Grape Grazing in the Yarra Valley

Yesterday marked the start of the 21st Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival. Until 18th February various festival events are going to take place in different locations around the Yarra Valley.

For program details please visit www.grapegrazing.com.au.

Today for instance a Tempranillo and Tapas event is being organised at Sutherland Estate (www.sutherlandestate.com.au). I wrote about this vineyard before, beautifully located. You should taste their Tempranillo wine (released only recently) but also their other reds (Shiraz). On a hot day, the whites and the rose make the right drink.

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Spectacular views from Sutherland cellar door

If you are in for live Motown music you have to go to Yering Farm (www.yeringfarmwines.com). Alan Johns and his crew will serve you their hand-crafted and award-winning wines. Try the premium Yering Farm Wines series, especially the award winning 2003 Chardonnay.

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Charming rustic cellar door at Yering Farm

Today you can participate in a picnic for the palate (On the Palate Summer Festival) at Healesville Racecourse where about 15 wineries show their finest wines and were you can enjoy regional food (www.onthepalate.com.au). The lawns of the local country race track are a fabulous spot for a picnic under old oak trees. You can meet the wine makers there and the chefs of some of the best local restaurants will offer you their food.

If you are in the vicinity check it out. If you plan to visit Victoria in the near and not so near future make it your destination.

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