WineinProvence is excited to announce that we are now an official corporate sponsor of the world renowned, iconic Sydney Opera House! So how did WineinProvence end up with this connection over 10,000 miles away? Opera Australia puts on a first-class French themed wine and gourmet event called “Dinner on the Dock”. It is one of Australia’s most prestigious Gourmet Food and Wine events of the year, held in the ‘paint dock’ of the company’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

On Saturday, May 26th 2012, Opera Australia will host 200 high-net worth distinguished guests (including many corporate contacts, Members of Parliament, opera patrons, selected media, etc.) to this black tie event. The National Events Manager recently contacted us in hopes of partnering with WineinProvence for this year’s event entitled “A Night in Provence”! We just sent off a ton of our brochures and business cards that they will distribute during the event, and one of our wine packages, a null, will be featured in the live auction that evening.

As in previous years, they will have a celebrity guest chef devise and prepare a signature menu especially for “A Night in Provence”. This time it’ll be Guillaume Brahimi (an award-winning French chef) of Guillaume at Bennelong creating this culinary journey. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner matched with premium wines, exquisite performances by acclaimed stars of Opera Australia, a silent auction, and an exclusive live auction (featuring unique wine and gourmet experiences) with prominent wine figures such as Andrew Caillard (Master of Wine) and Rob Geddes (Master of Wine). The purpose of this event is to raise essential funds for the continued work of Opera Australia’s singers and creative teams.

Here is some more info on the evening…

“We will showcase one luxurious ultimate international holiday to France. This is always the most desired auction item at the event, and becomes the pinnacle moment of the evening. In the exclusive live auction, two guests will have the opportunity to embark on the ultimate France holiday, staying at the Dorchester Hotels in Paris, Alain Ducasse’s boutique hotel and guest house in Provence, as well as at Chateau de Sours in Bordeaux.

This package is designed to showcase ‘the best of’ and encapsulate the elegance and cultural offerings of France. This will be packaged with premium wine and gourmet experiences, including Alain Ducasse’s acclaimed Le Louis XV restaurant in Provence. With this in mind, I would like to know if you would be interested in becoming involved…”

One of WineinProvence’s packages will be a part of this live action package and they explained in the email that an auctioneer will talk about us, give a description from stage, actively engaging with guests, and then for 12 months we will be acknowledged as a Corporate Friend in all nightly opera programs (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane- circulation approx. 280,000). We are pleased and honored to take part in this event in Sydney, spreading our love of French wine internationally!

The Sydney Opera House was declared a World Heritage Building in June 2007 by UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, but has long been a cultural landmark, not only for Sydney, but Australia as a whole. Developed by Danish architect Joern Utzon, the Opera House was a source of much controversy in its early years, but eventually fourteen years after the start of construction, the House was finished and opened by Queen Victoria the II in 1973. This fascinating and intriguing construction, well known for its “sails”- the bizarre architecture created to interpret that of a ships sails- houses hundreds of art shows, musical performances and plays every year. Apart from this original purpose, the Opera House is associated with the larger spirit of Australian culture- and all that this encompasses. Surrounding this magnificent landmark are enticing restaurants,