A taste of the region

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Jun-2015

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Join the Bendigo wine region on July 4 and 5 to discover the mystery and romance of winemaking with exclusive barrel tasting sessions at participating wineries.

Like eating cherries from the tree or bread just out of the oven, the Barrel Tasting weekend offers the ability to taste wine right from the source and enjoy a bit of barrel alchemy.

“It’s the ultimate sneak preview of the magic happening right now in wine barrels across Bendigo,” Bendigo Winegrowers Association president Bill Blamires said.  

“Meet the winemakers who’ll be keen to chat about the latest vintage, and taste future releases straight from the barrel. Harvest is over, grapes have been crushed and fermented. But that’s just the beginning of the winemaking process.”

In cellars and barrel halls right now winemakers in the Bendigo region are observing the shared relationship between wine, oak and the atmosphere.

Each exclusive and intimate barrel tasting session over the weekend offers the opportunity to find out what the winemaker looks for as wine matures in oak. Tasting sessions will be conducted at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at each winery.

Patrons need to book their barrel tasting session at their starting winery. Wineries will assist with any forward bookings. There is no cost to attend. However, numbers are limited.

“If you fall in love with a certain drop, be sure to check with the winemaker about a pre-release purchase at a special price,” Mr Blamires said.

Participating wineries are Bullock Creek Vineyard, Balgownie Estate, BlackJack Vineyards, Connor Park Winery, Harcourt Valley Vineyards, Killiecrankie Wines, Mandurang Valley Winery, Sandhurst Ridge Winery and Water Wheel Vineyards.

More information: www.bendigowine.org.au/events

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