2 November 2011

[Win Wine!] Canberra’s wineries to lure visitors with Wine, Roses and All that Jazz

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Canberra District Wineries are gearing up for what is set to be another fantastic Wine, Roses and All that Jazz Festival, to be held this year on the weekend of 5 and 6 November.

This year 22 of the region’s wineries are participating in what will be a delightful two days of cool climate wines, smooth live jazz and the blooms and scents of spring roses, known for being successfully grown side by side with the vines.

“This is a key event on the Canberra District Wineries calendar. The festival always pleases visitors who come to escape the busyness of this time of year, and relax with the sights, smells, and sounds of spring – and of course the great wines and live music we have on offer,” said festival organiser, Annemaree Schafferius of Tallagandra Hill winery.

“For the locals it’s an extra reason to get out and explore the many wineries located right on their doorstep, all within 35 mins drive of Canberra city,” Annemaree continued.

Some of the experiences on offer as part of the festival this year include tasty Mediterranean mezze with sparkling Bel Canto and music by ‘As famous as the moon’ at Brindabella Hills; the opportunity to test your senses with a wine scents challenge and barrel samples at Four Winds Vineyard; disgorging your own bottle of fermented rosé and a long lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Wines; viewing an art exhibition and enjoying music from ‘Acca Daicquiris’ at Shaw Vineyard Estate; and a rare opportunity to taste the 2010 Shiraz Viognier at Clonakilla. *

“This year we also have the Festival Passport available. Visitors get their passport stamped at three of the participating festival wineries to go into the draw to win one of three Canberra District mixed dozens,” Annemaree concluded.

For more information go to www.canberrawines.com.au or call (02) 6205 0044.


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There’s about 140 but that would include Hilltops, Tumbarumba and possibly Gundagai

Besides Clonkilla which is up at the highest level of Australian wines and could hold its own with any from the old world, there are some outstanding wines being produced in this area. The district is certainly superior to the Hunter

From memory, there’s something around 85 wineries operating in the Canberra region.

We went out to the Murrumbateman Food and Wine festival a few weeks back – I really had no idea there were so many wineries out there! At least 15, maybe more, just around the village. It really is well worth the effort to go out if you like a drop – there are some great wines and beautiful wineries out there, and lots of good food too. We stopped at Helms, Yaarh (which is soooo picturesque!) and Eden Road and found some terrific wines at each, and have bought some great stuff from Lark Hill and Lerida Estate on previous trips too. Can’t wait to try the rest!

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