Goulburn Valley wineries have plenty happening during Aussie Wine Month.ESTELLE GRIEPINK April 23, 2014 3:44am
Goulburn Valley Wine Association secretary and Tahbilk winemaker Neil Larson is encouraging people to get involved with Aussie Wine Month.
Goulburn Valley winemakers are inviting people to raise a glass of world-class local wine to help celebrate Aussie Wine Month.
Ten local wineries are participating in the annual event, holding cellar tours, barrel tastings, live music, museum exhibitions and themed lunches to entice wine enthusiasts from far and wide.
Goulburn Valley Wine Association secretary and Tahbilk Winery winemaker Neil Larson said Wine Month was a time for celebration.
‘‘Almost all of the wineries finished picking their grapes last week, so it’s a bit of a chance to kick up our heels,’’ Mr Larson said.
‘‘The wine industry is an important part of the Goulburn Valley and it’s a really good chance for people from outside the region to visit and realise how much there is to see and do here.’’
Mr Larson said the Goulburn Valley Winemakers’ Passport Competition would be on again after a successful first run last year.
The competition encourages people to have their passport card, available from all the wineries, stamped at five participating wineries.
Those who do will go into the draw to win six dozen premium regional wines valued at more than $1500.
‘‘It was very successful last year — we had 55 people manage to get five stamps and hand them in, which was quite a few more than we thought,’’ he said.
‘‘Usually people are quite easy to visit one winery and spend most of their day there, so this was quite interesting.’’
Mr Larson said each winery had planned its own unique drawcards during the month, such as Tahbilk Winery’s museum tour and cabernet sauvignon tasting.
‘‘Our museum is normally closed to the public. For people who are interested it’s quite a good chance to see things a bit more close up, there will be lots of old photographs and maps,’’ he said.
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