The Weekend: The Canberra Wine Harvest Festival

by The Editor

If craft beer isn’t really your thing, and you’re more inclined to kick back with a well-rounded pinot than a pale ale, then perhaps the Canberra Wine Harvest Festival is more your scene.  Hell, we’re up for both!  Some of the region’s best wineries are throwing their doors open with a range of special events to mark the Festival.

Canberrans are invited to celebrate the 2012 wine harvest at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival this coming weekend, 14-15 April.  24 local wineries are participating in what is sure to be a great two days for locals keen on the region’s finer tipples.

According to organisers, the festival will offer plenty of cool climate wines, as well as food, live music and some fabulous harvest events all set within the surrounds of local suppliers.

Some of the experiences on offer as part of this year’s festival include master winemaking classes and a harvest degustation lunch at Lark Hill; a grape crushing competition, local art display and live music at Shaw Vineyard Estate; a vertical tasting of Petit Verdot, live jazz and harvest platters at Barton Estate; bottling your own wine and wine appreciation sessions at Dionysus Winery; watching the fruit being processed, tasting fermenting wine from tanks and plunging the reds at Jeir Creek Wines;  market stalls, soulful music and Pétanque lessons at Shepherds Run Wines; and tasting the rare 2011 Auslese Riesling at Clonakilla.*  All the details can be found here, and you can download the program from here.

Also, a Festival Passport is also available. Visitors can grab their own passport at any of the participating wineries, get it stamped at three different wineries and go into the draw to win one of three cases of Canberra’s finest wines.

There’s only one outstanding issue:

Who’s driving?