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As the stockmarket continues its topsy-turvy ride and we are all left wondering when and where it might end, consider one thing – we all have to keep eating and drinking. Summer is also on its way in Australia – the season of bountiful fruit and other produce – so now more than ever it’s a good time to think about connecting with your local growers, producers and retailers, and to keep regional economies (and your own, perhaps) flowing, along with summer wine.

At VisitVineyards.com we are committed to promoting this wonderful produce – both wine and food – and our new Membership program helps you to connect with growers, chefs and makers. Here's how it works: they design exclusive wine and food experiences for us, which then by joining as a Member you can access, along with great savings and benefits throughout the entire year. So get more from your travels and your budget by becoming a Member now.

We are rewarding you, our loyal subscribers, with the opportunity to become a ‘Foundation Member’ at the special price of only A$49 for an entire year of benefits. This is absolutely enormous value for money and after February 2009, this price will not be repeated. And if you buy for yourself and your partner, or as a gift for a fellow wine or food lover, you can save even more in November and receive your choice of a bonus wine book - find out more here

As a Foundation Member you will get first offers, special releases and other benefits over your entire Membership – we value and reward your loyalty, too. Here's what travel writer Sheriden Rhodes wrote about us in The Age: "VisitVineyards.com enables food and wine buffs to get the red-carpet treatment... and makes it just that bit more special. Membership gives you insider access to experiences you may never have tried, or know existed, and priority over other consumers..".

Andrew McUtchen of the Sunday Herald Sun (also a VisitVineyards.com Member) enthused: "I was connected with chief winemakers on arrival, given access to the top drops - not just the $20 price points - and plied with local cheeses, tapenades and fresh produce". Right now we’re expanding our coverage beyond the Mornington Peninsula to other food and wine regions across Australia, too – but don't wait, take advantage of our special introductory price now.

The most amazing thing about checking out our Partners for inclusion in the VisitVineyards.com Membership program is the enthusiasm that people who work in wine and food industry have. They work amazingly long hours, to incredibly exacting standards, and yet they literally bubble over with excitement when they’re asked to explain their why.

In writing our articles, compiling tasting notes, competition prizes and special offers, we have come across some truly delightful producers – here are some of this month’s standouts:

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Rocco Esposito, BeechworthSartains at Mornington

Beechworth's wine service is wow!

In 14 short years Rocco Esposito has gone from a wine novice to winner of the best wine service award for Victoria, and he's using his new found skills to bring something very special to regional wine lovers.

Read more wine news on VisitVineyards.com including the international award recently won by the Barossa Valley - congratulations! - the latest wine show winners, and our regular selection of this month’s food and wine events.

Sartains at Mornington

Sally Sartain's B&B just north of Mornington is truly a hidden gem. As a VisitVineyards.com Member you will be treated to a welcoming gift on arrival of a bottle of local wine, and nibbles like pate and parmesan biscuits. After this, all you might want to do is put your feet up and forget the city traffic, then maybe stroll around the delightful garden in the evening light, or have a hit of tennis on the court before dinner.

Sally puts hospitable back into 'hospitality' - she cheerfully serves meals, too, if you just want to relax in this little oasis - and with a garden full of birds including a Japanese meditation space, the most comfortable beds, and no urban noise, the charm and peace is maybe just what the doctor ordered.

A guide to Fish, by Hilary McNevinBaloons over the Barossa ValleyThe rewards of patience by Andrew Caillard

Win, wine lover, win

Didn’t do so well in the Melbourne Cup? Never mind - there are two great competitions on VisitVineyards.com this month:

  • Subscribers can enter a draw to win a trio of red wines from the Barossa and Coonawarra regions of SA - our featured regions in November. Runners up will receive a copy of Seasonal by Steve Manfredi or Guide to Fish, by Hilary McNevin – your guide to sustainable fish consumption, with recipes and wine and beer matching suggestions. Subscribers can enter here now.

  • If you’ve already upgraded to become a VisitVineyards.com Foundation Member, you can enter to win two tickets to the Pinot Noir Garden Showcase on Sunday 8 February 2009, held at Red Hill in the Mornington Peninsula. Runners up will receive either a signed copy of Italian Local by Tobie Puttock or one of three copies of Penfolds – Reward of Patience, by Andrew Caillard, a unique wine book which looks at vertical tastings of almost the entire Penfolds range of wines, including all Grange vintages. More details on the Members’ competition and prizes can be found here.

The winner of September's first prize, Mr C. Gore, was naturally delighted, and contacted us to say:

"First of all, congratulations on your excellent website and a first class idea.

I was extremely happy to join, and even happier when I checked competition winners and was thrilled to see my name as the winner of the Chateau d’Yquem. Wow – one of those wines that you hope that you may someday taste but probably don’t expect to. You've made my day”.

Please remember to check to see if you won last month’s competitions, including the dinner for two at The European.

Some random fun - a wine jackpot! Each month we'll select a subscriber at random to win a select bottle of wine. If the winner does not claim it by checking on the website, then the prize will accumulate. Find out who and what it is here.

Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Carnival sparklers

If your horse came in at the Melbourne Cup you'll still be celebrating. Put something exquisite into your Champagne flutes - from Taste Food and Wine 2008 we have 10 great French Champagnes for your Spring Carnival celebrations.

Members have exclusive access to the latest Taste Food and Wine 2009 reviews: read about some stellar new Australian sparkling and Champagne releases here.

Koto: A Culinary Journey through Vietnam

Amazing Vietnam

You either love or hate Jamie Oliver, but you can’t deny that his Fifteen Restaurant chain isn’t making amazing changes in young peoples’ lives. However, Jamie isn’t the first to use the hospitality industry to give amazing opportunities to young people. Tracey Lister, a Melbourne-born chef, has been working with Koto in Hanoi, Vietnam for several years, bringing young Vietnamese kids off the streets and into some of the best international hotels in South East Asia.

Wine dogs of Barmah Park Winery
La Petanque Restaurant

Unique wine and food experiences for VisitVineyards.com Members

Our website is full of wonderful places like Sally Sartain's, delicious food finds and great new wine discoveries. As a Member you will have access to a growing list of amazing offers from our wine, food and travel partners – all viewable on the VisitVineyards.com website or on your mobile phone. Here’s another delightful selection from the Mornington Peninsula – and note, these offers are expanding to other wine and food regions now.

Find out more about VisitVineyards.com Membership here.

All subscribers (that’s anyone who receives this newsletter) have the opportunity to join VisitVineyards.com as a special Foundation Member – with year-round extra benefits and privileges – at the not-to-be-repeated rate of A$49 (price valid to the end of February 2009). So join online now or download a pdf and fax or post to us

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Wondering what to give a wine or food lover this festive season?

Looking for a perfect gift for someone who likes wine and food? (you, for example). Then why not buy yourself or them a VisitVineyards.com Membership? It’s a gift for an entire year of food and wine experiences, savings and benefits. If you run a business, treat your staff as well – it’s an affordable reward with benefits through the entire year. Read more about gift Memberships here or simply email us at members@visitvineyards.com for your gift enquiries – allow 1-2 weeks for delivery, probably 3 closer to Christmas.

Robyn Lewis, CEO, VisitVineyards.com

Get in touch

We hope you are enjoying your newsletter and the new look VisitVineyards.com, your home for wine, food and travel information on the web. Don't forget to fill in our quick poll, above. Feedback is always welcome. Next month we'll invite you to participate in a subscribers’ survey – it will be your chance to tell us what you want, so we can constantly improve and better meet your needs.

You can also email us at subscribers@visitvineyards.com with your suggestions - and to let us know what you want more (or less) of. Whoever makes the best suggestion this month will receive an extra Membership, so get in touch.

Until next time, good health and happiness!



Robyn Lewis and the VisitVineyards.com team

Andrew Hickinbotham, of Hickinbotham of Dromana

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Their style is most easily described as a hot blend of jazz, swing, blues, and boogie. If you are a VisitVineyards.com Member and you are in the Mornington Peninsula region this weekend, or just looking for something to do on Saturday night, you are invited along to enjoy The Shuffle Club at Hickinbotham of Dromana.

Entry is free to VisitVineyards.com Members (normally $25). Please phone Andrew or Terryn on 03 5981 0355 to book and present your card(s) on arrival. Hickinbotham's wonderful wines and beautiful beers will be available for purchase and you can enjoy a meal in the restaurant for $30 per person. If you aren’t a Member already, join now online, print out your receipt/temporary Membership card(s) and get back half your annual Membership on your first night out. Have fun.