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This winter comes a tale of seven kingdoms, where noble wineries from across the lands fight it out in an epic vinous battle for control of the Iron Rhone.

After sell-out events in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland in 2015, popular wine event Game of Rhones will return this year for an epic fourth season, it’s biggest and best yet, and will travel land and sea to Perth and Wellington for the first time. The Melbourne event is set for Saturday 18th June, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Meat Market 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne.

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Game of Rhones is a combative celebration of the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley in France. Think plenty of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and a splash of, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane to name just a few. With over 40 of the best producers from Australia and New Zealand, including Shaw + Smith, Paxton Biodynamic Wines, Yarra Yering, Olivers Taranga, Henschke, Tarrawarra Estate and more, there will be over 100 wines on tasting (per event) and an even bigger offering of hearty fare than ever before to cure your hunger pains.

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For those keen on gaining ancient knowledge, the Rhone Bar will again be the place to taste wines from ‘Beyond the Wall’ (ie: the Rhone Valley). Manned by some of the individual kingdoms best sommeliers (aka Spirit Guides), they will be on hand to talk attendees through this vinous homeland, offering wines by the glass at virtually cost price and help tailor make guests vinous experience. Guests are encouraged to taste their way around the room and cast their vote for the Peoples Choice award by pitting variety, style, house and region against each other to see who will reign supreme for the chance to win some EPIC door prizes from PLUMM glasses. Wines will also be available to purchase on the day at cellar door prices (except Brisbane).

Attendees will be tasting from, and taking home, the epic PLUMM VINTAGE REDa wine glass ($30RRP)– the biggest ever wine glass for Bottle Shop Concepts events. Size matters. This year will see the debut of the Royal Pass, where a limited number of wineloving VIPs will have exclusive pre-event access to the wineries between 11am- 1pm, all the way through until the event ends at 6pm. It will also give access to special bottles kept aside by the winemakers just for royalty, a food voucher for any one of the food producers, and 3 wine tastings from the Rhone Bar.

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With the legendary blind (folded) tasting ‘torture chamber’ back again (a must at Game of Rhones), an enthusiasm for the wine producers to dress in theme, as well as attendees for that matter, Game of Rhones is set for another monstrous campaign. GAME. ON. *Please note that the full line up of producers will vary from city to city. Please head to for a full list of exhibitors for each city.

Details for the 2016 Game of Rhones series:

Adelaide: Sunday May 1st, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Published Arts House 11 Cannon Street, Adelaide

Perth: Sunday May 22nd, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Perth Town Hall Hay St Barrack St

Brisbane: Sunday 29th May, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Light Space 30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley

Melbourne: Saturday 18th June, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Meat Market 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Sydney: Sunday 19th June, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Blacksmiths Workshop, Carriageworks 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Auckland: Saturday 2nd July, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Shed 10 89 Quay Street, Queens Wharf, Auckland

Wellington: Saturday July 9th, 1pm-6pm (ROYAL PASS entry from 11am) Chaffers Dock 1 Herd Street, Wellington

Tickets: General Admission - $60 includes all tastings, a take-home Plumm RedA wine glass (valued at $30), bottle of Evian water and Badoit Early Raven Tickets - $50 for tickets purchased before April 1st ROYAL PASS - $85 for these limited tickets which give you exclusive pre event access from 11am - 1pm, access to additional wines, food voucher & Rhone Bar tasting – as well as all tastings and a take-home PLUMM VINTAGE REDa wine glass.

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Hashtag: #WINEISCOMING Game of Rhones is not endorsed by or affiliated with the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. But do feel free to be inspired by its characters.