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Wine and food news and reviews

Appetite for Excellence 2013 It's all good news!  From organic dairying in Victoria, accolades for Australia's whisky state, the next generation of culinary stars to new wine and food books and a very important question about wine quality:

(Try your hand at recipes from two of the winners in the tasting notes and recipe sections on right – one's an awesome cocktail! )

ODFA butter Books we've loved lately: 

Do you start your day with a coffee, as so many of us do, without really giving any thought as to where it actually comes from?


On a sad note, a hug for our friends at Puddleduck Vineyard on the loss of beloved wine dog Bazil after a good innings of almost 17 years. Always a welcoming face and paw at the cellar door.

But congratulations too, as Jackie Brown of Puddleduck is one of 12 SMEs around Australia to be selected for Facebook's small business accelerator program (and the only winery/vineyard). And even better as Jackie learnt about this opportunity on our VisitVineyards facebook page and entered as a result! Well done!!

 More on wine at VisitVineyards.com/wine » 


 More on food at VisitVineyards.com/food » 


Wine and food travel

Margaret River, by Frances Andrijich

From west to south and then to the nation's capital, wine, food and flowers are the theme this month!

Margaret River, an iconic destination for Australian and international travellers has an abundance of outstanding wine and food set amongst some stunning scenery.

Photographer Frances Andrijich has captured the many moods of this unique region in the beautiful and timeless Margaret River »

Mix a Master of Photography with a celebrated cook, add an island of splendour and simplicity and the result is another glorious book with a potent sense of place in all that this phrase engenders.

An 'island under an island under an island', Bruny is bountiful in produce, people and natural delights. Bruny Island: Food from the Edge of the World is an enticement to travel and to enjoy »

In Canberra Floriade bursts forth with colours, sights and smells of spring. This year the taste sensations will be enhanced by the likes of original MasterChef Julie Goodwin, the effervescent Simon Bryant, Meredith Kirton, Poh Ling Yeow and Shane Delia. Foodies, pack your bags for the nation's capital »

For more wine and culinary travel ideas click here: VisitVineyards.com/tours » 


Wine and food events around Australia & NZ

Wine tasting at the Yarra Valley shedfest

In Victoria it's all about sheds and scarecrows, in Hobart the Tall Ships are set to launch some waterfront celebrations, there's an Italian influence in the air on the Granite Belt and plenty for pinotphiles too.

  • Mornington (Vic): fun Hinterland Scarecrows – 20 Sep-21 Oct »
  • Yarra Valley (Vic): join winemakers at Shedfest – 12-13 Oct »
  • Granite Belt (Qld): It's Primavera!  – 1 Sep - 30 Nov »
  • Hobart (Tas): festivities welcome the Tall Ships – 20-25 Sep »
  • Hunter Valley (NSW): Wyndham Opera in the Vines – 19 Oct »
  • New England (NSW): Taste of New England – 29 Sep »
  • Perth Hills (WA): Taste of Chittering – 7 Sep »
  • Canberra (ACT): Floriade Nightfest – 25-29 Sep »
  • Barossa Valley (SA): Long Lunch at Tanunda – 27 Sep »
  • Central Otago (NZ): Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Fest - 14 Sep »

And for pinot lovers, there's no better chance to indulge your chosen love and get hip deep in the some of the finest pinots made in the southern hemisphere! Pinot Palooza in Melbourne on 5th Oct, then in Sydney on 7th and up to Brisbane on the 13th Oct »

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


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


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Win WA accommodation, wine, tickets, books and more

Bonking Frog Wines in the Geographe wine region

What a terrific range of sping giveaways just for you – a short break in beautiful vineyard accommodation, mixed wine, your own grapevine, train travel, tickets and more!

Thinking of a trip out west to explore the wine and food? Our friends at Bonking Frog Wines in the Geographe wine region (just north of Margeret River) want you to come and stay! Win 3 or 4 nights' accommodation or one of four mixes half cases of their delicious wines »

Adopt-A-Vine is a unique gift for a wine lover or a way to dip your toe in the world of winemaking without investing thousands. Win your own grape vine to nurture and then savour the end result! »

Forget the desi driver when you Toast the Coast around Geelong, and ride in comfort with V/Line! We have 5 packages of tickets and V/Line train travel from anywhere in Victoria to be won »

Plumm, with its five glass theory of wine enjoyment, produces fine glassware for the table but knows entertaining often moves outdoors in the warmer months, hence the range of Plumm outdoor glasses. You could win one of four sets in time for summer »

ODFA butter For a thoroughly entertaining jaunt from A-Z in the wine world, we recommend Through a Sparkling Glass by Andrea Frost. Brimming with stories and info about wine (not just about sparkling) and written in an easy, friendly way. Win one of five, yes five, copies! »

Just released is Luke Mangan's latest book, the stylish Salt Grill: fine dining for the whole family with signature dishes from his renowned restaurants along with personal favourites. This is stunning and is current hot favourite for our Cookbook of the Year.  Get in now, we have three copies to be won »

WINNERS where are you?  Best check our Winners' page now because at the end of September, Kerry's off on holiday and you'll be waiting a month for your prize!

More great giveaways: VisitVineyards.com/win » 


  Are you a winner? Find out now » 


Spring savings for Auto Club Members

Outdoor eating at Balgownie Estate, Bendigo and Yarra Valley

Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz, time to head where the vineyards is! Auto club members*, pack your card if travelling in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland and enjoy that little extra spring saving at:

* RACV, RACT, RACQ, RAA, RAWA or NRMA members and policy holders, and all AAA members visiting from overseas.

 Find more at: RACT.VisitVineyards.com/save » 


 50 more places to save at: RACV.VisitVineyards.com/save » 


 Find out more: RACQ.VisitVineyards.com/save » 


Your exclusive subscriber offers

Rooftop dining at Matra Quaydide, Port Macquarie

Travel in body or travel in mind, we have both covered this month!

The beautiful seaside town of Port Macquarie offers many reasons to visit  including coastal vistas and quiet waterways plus diverse dining and wineries, two things very close to all our hearts.

Mantra Quayside is offering VisitVineyards.com subscribers a package of special pricing and a gourmet picnic hamper »

Tasmania is special – yes, we know we do bang on a bit about it from time to time, but to help convince you we're not mad, get a taste of our lifestyle from afar with a FREE copy of the state's flagship magazine Tasmania 40 Degrees South »

Enjoy many more:VisitVineyards.com/subscriber-offers »


Winemakers' Federation seeks feedback

Picnic in the vineyards

Are you in the wine industry? As we all know, things have been tough in the past five years, and NOW is your chance to provide some input. Some of you have told us in our July-August survey, now it's your chance to let the Winemakers' Federation know what you think.

There are two reports you need to read: I'd recommend starting on the 'Expert Review Report' (which is pretty heavy going) and then reading the 'WFA Actions Paper' to see how the WFA propose to act on the findings. You can download both on WFA's website here, plus the schedule for consultation in SA, Vic and NSW »

You have until Friday 18th October to provide feedback to the WFA Board. Consulations are planned NSW, Vic and SA between 1-10 October (bad luck if you are in WA, Tas or Qld). Here's the pdf schedule from the WFA website »

If you'd rather do you own marketing and want to learn more about social media, why not join our Social Media + Wine group on facebook? There are over 400 members posting tips and asking questions, it's all free and you can just look.

Or for those of you who'd rather just drink the stuff, eat good food and have an occasional chat,  you can drop by the VisitVineyards facebook page and talk to Kerry and Robyn here »

Enjoy spring, and we look forward to hearing from you – cheers from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew, Laura and the VV team.

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