The winemakers of New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay and the oyster farmers of East 33 are teaming up to host Natural Wonders, a series of events that pair vino with those delicious bivalves we all love so much. The events range from an intimate oyster farm tour and in-water live shucking to a bespoke three course lunch with complementary Cloudy Bay wine pairings.
Natural Wonders at Wallis Lake features a day trip where guests will be taken by seaplane from Sydney Harbour to Wallis Lake, some 300km north of the CBD, and the heartland of the Sydney Rock Oyster. While there, guests will get a chance to try a hand at oyster shucking (and tasting), while also enjoying a glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus sparkling wine amongst the pristine waters of the oyster farms.
The journey continues at Thirty-Three Degrees, a restaurant overlooking the Wallis Lake marina, with an oyster-inspired three-course lunch. Each serving is paired with Cloudy Bay wines, which showcase the aromatic flavors of New Zealand’s terroir via its sauvignon blanc, Te Koko barrel aged sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir. Guests will have two opportunities to take part in the event, which is offered on January 7 and January 14.
Those who want to experience wine and oysters closer to Sydney will be interested in Natural Wonders at the Boathouse. Those interested are invited to celebrate the start of summer with a Natural Wonders dining package which includes a fiesta of East 33 oysters and a glass, bottle or magnum of Cloudy Bay wine. Watch live oyster shuckers at The Boathouse Rose Bay, opt for takeaway and create a waterside picnic at The Boathouse Hotel Patonga, or indulge at Barrenjoey House to make the most of lazy days. Packages available through December.
If these events are beyond your locale, there’s no need to worry. The Natural Wonders experience is also available as a luxurious at-home pack, including two dozen of East 33’s premium molluscs and a bottle of Cloudy Bay’s quality sauvignon blanc. The vibrant citrus notes of the wine complement the salinity and mineral notes of the Sydney Rock Oysters, making this pairing the ideal accompaniment for a balmy evening at home. Available for delivery in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast.