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M E O W: Ochota Scholarship Fundraiser

M E O W: Ochota Scholarship Fundraiser

3:30pm, Sun 24 September, 2023
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DOORS 3:30PM / Australian wine & hospitality mavericks join forces to celebrate their dear friend Taras Ochota at a wine party fundraiser called M E O W.

MEOW - Epic wine tasting, silent auction and live music! In honour of our beautiful friend Taras Ochota, and to raise funds for the Ochota Scholarship that will help fund young winemakers through their studies at the University of Adelaide.

M E O W  is shaping up to be a belter wine party fundraiser with Australia’s greatest wine makers, importers, bands, and DJ’s. Allproceeds from ticket sales and auction items will go towards the Taras Ochota Scholarship Fund.

The Taras Ochota Scholarship Fund was established to honour the legacy of its lauded South Australian alumni winemaker Taras Ochota, and will provide financial support to aspiring winemakers studying viticulture and oenology at the University of Adelaide. Taras was regarded as being in a class of his own and has been described by others in his field as “a once in a generation winemaker”. M E O W is collaboration between the Ochota family, P&V Merchants, Mary’s Group and the University of Adelaide.

M E O W will feature a wine tasting from over fifteen producers including Ochota Barrels, Murdoch Hill (Shiraz of the Year Halliday Wine Awards), Commune of Buttons, Basket Range Wines, Charlotte Dalton Wines, Les Fruits Wines, P&V Merchants, Manon, Gentle Folk, Worlds Apart Wines, Hills Collide, Parley, Dr Edge, Brian, Holyman, Stoney Rise, Latta Wines, High Hopes Wine Co, Huge Moves/Wet Dreams, Wines of Merritt, Love Tilly Devine and Black Market Sake and many more.

A host of Australia’s most influential wine and hospitality forces have donated to a formidable list of auction items that will be auctioned by wine auctioneer Andrew Caillard MW.

- An afternoon at Attica. Spend a few hours hanging out in the Attica kitchen, tasting a few of the wines with our sommelier, taste our famous daily staff meal, and then enjoy the Attica Tasting Menu with matched wines and dinner for 2 people. https://www.attica.com.au/

- The Mary’s GOLDEN TICKET. A free double pass to all Mary’s Group events for 1 year. https://www.marys.wtf/

- A Three Blue Ducks 6-person private catering experience in your own home with a wild caught menu and Ochota Barrels wines. https://www.threeblueducks.com/ 

- A Tasting Australia weekend away with accommodation at the Hotel Indigo, Adelaide for 2 nights including breakfast, 2 x tickets to a wine masterclass and dinner experience at TastingAustralia’s Town Square. https://tastingaustralia.com.au/ 

- A naughty lunch with Mike Bennie at P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants Paddington for 6 people https://pnvmerchants.com/

These auction items are joined by other incredible experiences along with a unicorn wine silent auction featuring a magnum from Barossa enigma Sami Odi, stunning imports from Andrew Guard and a wine experience with Mac Forbes in the Yarra Valley.

To finish the night off, Byron Bay punks Mini Skirt will take to the stage as tins of Melbourne Bitter and Jack Daniels (orange wine) are consumed as a toast is raised to Taras.

“In years to come when people write about the history of Australian wine, when it comes to my generation, Taras is who they will look to. At a time when Australian wine had come to be known internationally as prestigious, big, bombastic and overblown, Taras’ wines were elegant, beautifully poised and immediately drinkable. He made the wine world reconsider Australian wine at an important time,” Nick Ryan Wine Writer

The Taras Ochota Scholarship fund has already raised just over $65,000 with the hope to raise an additional $35,000 at M E O W, and endow the scholarship in perpetuity.


This is an 18+ event. 

Do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.

We acknowledge that this event is held on the stolen lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.