Sparkling Weekend 2024 Hosted by Tyson Stelzer

Featuring champagne house Billecart-Salmon

You’re invited to an exclusive weekend hosted by International Wine Communicator of the Year Tyson Stelzer, showcasing the distinguished champagne house of Billecart-Salmon alongside the finest Tasmanian wines.

Billecart-Salmon has long held a coveted position among just six champagne houses that Tyson has awarded the top rating of 10/10 in The Champagne Guide for the outstanding calibre of every one of its cuvées.

Meet the very best Tasmanian winemakers and discover what puts Tasmania sparkling wine on the world stage. The weekend will be hosted by Tyson and the exceptional local winemakers from Apogee, Bellebonne, Clover Hill, House of Arras, Kreglinger, Lowestoft, and Wellington & Wolfe.

Taste 25 of Tasmania’s finest wines including House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged Méthode Traditionelle and Bellebonne Blanc de Blancs.

A weekend highlight is the interactive masterclass with House of Arras, where you will discover the magical art of sparkling winemaking with Australia’s most-awarded sparkling maker, Ed Carr.

It all leads to the pinnacle with a very special Billecart-Salmon Nicolas François vertical tasting masterclass. This is rare chance to join Tyson and explore the past and present of the finest prestige cuvée of Billecart-Salmon; featuring vintages 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 1998 and 1996 poured from magnums.

And where better to experience all of this than overlooking the sparkling waters of Great Oyster Bay and pink-hued peaks The Hazards. Join us for a weekend of the finest luxury sparkling champagne and wines, degustation gala dining, wine masterclasses, signature experiences, lunch on the terrace and all the inclusions that make a Saffire stay so special.

About Tyson Stelzer:

Tyson Stelzer is a multi-award winning wine writer, television host and producer, author of 18 wine books, international keynote speaker and wine show chairman and judge.

He was honored as The International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year in 2015 by the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and also received the Australian Wine Communicator of the Year award in both 2015 and 2013 from The Wine Communicators of Australia.

Additionally, he was recognised as The International Champagne Writer of the Year in 2011 by The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. In 2021 he was named the Most Influential Opinion Maker in the annual power list of Who’s Who in Australia by Meininger’s Wine Business International (Germany).

“Cuvée for cuvée and vintage for vintage across history, I rate Billecart-Salmon’s prestige cuvée Nicolas François as one of the top three sparkling wines in the world. Since anointing the 2000 vintage Champagne of the Year in the inaugural edition of The Champagne Guide, I have tasted every top vintage back to 1975.

The ability of these champagnes to mature slowly and eloquently for decades beyond their release is remarkable indeed. Provenance is everything in champagne, and the privilege of tasting six of the greatest old vintages back to the legendary 1996 direct from the museum cellar of the house in rare magnum format is a unique privilege”.

Billecart-Salmon has long held a coveted position among just six champagne houses that I award my top ratng of 10/10 in The Champagne Guide for the outstanding calibre of every one of its cuvées - Tyson Stelzer

PACKAGE RATES

16-18 August 2024

The below all-inclusive rates include two nights at Saffire Freycinet plus hosted masterclasses, gala dinner, all meals, beverages, signature experiences, and minibar.

Luxury Suite – $7500 / Two guests per suite / Two nights
Signature Suite – $8100 / Two guests per suite / Two nights
Private Pavilion – $8900 / Two guests per suite / Two nights

If you wish to stay a little longer, please speak to our guest services team about rates available for our Sparkling Weekend guests.

To make a booking call 03 6256 7888 or email host@saffire-freycinet.com.au

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We are spoilt with exceptional produce in Tasmania and I’m privileged to take our guests on a culinary showcase of the very best during their time with us. The only way it gets better is pairing it with this line up of worldclass champagne and Tasmanian sparkling - Paddy Prenter, Executive Chef

ITINERARY

FRIDAY, 16 AUGUST

12 noon – 2:30pm
Guests are welcome to arrive at their leisure for sit-down lunch in Palate restaurant before being escorted to your suite.

2pm – 7pm
Spend the afternoon enjoying your suite or partake in a range of signature activities including the Connection to Country Experience, Beekeeping Experience, Guided Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk, Oyster Marine Farm Experience and Tasmanian Devil Encounter. And for those who prefer, there is always the Saffire Spa to relax and unwind.

7pm – late
Executive Chef Paddy Prenter presents a very special cocktail-style menu exclusively for this dinner. Kicking off with a glass of Billecart-Salmon, the evening will be hosted by Tyson and the local winemakers as they share some of their special sparkling, white and red wines with you throughout the evening. Featuring an exceptional line up from Apogee, Bellebonne, Clover Hill, House of Arras, Kreglinger, Lowestoft and Wellington & Wolfe.

SATURDAY, 17 AUGUST

7am – 10am
A la carte breakfast at guests’ leisure.

9am – 12pm
Start the morning in style by joining our interactive House of Arras sparkling masterclass, where you will discover the magical art of sparkling winemaking with Tyson Stelzer alongside Australia’s most awarded sparkling maker, House of Arras winemaker, Ed Carr.

Alternatively, spend the morning enjoying your suite or partake in a range of complimentary signature activities including the Guided Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk and Oyster Marine Farm Experience, or a cruise on the Saffire vessel at an additional cost.

12noon – 2pm
Lunch is served on the terrace (weather dependent) with a Saffire-style BBQ, joined by local featured sparkling, white and red wines.

2pm – 4pm
The pinnacle of the weekend is here with a Billecart-Salmon Nicolas François vertical tasting masterclass. This is a very special chance to join an interactive session hosted by International Wine Communicator of the Year, Tyson Stelzer, exploring the past and present of the finest prestige cuvée of Billecart-Salmon; featuring vintages 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 1998 and 1996 poured from magnums.

6:30pm – late
The day leads up to the ultimate degustation dinner and immersion in the great wines of Tasmania and champagne. Pre-dinner drinks will be hosted by Tyson and the winemakers, before moving into a gala formal dinner hosted in Palate Restaurant. A tasting course menu has been designed exclusively for this evening by executive chef Paddy Prenter showcasing seasonal premium sparkling wine produced from around the state.

SUNDAY, 18 AUGUST

7am – 10am
A la carte breakfast at guests’ leisure.

11am
It’s time to leave, or perhaps extend your stay at Saffire.