SYDNEY — The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC), set to open in December, has launched its inaugural wine collection, it was announced Nov. 3.
Located in Darling Harbour, on Cockle Bay, the facility will be capable of hosting three concurrent events as well as an 8,000-seat plenary, and offers 270,000 square feet of exhibition space. ICC is a short walk from top business luxury hotels and larger hotels accommodating convention groups.
The inaugural wine collection features 93 varieties, 80 per cent of which have been sourced from New South Wales wine producers.
ICC Sydney beverage operations and cellar manager William Wilson, one of the first Australians to be certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, developed the collection to spotlight local suppliers, following a seven day tasting of over 1,000 labels from more than 300 wineries.
“ICC Sydney is committed to partnering with small and large regional producers to encourage the growth of wineries and local jobs,” said Wilson. “Seventy-four of our wines are from New South Wales, with the remainder of the collection comprised of standout wines from across Australia, as well as a few international labels. A number of impressive vintages from across the state really shone through during the tasting, with the Hunter Valley, Orange, Riverina and Mudgee among some of the most fruitful regions.
“With almost 500 wine producers and 329 cellar doors, New South Wales (NSW) produces some of the top wines in the world. The diversity of climate and terrain has fostered ongoing success for established regions, as well as encouraging new and exciting hotspots to emerge.”
ICC Sydney’s wine collection features NSW wines across a range of price points. They include sparkling wines (Printhie Vintage Brut, Orange, NSW; Hungerford Hill Dalliance, Tumbarumba, NSW); white wines (Philip Shaw no.19 Sauvignon Blanc, Orange, NSW; De Iuliis Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW; Lark Hill Dark Horse White Blend, Murrumbateman, NSW; Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay, Orange, NSW); and red wines (Margan Barbera, Hunter Valley, NSW; Allandale Tempranillo, Hilltops, NSW; Toppers Mountain Wild Ferment Shiraz, New England, NSW; Tyrrells Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet, Hunter Valley, NSW).