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Amateur Winemakers On Show
Entries are in for the 47th annual Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show with judging to take place on Friday & Saturday 24th & 25th August and the Open Day featuring awards, presentations and public wine tastings to be staged at The Briars Barn, Nepean Highway, Mount Martha on Sunday the 26th between 10 AM and 3 PM.
There'l be some unusual wines on show at the 47th annual Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show.
The Frankston Amateur Winemakers Guild was formed in 1969, the idea of an English winemaker and member of the Harrow Guild in London who migrated to Australia and was keen to set up a similar guild here.
Strictly amateurs the members of the Guild produce homemade wines using all manner of ingredients including fruits & vegetables, herbs, flowers and, wait for it, even grapes on occasion.
This event showcases amateur winemakers doing their thing with some odd ingredients including fruits & vegetables, herbs and flowers.
The event is a unique opportunity to test your palate on some unusual wines and to meet and get tips from the amateur winemakers who create some truly amazing products.
But the humble grape doesn't miss out altogether with lots of traditional wines in the competition.
Cost of entry is $15 and includes wine tastings and a complimentary tasting glass.
The Briars is a 19th Century property featuring a rare collection of Napoleonic memorabilia and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic on the day, use one of the public BBQ's available or enjoy a very special lunch at Josephine's Restaurant at The Briars.
Getting There ..
The Briars is 78 Kilometres south of Melbourne, just under a 90-minute drive via the Princes Freeway/M1 and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway/M11.
Get on down to The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha on Sunday 26th August between 10 AM and 3 PM to test your palate on some great amateur wines.