The best drops to serve at your private election day party

Vote for your party this Federal election and then throw a party, suggests Cellarmasters cellar director Christine Ricketts.

The wine expert's call comes with Cellarmasters opening their Barossa warehouse at Dorrien for their annual wine sale which falls on Election Day, Saturday, May 18.

"No matter how you vote and who triumphs, everyone will be a winner with our Barossa Warehouse Sale where you can grab a wine bargain," she explained.

Ms Ricketts has cleverly put together a list of wines she recommends to serve at your own election party.

Yes you can with Canberra wine

Celebrate the nation's capital and the home of Parliament with a wine from the region. There are some lovely cool climate wines like Pinot Noir, sparkling wine and Chardonnays coming out of the Canberra region, especially from Tumbarumba.

Greens fans can go organic

If you're voting for the Greens, you'll be pleased to know there's been a boom in incredibly delicious organic and biodynamic wines on the market in the last few years. Go for a wine from McLaren Vale, as the region excels in green wines, and has the highest number of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards in the country.

A Barossa Shiraz for Labor fans

If you're voting for the red party, a Barossa Shiraz - the big red wine Australia is world-famous for - seems like the natural choice. The good news is that unlike most leaders of the party, a Barossa Shiraz will last for years - a good quality one can be aged for up to 20 years, and just gets better.

Blue wines for Libs

If you're voting for the Liberals, you might want a wine with some notes of things that are blue like blueberries - try Tempranillo, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot or even some styles of Shiraz. Or maybe an aristocratic Cabernet Sauvignon?

Alternative wines for Independent voters

If you're voting for one of the smaller parties, why not opt for an alternative variety? Think red Italian varieties such as Nero d'Avola, Fiano or Sangiovese, or white wines such as Fiano and Fruiliano.


No party is complete without bubbles, so whether you're celebrating or commiserating, a sparkling wine or even champagne is always a crowd-pleaser.

The Barossa Warehouse Sale will be held May 18 from 9am to 4pm at Dorrien Estate, located on the corner Barossa Valley Way and Siegersdorf Road, Tanunda.