013 under the direction of well known contract winemaker Bruce Dukes, they started to produce wines under the label, Below & Above. 

Experience their amazing award winning Pinot 

Halliday Wine Companion - 2021 

2022 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - Regional Winner 


Nina Throsby (2023 Sommelier of the Year) 

Nina Throsby is a quiet achiever, a younger-gen practitioner and a sommelier and drinks custodian with focus, diligence and a seemingly unquenchable thirst for knowledge. 

Tenacious in approach, Throsby's work is illustrated with creative wines that lean heavily into local producers while selecting carefully from further afield. 

Colourful, broad wine knowledge has followed, tapping the zeitgeist while flexing with the individual needs of different varietals. 

A gun, with fresh ideas and an individual take on the role of a sommelier, it will be a delight to here Nina's take on our great Pinot's. 

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