Media Alert – 10 April 2012

Canberrans are invited to celebrate the 2012 wine harvest at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival this coming weekend, 14-15 April.

24 of the region’s wineries are participating in what is sure to be a great two days for Canberrans and visitors to the region alike.

The festival will offer plenty of cool climate wines, as well as food, live music and some fabulous harvest events all set within the surrounds of the region’s best wineries.

Some of the experiences on offer as part of this year’s festival include master winemaking classes and a harvest degustation lunch at Lark Hill; a grape crushing competition, local art display and live music at Shaw Vineyard Estate; a vertical tasting of Petit Verdot, live jazz and harvest platters at Barton Estate; bottling your own wine and wine appreciation sessions at Dionysus Winery; watching the fruit being processed, tasting fermenting wine from tanks and plunging the reds at Jeir Creek Wines; market stalls, soulful music and Pétanque lessons at Shepherds Run Wines; and tasting the rare 2011 Auslese Riesling at Clonakilla.*
This year, the Festival Passport is also available. Visitors can grab their own passport at any of the participating wineries, get it stamped at three different wineries and go into the draw to win one of three cases of Canberra’s finest wines.

*For the full line up of festival activities go to http://www.canberrawines.com.au/pdfs/2012-Harvest-Festival-Broch.pdf For more information on Canberra wines visit www.canberrawines.com.au or call 1300 554 114.

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