The second Rootstock Sydney festival of artisan and sustainable wines will take place this weekend at Carriageworks in Eveleigh.

Rootstock Sydney is a not-for-profit festival run by Giorgio De Maria (121BC), Mike Bennie (wine journalist), James Hird (Wine Library), Matt Young (Black Market Sake) and Linda Wiss (Black Market Sake).

Following the hugely successful inaugural event last year (pictured), the 2014 festival will be held this Saturday February 8 and Sunday February 9, with an expanded program that includes free and ticketed events over two days and nights, both on-site at Carriageworks and externally.

More than 200 "alive and expressive" wines will be available to taste from 50 international and Australian wine artisans and growers who share common philosophies on sustainability. 

A total of 16 wine masterclasses will be hosted by Rootstock Sydney’s Mike Bennie; leading wine writer, Max Allen; international journalist and author Alice Feiring; and international musical maestro and wine enthusiast Giovanni Bietti, who will also perform at the Sydney Opera House on Monday February 10.

Some of the country's top chefs will conduct masterclasses involving regional NSW produce, alongside masterclasses and stalls encompassing artisan yoghurt, cheese, coffee and beer.

Rootstock Sydney's Sunday marketplace runs from 10am to 4pm, featuring leading chefs and restaurateurs.

Both nights see the Rootstock Sydney Night Festivals from 5-11pm, where an amazing line-up of chefs will be cooking dishes based around their favourite wine, which will be poured on the night.

The event will also host the return of Rootstock 2013 favourite, Orange Bar along with a new Sake Bar. 

Both bars run from 5pm Saturday and midday Sunday hosted by Australia's top sommeliers such as Banjo Harris Plane (Attica) and Matt Young (Black Market Sake, 10 William St). 

For further information and to buy tickets visit

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