Report: Australia’s First Families of Wine Expo (AFFW) – Sydney

This event by members of the Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) is my first wine tasting experience in Sydney and to be honest just my second proper wine tasting only event. Located in Park Royal excellent central CBD close to cheap parking near Darling Quarter or Sussex Street.

My first wine journey in Australia was a tour of the Yarra Valley in Victoria, it was another sensory experience this time but instead of miles each winery was literally a few steps away.

I personally like buying from family owned businesses, they are more likely to be more passionate and more know-how which should translate into a superior end product.

This is even more true for the AFFW, I also find it important to support them as they continue to expand Australia’s wine tradition around the world and most importantly for that knowledge to be passed on to the next generation within Australia.

The 12 wineries are:
Brown Brothers
Campbells Wines
De Bortoli Wines
Howard Park Wines
Jim Barry Wines
McWilliam’s Wines
Taylors Wines
Tyrrell’s Wines


As I’m a sort of a wine noob, I must admit that I do not have the level of expertise to rate any of these wines. However I do find that as a beginner white wine is the easiest to get into. Brown Brothers Moscato was a familiar one, always present on the table on campus at uni, it’s a sweet wine great for the entry level drinker.

Brown Brothers Prosecco Sparkling is the “grown up” version of the Moscato, very light and refreshing bubbly.

I also enjoyed Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, it just had a good aroma to the nose and smooth taste.
It was a really fun day out, don’t need to take it too seriously too even pros can’t tell the difference between expensive and cheap wines as shown in this video.

You can also still attend this even in Melbourne and Brisbane:

Melbourne 29th June, 1pm–5.30pm, Park Hyatt.
Cost: $80, including Riedel tasting glasses.
Click here to book

Brisbane 24th August, 1pm–5.30pm, Moda Events Portside.
Cost: $80, including Riedel tasting glasses.
Click here to book

Big thank you to Selector Magazine for this Australian wine experience.