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Winning wines, fab festivals and tours, special offers and an exclusive peek into Savour Tasmania

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Tasmanian red wine weekend Hi everyone – we're back with a bang in 2013, and set to make this year the most exciting one yet. Thanks for lots of great feedback on our February newsletters – it's good to hear from you and we're pleased that you enjoy our wine, food and travel style

This month we're continuing to support our friends in Tassie as they recover from the summer bushfires and move into a beautiful, calm autumn. If we didn't manage to tempt you to book that ticket with all the Tasmanian goodies in our last newsletter, now we have even more! Yes, Savour Tasmania is back in May, and it promises to be better then ever – scroll down to check out the mouth-watering list of international and Australian chefs who are featuring this year.

And the wines... we still can't get over some of those we drank at least year's events – simply fabulous. Come and try for yourself. The Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend is part of Savour Tasmania, and it's a pinot (and cool-climate shiraz) lovers paradise!

While you browse this month's wine edition, please take note of the photographs, and let us know if you like them (or not!). Nominate your favourite in this edition (and why) and go in the draw to win Ryn and Cordie's excellent wine and food matching book »

Read on, relax and enjoy some of the fabulous things in wine and food that Australian and New Zealand have to offer....

SPECIAL FEATURE: Savour Tasmania's exciting 2013 culinary lineup

Savout Tasmania 2013

Savour Tasmania returns in 2013 with an array of events celebrating Tasmanian produce and beverages, their producers and the chefs who bring these elements to our table with passion and flair.

Leading international and national chefs will travel to Tasmania from 29 May to June 2 to delight food and wine enthusiasts with a series of events, sample our produce and share their knowledge with the state’s chefs and apprentices.

Savour Tasmania's mission is to promote the flavour, diversity and purity of Tasmanian produce. Now in its fifth year, the event has placed Tasmania firmly on the map of gourmet destinations around the world.

This year’s line-up includes Michelin-starred Belgian chef Kobe Desramaults, Maha maestro Shane Delia, PorkStar Colin Fassnidge, dessert demon Darren Purchese and another Australian chef (to be announced March 17) as well as local talent including Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans and Luke Burgess from the much-acclaimed Garagistes.

Tickets go on sale March 20, so note this date in your diary, as the big name events sell out very fast.  Read more and choose now »

Click on the banner to go to Savour Tasmania's website.

Wine winners, news and reviews

Bay of Fires Wines Pinot Noir

The Macquarie Sydney Royal Wine Show has been and gone for 2013. Chardonnay, semillon, pinot noir and sparkling were the stand outs, 'demonstrating the strength of the Australian wine industry'.

Pinot noir most impressed the judging team of 33 senior and associate judges with Tasmania’s Bay of Fires leading the way with its 2011 Pinot Noir, which collected the coveted Macquarie Group Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of the Show. Read about this wine and other trophy winners here »

Congratulations also to South Australia's Brendan Carter, a fourth-year Uni student  who took out the inaugural Graham Thorp Scholarship at the Sydney Royal, the first in what’s planned to be a suite of Sydney Royal Wine scholarships »

Remember Graeme Lofts' excellent book on Australia's First Families of Wine, Heart  & Soul, which was nominated in the New World Wines category of The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards last year? Australia is now now quenching China's thirst for wines with our exports and for the First Families these are set to take a boost, with a new edition just published in Mandarin, available in Asia »

Huge congrats to Wyndham Estate at Branxton in the north of the Hunter Valley, who are celebrating national acclaim with their win in the Wineries, Distillieries and Boutique Breweries category for the best tourism winery in Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards. Hugely deserved, a great visitors' experience »

One of Orange's newest vignerons, Sassy Wines, is showcasing this dynamic region's varietal diversity, and experimenting with 'a sophisticated alternative to pinot grigio', arneis »

Noticed the national trend to cider over the hotter weather? To help manage unprecedented industry growth – cider reportedly makes up nearly 4% of Australia's alcohol market – Cider Australia is expanding its Board and is appointing an inaugural executive officer. Interested? »

 
 More on wine at VisitVineyards.com/wine » 

 

Wine travel – from Tasmania to Tuscany

Tamar River view across to Stillwater Restaurant

The Tamar Valley in Tasmania's north is renowned for its cool climate wines and at its heart lies Launceston, a city graced with Victorian buildings, a vibrant food scene, history and arts culture, all backdropped against the natural beauty of The Gorge.

Here's just a small taste of what your exploration of the Launceston region could look like »

On the other side of the world, guests of Uncorked and Cultivated's Italian wine and food tour late last year enjoyed the amazing tastes, sights and sounds of Tuscany and Piemonte.

From dining in castles or restaurants at the end of cobbled Siena streets, to sipping wine on the ramparts, this authentic epicurean experience was a real taste of old and new Italy »

When wining and dining your way around the Geelong and Bellarine region, why not top your culinary exploits off with some fresh air and gentle excercise? The excellent book The Best Walks of Geelong, The Bellarine and Brisbane Ranges by Julie Mundy has over forty walks, including one of Point Lonsdale and The Rip »

Look out for next month's wine and food travel sections as we put on our walking boots and hit more wine trails on foot!

 

 For more wine travel ideas: VisitVineyards.com/tours » 

 

A huge lineup of wine and food events

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Autumn has arrived but there's no slowing of the festivities around the country and across the Tasman, especially considering it's vintage. We can't believe how much is on!

WA: it's Vintage Weekend in the beautiful Swan Valley – 15-17 Mar »

SA: in the iconic Barossa, it's also time for the Vintage Festival30 Mar - 7 Apr »

TAS: arguably the best country show in the state if not Australia, head to the Bream Creek Show and support this fire-affected community as they rally together  – 16 Mar »

ACT: discover some hidden gems at the Tour of the Regions Wine Dinner – 14 Mar »

The Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival (part of April's Aussie Wine Month) is on 6-7 Apr »

NSW: celebrating all that is excellent about the Mudgee wine industry at the Heroes and Icons Dinner23 Mar »

In Sydney you can Taste the Tasmanian Difference at the Taste of Sydney, and go in the draw to win a Tasmanian holiday for two, airfares included. 14-17 Mar »

Qld: Elevate your taste at Grazing the Granite Belt, part of the Aussie Wine Month celebrations – 13-14 Apr »

Vic: It's regional Victoria's 'favourite food and wine festival'. Indulge in local bounty at the 25th Tastes of Rutherglen16-17 Mar »

NT: The Darwin Heritage Festival kicks off with a spooky night. You'll need a wine after that for sure! 14-20 Apr »

NZ: celebrating the upcoming harvest, Waipara Wine & Food Festival 24 Mar »

Plus in Tasmania it's Ten Days on the Island time with diverse range of artists and events around the state from 15-24 March, and of course, across Victoria the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival continues though the entire month.

 Find more events near you: VisitVineyards.com/calendar » 

 

 Read more about what's on: VisitVineyards.com/events » 

 

Event organisers and marketers, don't forget you can list your food and wine events on our calendar FREE. Simply go to VisitVineyards.com/MyAccount and enter your event details.

 

Win dinner tickets, superb wines or great books

Pinot Noir from Springvale Vineyards

We have some very special dinner tickets to be won plus superb cool climate wines from Tasmania, delicious dairy and some of our favourite books.

But wait there's more!

Good luck!

 More competitions:VisitVineyards.com/win » 

 

 Are you a winner?Find out now » 

 

Going touring? Your special subscriber offers

Hedonistic Hiking

Touring is the flavour of these special subscriber offers. Whether you're planning to journey to France, Italy or do some touring closer to home in the island state.

There's surely no better way to experience the sights, smells and sounds of Italy's culinary delights than a gourmet walking tour with the people who have gained an intimate knowledge over decades – Hedonistic Hiking. And here's a special incentive to book your tour now »

In May 2013, Peter Scudamore-Smith MW of Uncorked and Cultivated will host an exclusive tour to France, the birthplace of wine culture and haute cuisine. Devote yourself to the sensuous enjoyment of travelling and savouring first class wine and food and perfect your palate. Book now and save up to $300 »

Tasmania (as you are probably now more aware after our recent campaign!) is an island state not just full of wine and food delights but truly amazing arts, plenty of history and some of the most beautiful natural places in the country. (Please forgive our natural bias!). Accommodation venues around the state want you to come and stay, play, wine and dine and with these special offers for VisitVineyards.com Members and subscribers, can you refuse? »

We've got more special offers coming through soon so keep an eye on the link below and in our next newsletter (26th Mar) for details.

 

Eggs, shamrocks and a helping hand

Kobe Desramaults

While we continue to do our bit to promote Tasmania's recovery after the recent bushfires, we realise that many parts of NSW and Queenland are still suffering post-floods. Please help by donating to the Queensland Floods 2013 Red Cross Appeal here, and we'll be looking at doing some special Queensland features once the recovery is underway. In the meantime, we're thinking of you all.

Personally I can't believe Easter is almost here already. Time for thinking about eggs, hot cross buns, and all the other things that go to making Easter special! Whether you're at the Brown Brothers Annual Easter Wine and Food Festival in Milawa, or spending time with your family, or at home, we hope you have an enjoyable time.

Don't forget, if you want tickets to the fabulous dinners at Savour Tasmania (see above), including the dinner at Garagistes by Michelin-starred Belgian chef Kobe Desramaults (pictured), Sweet Studio's Darren Purchese and Shane Delia of Melbourne's Maha, make sure you get on the phone early on 20th March or you might miss out. Contact details and more info here »

And for those of you celebrating St Patrick's Day this coming weekend, Sláinte! 

Cheers from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew, Laura and the rest of the VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive team, and see you again in our next edition on 26th March.

(Check us out here! »)

Missed your last newsletter? (Feb Food edition) Catch up here »
 
 
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