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Shiraz Top Tipple
You're invited to team up with family and friends and head to the Geelong region for the 4th annual Winter Shiraz Weekend to be held over the weekend of Friday 5th to Sunday 6th July. This is a two day celebration of Geelong wine complete with great food, entertainment and free admission to participating wineries.
Geelong is at the centre of one of Victoria's premier wine growing districts. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media
The event kicks off on Friday evening from 5 PM to 7 PM with complimentary shiraz tastings at three leading venues, Bottles and Barrels, Union Street Wine Bar and Barwon Heads Wine Store.
On Saturday and Sunday 29 participating wineries will run individual programs with the opportunity for visitors to meet local vignerons in three sub-regions, the Bellarine, the Moorabool Valley and the Surf Coast.
Twenty-nine Cellar Doors will be open for tastings during the Winter Shiraz Weekend event. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media
The Winter Shiraz Weekend promises to be a feast of fine wine experiences, great food, local produce, entertainment and wine education.
Participating wineries include Bellbrae Estate, Barwon Ridge Wines, Clyde Park, Del Rios of Mt Anakie, Jack Rabbit Vineyard and Leura Park Estate to name just a few of 29 great participating venues.
You'll find a full list of participating wineries and a complete program for the weekend on the Winter Shiraz Weekend website.
For The Love of Grape Specialty Wine tours are currently taking bookings for their public tour on Saturday 6th July or private group bookings for groups of 10 or more people.
The public tour will visit 4 or 5 venues for tastings with a Festival style lunch available at the wineries (at your own expense). Tickets for this tour start at $110 per person.
Some of the finest wines from the Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and the Surf Coast will be showcased during the Winter Shiraz Weekend.
A full-day private group tour on either Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th July will include your choice of the wineries to visit, home pickup and return and a festival style lunch at your own expense also starts from $110 per person.
The private tour with a sit-down winery lunch starts from $149 per person.
For more information and bookings go to The Love Of Grape website or telephone 0408 388 332
Winter Shiraz Weekend - great wine, great food. What more could you ask for over the weekend Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July.