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Lizard Island Pairs with Penfolds in Exclusive Winemakers Weekend

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In a toast to one of Australia’s most acclaimed wine brands, 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, Friday November 15 – Sunday November 17, 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 – as the sun sets over the Great Barrier Reef. 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.

Lizard Island Executive Director Greg 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,” Mr Magi said.

Penfolds Winemaker Andrew Hales said he was delighted to host the first-ever weekend event at Lizard Island to bring Penfolds newest wines to an intimate group of wine-enthusiasts.

“We’re thrilled to invite guests to enjoy The Penfolds Collection 2019 wines in such an incredible setting during our special 175th anniversary year”.

Guests will also have the opportunity to head out on private dinghies to picnic on one of the island’s 24 white-sanded 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.

Rates for the Lizard Island Penfolds Collection Weekend start at $5828* 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.

*Based on availability, conditions apply

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

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