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Some days it’s so hot it seems ridiculous that much of Victoria and all of Tasmania - where the editorial team are based - are classified as cool climate regions. Luckily they are because the wines most suited to cool climates – including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris and riesling – match perfectly the light meals we crave in Australia's hot summer months.

There are some great cool climate discoveries on the site this month and superb offers for our Members planning holidays in Australia’s wine regions. See you in the vines!

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Vineyards in Tasmania overlooking the seaFreycinet Vineyards cellar door

The cool jewel - Tasmania wine region overview

With the world’s cleanest air, Europe’s best wine grape varieties, and Australia’s coolest wine-growing environments, Tasmania’s winemakers know they’re onto good thing - and it’s been that way for almost 200 years.

Tasmanian wine producers are responsible for crafting some of Australia’s most stylish sparklings, pristine Pinots and coolest cool-climate Chardonnays. Explore the state’s wines, vineyards and cellar doors, either in person, or virtually through the site.

We have some fantastic new offers from Tasmania for our Members, with more being added each week as we spread our wings across Australia. So start planning your next wine country holiday in Australia’s shiny cool-climate jewel.

Scotchmans Hill, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria.Chandon Restaurant

Tour Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula

New itineraries on the site will help you make the most of your wine country weekends, especially if you’re a Member. Suggestions for day and weekend wine and food tours are added all the time so keeping checking the homepage for new itineraries.

Winemaker, Julia O‘Connell from Deutz, Marlborough

Hand making pinot with passion

There’s something about pinot noir that gets hold of winemakers and never lets them go. Winemaker Mike Aylward from Ocean Eight on the Mornington Peninsula caught the pinot bug while working at his family’s winery Kooyong and is now on a mission to produce the perfect pinot.

Lucios Ligurian KitchenTasmaanian highland cheeses from Thorpe Farm

Cool climate Taste

There's an inherent relationship between the seasons and dining when you step into Australia's regional areas. Salix chef Bernard McCarthy has found the seasons and the cool climate wines produced by sister vineyard Willow Creek have defined the restaurant's style of food.

Geraldine McFaul, Winemaker at Willow Creek Wines
What's on offer at the Sydney seafood school

Hot offers for our Members

  • Geraldine McFaul, new winemaker at Willow Creek Vineyard, invites Members to participate in an exclusive winemaker-led new release barrel tasting morning on Sunday the 22nd February.
  • Learn more about cool climate wines and sample some of the best examples in the world at the International Cool Climate Wine Show on 25th and 27th February.
  • Members get special pricing on both the public tasting and the BMW Wine Show dinner at the Red Hill Show Pavilion, with food provided by Max’s of Red Hill Estate. In addition one lucky person at each of the 25 tables will win a Membership.
  • Auscellardoor has created a mixed dozen for summer. Members receive a discount of A$45 off RRP, and free delivery anywhere in Australia. Get back almost your entire Membership fee with your first order.
  • Caught lots of fish this summer? Learn how to cook it well at the Sydney Seafood School, where Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.

If you haven't become a Member already, find out more about joining here. Don't delay - our introductory prices are valid to the end of February.

Melbournes Food and Wine festivalMelbournes Food and Wine festivalGlasses lined up for tasting at the cool climate wine show

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - 7th - 23rd March

Are you heading to the largest food and wine festival in the world? Yes, that's right, it's in Victoria, and you can find all the major events, and some smaller ones too, for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on Plan your festival itinerary on and make sure you include getting out of the city to explore Victoria’s amazing wine regions, all part of this enormous festival.

The hospitable folk of the Mornington Peninsula Gourmet Association are hosting no fewer than 23 festival events this year, at Harvest to Table, from 13-22 March, including the famous Red Hill long lunch at Ashcombe Maze on Friday 13th. Cast your superstitions aside and enjoy a truly regional showcase!

There's even a real ale workshop with Andrew Hickenbotham held over two weekends - Members receive a 10% discount on the cost of $240.

Find hundreds more wine and food events in February and the months ahead around Australia on

And don't forget if you are in Melbourne on 4th and 5th February, Federation Square kicks off their regional wine showcase calendar with wines of the Yarra Valley.

Deutz Marlborough PiccolosHesketh Wines, Adelaide HillsMeadowbank Winery in Tasmania's Coal Valley wine regionHuon's Connoisseurs guide to salmon

Our Monthly Competitions

February is a short month, so go on, enter our competitions!

Subscribers: This month we continue our cool-climate theme. Win sparkling wine from New Zealand - sip on authentic Deutz's Methode Traditionelle Cuvee from Marlborough, celebrate stylishly with fabulous Deutz designer piccolo packs or savour the many facets of salmon with Huon Aquaculture. Free entry here.

Members can sip on perhaps Australia's most unusual wines - made here, but from the best grapes sources from overseas, by The Hesketh Company in the Mt Lofty Ranges of South Australia. Or celebrate the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival with The Point in South Melbourne, on their Family Fair Day. Read more and join now to enter.

All AGE Subscribers! Don't forget you have only until the end of February to join and be in the draw to win a 5-day $3000 holiday in the South of Tasmania, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania, Innkeepers and Escape the Victorian heat and enter now!

Are you a summer winner? Find out which subscribers won the half-dozen select Mandala wines, the 3 family passes to the Red Hill Show, the 3 double passes to the Cool Climate Wine Show public tasting or the 5 copies of Guide to Salmon here.

Perhaps the best prizes go to our Members, however: which two couples will be attending the International Cool Climate Wine Show Dinner as our guests, and who will be serenading your partner over dinner and wine at Mandala Estate in the Yarra Valley?

For new subscribers and Members, we run great competitions monthly - with fabulous wine, dining and travel prizes. So don't be shy, you can enter each month. membership card McClelland Wines Gallery

Get in touch in 2009

It's a long newsletter this month, but there's so much to share with you over our action-packed summer - just graze on what you like. But don't forget to fill in our quick poll, above. Feedback is always welcome. We'll also be inviting you to fill in our annual survey soon, for your chance to win some select and very yummy South Australian wines from Horlin-Smith Wines.

You can email us anytime at with your suggestions - let us know what you want more (or less) of. Whoever makes the best suggestion this month will receive a free Membership, so send us your ideas.

Good health and all the best for 2009 - let's beat those economic blues together!

To our Chinese readers, a happy and prosperous Year of the Ox, and congratulations to our oldest Member, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, on her 100th birthday. Her annual Twilight Jazz Picnic - fundraiser for the nearby McClelland Gallery of which she is Patron - will be held on 21st February in her magnificent garden at Cruden Farm, Langwarrin, and promises to be an exceptional event this year. Support the arts, music and a wonderful long life!


Robyn Lewis and the team

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