Yay it's Easter, school holidays and there's lots coming up in wine and food country. Plus Tasmanian pinot noir and more giveaways.
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Things to do over Easter and beyond, pinot noir and books to win, and your vintage reports from around Australia. Find out what's hot and happening! 


We love this time of year in wine and food country – the weather is mild and calm, vintage is largely over and it's perfect for getting out there among the vines (or anywhere there are fabulous wines!) for some much-needed R&R and wine tasting of new releases. There are up-market experiences to enjoy like Tali Wiru Dining Under the Stars at Voyages Uluru above; honey-making at Saffire on Tasmania's gorgeous East Coast (see below) through to pop-up vineyards stays in converted containers in regional Victoria, and glamping at Mudgee to enjoy. Team that with some vineyard visits and you have a perfect short break!

Around Australia and in NZ too, vintage 2019 #V19 has been largely kind, but with some yields down (by 50% from reports from some South Australian regions) but fine in others, and with great quality. Sadly some producers in Tasmania's Huon Valley were affected by bushfire smoke, but many have been able to make at least some wines, so if you're down that way or see their lovely wines in your local store, show them some love and support them where you can. As we know, the winemaking 'industry' is also a community, and you as a loyal supporter are part of it too. <3

Scroll down for more news, reviews and things to do, or to win some beautiful Tasmanian pinot noir from the multiple-award-winning Milford Vineyard (established over 30 years ago, so with excellent vine age showing in the wines). Happy Easter from the VV Team – cheers from Robyn, Kerry, Cam and Laura. 

in the NEWS

Vintage reports: it's that frantic time of year around wine country; the grapes have been harvested, wines are being made and anxiously watched over.  Yields are down but it seems less means better this year:

Lyndey Milan OAM is joining Gartelmann Wines for a special lunch at Regatta Rose Bay »

Brewers of Far North Queensland join forces to showcase their increasingly popular brews at the Cairns' Craft Beer Festival in May »

Social enterprise Sparkke Change Beverage Company has opened a female-led brewpub at Adelaide's Whitmore Hotel »

under REVIEW
Interested in where your food comes from? Sara highly recommends The Food Sharing Revolution to help understand the big and small picture »

NEW books
Todd Alexander relates his tree-change to the Hunter Valley in  Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga »

Indulge in style as afternoon relaxes to evening. Stevan Paul shares recipes and drink suggestions from around the world in Dining at Dusk »

130 season by season recipes show "I love you","I've got your back" or "I'm here" in the lovely Basket at the Door by Sophie Hansen »

More wine & drinks please »
Food, glorious food »


Hunter Valley Wine  & Food Festival: 1 May-30 Jun »
Batlow Cider Festival: 17-19 May »
Lovedale Long Lunch, Hunter Valley: 18-19 May »
Slice of Haven Food & Wine Fest, Hastings River: 26 May »

Canberra International Music Festival: 2-12 May »
EASI Night Market, Canberra: 3-5 May »

Anywhere Festival, Brisbane: 9-26 May »
Hampton Food & Wine Festival: 19 May »
Grazing the Granite Belt: 19-20 May »

Plate Up Ballarat: 1-31 May »
Grampians Grape Escape: 4-5 May »
Kellybrook Cider Festival: 4-5 May »
Good Beer Week, Melb: 10-19 May »
Mornington Peninsula Winter Wine Weekend: 8-10 Jun »

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival: 16-19 May »
Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend 17-19 May »
Sea & Vines, McLaren Vale: 8-10 Jun »

Margaret River Open Studios: 27 Apr-12 May »
Bickley Harvest Festival: 4-5 May »
Knotting Hill Marron Feast, Wilyabrup: 1-2 Jun »

Fresh Hop Beer Fest, Launceston: 26-28 Apr»
Dark MOFO, Hobart: 6-23 Jun »
Bay of Fires Arts Festival: 8-10 Jun »

Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin: Thursdays & Sundays »
Darwin Art Trail: 19 May »

The Food Show, Wellington: 24-26 May »
Bluff Oyster & Food Festival: 25 May »

Events and festivals on our calendar »
More on wine & food festivals and events »

or, reasons to visit...

Blue Mountains: deluxe glamping arrives with Turon Gates pitching six riverside glamping tents to bush retreat property »

Macedon, King Valley and Gippsland: wake up among the vines in a converted-to-luxury container as part of the brand new Wine Down Pop up vineyard escape »

Freycinet, Tas: when indulging at luxury resort Saffire, immerse yourself in the buzzing world of beekeeping »

Uluru: Voyages Ayers Rock has reopened the Tali Wiru (beautiful dune) dinners offering an exclusive desert dining experience »

McLaren Vale: The fires are being lit for long weekend and the Sea & Vines Festival »
Add some surrealist art to your SA visit with the Salvador Dali exhibition at d'Arenberg »

Mornington Peninsula: do 200 premium local wines under one roof sound like heaven? Best get to the Winter Wine Weekend on the June long weekend! »

Head off to wine & food country here »

Innocent Bystander is in the heart of Healesville in Victoria's Yarra Valley. It's a great central location offering as array of wines to taste, as Kerry discovered recently »

Their ethos is simple: seriously good wines to share. The range is wide, from King Valley Prosecco to iconic Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and all colours in between. Here are tastings notes for some of their 2017 wines »

and DISH
Ross Dobson and Rachel Tolosa Paz share recipes from Argentina's homes and families in Food of Argentina. Quinces are in season now so try this Quince Tart »

In Eat at the Bar, Matt McConnell and Jo Gamvros dish up tapas and mezethes recipes inspired from travels in Spain, Portugal and beyond. This one is for Rabbit Migas »

Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe teamed up again for Special Guest,  a gentle guide for to turning basic fare into something of a celebration and learning how to do one thing splendidly well. Start with this Prawn Saganaki »

More deliciousness here »

WIN TASSIE WINE and great wine, beer and food books 

We know you love Tasmanian wine and this month we have a very special drop just for you, our VisitVineyards subscribers! Plus, there's a how-to-brew book, a fun twin wine book pack and an easy peasy cookbook on the prize shelf!

Milford Pinot Noir 2018: at 1.2ha, it doesn't get much more boutique size than this Coal River Valley vineyard, one of the oldest in the region.  It's entirely dedicated to pinot noir and produces an elegant, medal-winning wine. It's also an amazingly smooth drop that can be enjoyed now or cellared.  We have two half cases of this luscious Tasmanian pinot noir to be won »

Twin wine book pack: this pack is full of fun and sparkle. Everything Happens for a Riesling stands out for its eye-catching graphics and smart wordplays. It's also a great, not-so-fancy wine guide.  PLUS you'll also win Prosecco Made Me Do It, full of cocktails (with a dash of history and background) to create a party in a glass! Enter now to win this twin pack »

Kitchen Brewing: start your own microbrewery at home! Using regular kitchen utensils and a basic homebrew kit, Jakob Neilsen and Mikael Zetterberg take you on a journey of basic ingredients to a place of magical beer flavour. Enter now to win this and the Craft Beer Guide to Queensland »

Pizzas and Flatbreads: with over 100 recipes for all sorts of bready delights, tastebuds of all sorts will be sated. Easy-to-follow recipes and all important inspiring photos of the finish dishes combine to help you impress everyone around the table (or pizza oven!). We have two copies on offer »

All the current competitions here »
Are you an Easter winner? Check now!

Did you know that you can get more from your wine travels with subscriber benefits and Auto Clubs' offers? Read this!

We know you love wine, food and wine travel, so when you're heading out into wine country (or even staying at home), all VisitVineyards subscribers (that's you) enjoy special offers on great books, accommodation, tastings and more. See your full list of subscriber savings and other benefits here »

And at cellar doors, Auto Club Members* can taste, enjoy benefits and save in these States:
*eg RACV, NRMA, RASA, RAWA, RACQ, RACT and international AAA Members. SYCAS is your Show Your Card and Save members' discount program, which Visit Vineyards has extended to wine country in the States where they allow it (and we're really sorry, they are not available in NSW, Qld, SA, NT or WA, although lots of you have asked – we've tried to talk them into it, but no luck sadly.)

When you're travelling and tasting in beautiful regions like those in North Eastern Victoria above – image is Dal Zotto Wine's platters and wine, or glamping in Mudgee NSW  (image is Turon Gates Bush Retreats) remember, stay safe, drive safely, and always have a designated driver.

Enjoy this beautiful autumn, and wishing you a safe and happy Easter and school holidays for those of you with children. Cheers again from Robyn, Kerry, Cameron and Laura.

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