Days of Wine and Roses

Wine with lunch. Wine with dinner. Wine with friends.  How many ways can you have wine for a week? Well, more than you think if you check this out! Wineries in the Yass Valley are gearing up for Canberra District Wine Week—a celebration of—well, wine!summerside-shaw-vineyard-estate

“Canberra District Wine Week is the perfect time to visit Yass Valley as the region’s wineries offer some great wine events, dinners, lunches, tastings, tours and more,” said Sean Haylan, Economic Development & Tourism Manager at Yass Valley Council. “It’s also harvest time which really is a great time to come and celebrate the 2017 vintage with the winemakers of the region”.

Canberra District Wine Week runs over 10 days from 31 March to 9 April, and includes a program of wine tasting, food matching, and tours and events held across the entire Canberra wine district including Hall, Bungendore, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman, and Yass; culminating in the annual Harvest Festival on 8 and 9 April. The week will also include live music and art from local bands and artists.degustation-1

A Festival Passport is also available. Get your passport stamped at three participating wineries and you’ll be in the draw to win one of three Canberra mixed dozens.

Some of the fabulous wine events during the week include a degustation dinner on Saturday 1 April at Ewe and Me Restaurant, and wines and canapes at Clementine Restaurant on Wednesday 5 April.

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Image courtesy Clementine Restaurant

At Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door on 6 April, you can enjoy a fun 4XSangiovese dinner with four courses of pizza each matched with a sangiovese—a variety of red/black wine grape used in making Italian Chianti, and presented by their winemakers, or Taste of the Region Long Lunch in Yass on Friday 7 April, which will feature local food and wine from five local vineyards. A full program of events and happenings will be posted on Canberra District Wine Week’s website.

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Image from Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door

The Yass district also has a range of quality accommodation for those who wish to stay a little longer, from hotels and motels, to luxury self-contained apartments and villas, and several will be offering wine week ‘stay and taste’ packages.

Wine tours are a great way to taste and learn about local wines, and Canberra wine tour company, Vines and Wines are offering independent wine tours, during wine week, for groups of nine people or more—mid-week only. For more information contact them via their website.degustation-prestige-jpg-1024x617

For more information on wine week visit www.canberrawines.com.au

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