Media release – 19 May 2011

A comprehensive guide to the Canberra wine district — its history, unique features, exceptional performance and the wineries themselves— will be ‘uncorked’ tomorrow, Friday 20 May 2011.

Wines of the Canberra District:  Coming of Age will be launched at the University House Wine Symposium by the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr.

Written by local winemakers Brian Johnston and Janet Johnson, the book is a must-have for those keen to discover the Canberra wine district, as well as for people who want to know the secrets behind the region’s success.

Developed with the support of the Canberra District Wine Industry Association (CDWIA), the book is also an extensive reference source, profiling more than 40 wineries.

“It’s the essential guide for those wanting to find out where the wines are made and the people who make them,” said Elke Davies, spokesperson for the CDWIA.

“Each profile includes a background to the winery, their approach to production, awards received, as well as practical details such as cellar door sales.

“This book will provide another positive tool to attract and educate Canberrans about the amazing local wine region that many residents have sitting just over their own back fence.

“We know that it will also play a part in motivating more tourists to include a trip out to the wineries on their next visit to Canberra,” she continued.

From the unique continental climate to its strong science-based approach, the book explores the key reasons why Canberra District wines are now well and truly on the national wine map.

Wines of the Canberra District:  Coming of Age will be available for purchase at the University House Wine Symposium this Friday, as well as at a range of quality local bookstores, cellar doors and Canberra attractions.  RRP: $33.00. The book can also be purchased online at www.mckellarridgewines.com.au.

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