The new cellar door at Devil's Corner Vineyard on the East Coast of Tasmania. Photography courtesy East Coast Tasmania.
From 131 carat gemstones to absinthe to wine trails, here are some of the things T Australia is excited about this month.
This month, Bulgari unveiled its new MAGNIFICA High Jewellery and High-End Watches collection at a week-long event in Sydney. It was the first time that MAGNIFICA – the most extraordinary combination of rare gems, unrivalled craftsmanship and bold design from the Roman Maison – has ever travelled to Australia. Comprising over 150 stunning pieces, it was also the most precious showcase of high jewellery in the brand’s history to be exhibited locally.
The star of the collection, the incredible Imperial Spinel necklace, features a staggering 131.24 carat spinel gemstone, the fourth largest in the world by carat weight. These unparalleled gifts of nature are elevated by the incredible craftsmanship of the Bulgari artisans, working from Bulgari High Jewellery atelier in Rome under the inspired vision of Creative Director Lucia Silvestri. With their skilled, intelligent hands, they transform creative ideas and bi-dimensional sketches into amazing high jewellery artworks, some of which require up to 2,500 hours of handwork. Learn more at bulgari.com
Australia’s most highly-awarded spirit producers, Never Never Distilling Co. have released Australian Absinthe, a distinctive interpretation of the legendary green spirit. The limited-edition Dark Series bottle was developed for Van Gogh Alive to kick off their collaboration at the most visited multi-sensory art experience in the world.
The Never Never Distilling Co Australian Absinthe uses a unique blend of contemporary and traditional botanicals, including the ‘Holy Trinity’ of absinthe: wormwood, sweet fennel, and green anise, as well as lemon balm, aniseed, and hyssop. The 55% ABV spirit will be served exclusively over the bar at the exhibition, served traditionally using antique Absinthe fountains. There is also an extremely limited supply available online. The Never Never Australian Absinthe will sell for $95 RRP. Learn more at neverneverdistilling.com.au
East Coast Tasmania Tourism has unveiled the program for this year’s Great Eastern Wine Week, set along 221km of Tasmania’s pristine eastern coastline. The festival will come alive from September 9-18, with over 60 food and wine events created in collaboration with the region’s best producers.
Highlights include the Black Tie and Blundstone cocktail party at the new Devil’s Corner Cellar Door, The Battle of the Vineyards at Furneaux Restaurant, and the Wild Abundance cooking with game workshop at Twamley Farm. There will also be a selection of masterclasses on offer, such as Flavours of the East Coast Wine masterclasses at Freycinet Lodge, Plumm Glassware masterclasses at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, and VIP Whisky and Gin masterclasses at Spring Bay Distillery. Learn more and book tickets at eastcoasttasmania.com
Girard-Perregaux has worked with the Aston Martin F1 Team to create a new timepiece: the Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition. Blending titanium powder and carbon elements taken from two F1 race cars used during the 2021 season, the watch represents a first in the industry. The dial on the watch is presented in sunray ‘Aston Martin Racing Green’ and is adorned with cross-hatching, a motif that can be traced back to the Aston Martin ‘AM’ badge of 1921.
Limited to 306 pieces – the distance drivers Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will aim to cover on race day at the 2022 British Grand Prix – the model is now available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers. Learn more at girard-perregaux.com
British-born singer-songwriter and supermodel Karen Elson will headline Semi Permanent, a festival of creativity and design in Sydney. On the festival main stage, Elson will give a talk about her career and creative process. Earlier this month, Elson released her third full-length album, “Green”, off the back of the critically acclaimed “Ghost Who Walks” and “Double Roses”. The combination signals a new direction and era for Elson and has resulted in a stunning piece of work, both in song-writing and sound.
Elson rose to fame as a model in her teens, having walked runways for Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Valentino and Gucci, and been the face of countless campaigns and graced magazine covers around the globe. She released a book, “The Red Flame”, with Rizzoli Publishing in 2020, a moving coming-of-age story chronicling her professional and personal metamorphosis. Following her decades-long success in the fashion industry, Elson has been a leading advocate for model rights in the workplace, campaigning for historic reform legislation that will protect models and other industry creatives. Find tickets to the event here.
From stylish South Coast motels to luxurious Greek island getaways, these are the openings we’re excited for this month.
Luxury motel The Isla has opened its doors in Batemans Bay, the charming NSW South Coast town. Stylishly sentimental and luxuriously designed, the motel plays homage to the quintessential Australian beach holiday, with a breath of fresh air. The 18 retro rooms have been lovingly-restored with stunning bespoke oak furnishings, terrazzo features, brushed brass accents and dreamy A.H Beard beds. In a nod to the motel’s 80s past, the old garage has been converted into a pool lounge that flows into a communal dining area surrounding a new pool. Instead of a minibar, guests will visit The Isla’s Cantina where bespoke vending machines offer carefully curated and locally sourced artisan products, such as Dangerous Ales beer, cocktails from Poor Toms Gin and ST ALi espresso martinis. Learn more at www.theisla.com.au
The countdown has begun for the May opening of the latest addition to the Myconian Collection’s luxury Mykonos hotel portfolio, O by Myconian Collection, the 11th boutique property for the family-run business, an institution since opening its first hotel in 1979. Enjoying a coveted location on Mykonos’ spectacular Ornos Bay, the five-star O by Myconian Collection epitomises the brand’s effortless elegance, warm Greek hospitality and luxury leisure offering. Ideally situated a few kilometres from town, O by Myconian Collection is the portfolio’s first absolute beachfront property, offering guests direct access to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Learn more at www.omyconian.gr
Award-winning Australian playwright Caleb Lewis will debut his ode to the underwater world, “Cathedral”, at Space Theatre in May. Starring beloved South Australian actor Nathan O’Keefe (Gaslight, Hydra), the play will take audiences on an immersive deep sea dive using soundscape and multimedia under the direction of rising star Shannon Rush (Limit). From Mount Gambier to Thailand to the North Sea, from soaring first love to shattering loss to ultimate hope, this powerful story ponders a diver’s life shaped by the ocean, and its power to both upend and heal. A thriller, family drama and epic journey of self-discovery, “Cathedral” is a life-affirming piece of storytelling that asks the question: do we turn away from our pain, or dive right in? Learn more at www.statetheatrecompany.com.au/shows/cathedral
Celebrating 10 years in the Woollahra community, Matt Moran’s Chiswick will unveil a program of activity this May with a special birthday menu, while the venue will come to life with a large-scale floral and produce installation suspended above the pergola by Wilder Florals and an overabundance of styled fresh produce spilling from the kitchen pass by Hermetica as a nod to Chiswick’s planted to plated ethos. Chiswick will also release a free digital recipe book of its most popular dishes from the past decade, as well as a special edition “finish at home” Providoor box. Find out more at www.chiswickwoollahra.com.au
Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2022 has wrapped up its seventh successful year in the Red Centre and organisers have confirmed the much-loved free event will return from 7-16 April 2023. Celebrating thousands of years of culture, Parrtjima is the only Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world. With the theme ‘Sky Country’, Parrtjima 2022 took place at Alice Springs Desert Park and Araluen Arts Centre, and attracted more than 23,000 attendees. As well as 10 nights of free entertainment, this year’s event included exclusive Parrtjima experiences, such as a special Preview Night, Araluen Art Centre tours, Merne bushfood tours and a nocturnal tour at Alice Springs Desert Park. To find out more about the 2023 event, visit www.parrtjima.com.au