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Great Southern wines head to Perth
The Great Southern region of Western Australia represents one of the most diverse and engaging food and wine regions in the country.
And it's fast making a name for itself as a stunning wine making region with its wine varietals such as Shiraz, Riesling and Pinot Noir, all competing strongly on the world stage.
Those wines are coming to Perth on Saturday, April 1, as part of Taste Great Southern, Australia's biggest food festival that offers more than 40 events across the region around Albany from March 23 to April 9.
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The Great Southern Wine Market will be an opportunity to hear from the wineries, growers and artisans exploring a region famed for its cold climate offerings.
There will be two sessions on the day, the first from 11am to 1.30pm and the second from 3pm to 5.30pm.
The $55 ticket includes a Petition tasting glass.
Visitors to the event are being encouraged to make a night of it at the State Buildings by ending the afternoon at the Great Southern Wine Markets with a meal at one of Perth's hottest dining venues - Wildflower, Post, Petition or Long Chim.
Reservations can be made by phoning (08) 6168 7780.
Taste Great Southern event organiser Richard Campbell said the Great Southern Wine Market was an ideal way to introduce some the fabulous wines of the region to the broader Perth market.
Many wineries are located along the pristine southern coastline.
"The main sub regions are all proud of what they produce and include the wine centres of Frankland River, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Denmark and Albany," he said.