Media Release – 1 March 2012

Canberra District Wineries are counting down to the annual harvest and with it the 2012 Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival, to be held this year on the weekend of 14-15 April.

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

“The festival offers plenty of cool climate wines our region is renowned for, as well as food, live music and some fabulous harvest events all set within the surrounds of our region’s best wineries,” said Canberra wines spokesperson and owner of Barton Estate, Julie Chitty.

“This is one of the two major annual events on our Canberra District Wineries calendar. The festival offers visitors to the region two jam-packed days of wine themed activities, the chance to taste our local wines and meet many of our talented winemakers,” Julie continued.

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 we also have the Festival Passport 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,” Julie concluded.

*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.

DIARY DATE:

What: 2012 Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival
Where: 24 Canberra District Wineries, various locations
When: 14-15 April 2012
Cost: Various depending on festival event
Events: Brochure with the full line up of events can downloaded at http://www.canberrawines.com.au/pdfs/2012-Harvest- Festival-Broch.pdf
Web: www.canberrawines.com.au

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