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Yay! Sparkling spring is (nearly) here!! Lot of wine, food and travel news to enjoy, plus more great giveaways


Spring is in the air! Budburst has started in Australia's northern wine regions, although vineyards down south are still grey and dormant. You can bet vignerons in France are wishing for cooler weather though, especially in Burgundy and Champagne! Any day over 26C is a 'bad hair day' for their signature grape pinot noir, so what's going to happen to their wines with temperatures topping 40C?! Hot summers in Europe seem to be the 'new normal' now, so where that leaves these traditional wine regions is anyone's guess. Migrate to higher elevations in Switzerland? Replant further north into Scandinavia? Who knows what will happen next!?

Here in Australia many vignerons with an eye on the future are looking to Tasmania, with plantings increasing significantly in the past few years, for both sparkling and still table wines. Doubtless NZ is experiencing the same. What once was considered too cold is now perfect for long, slow ripening and flavour development in the grapes that most 'mainlanders' can only dream about (and check out the Tasmanian wine we have to give away, below). But right now most are looking pretty, like the lovely Bird in Hand in the Adelaide Hills above, which is planning a fabulous new expansion »

Cooks everywhere are saying goodbye to Margaret Fulton, "the woman who taught Australia how to cook". We celebrate her life and cuisine through her grand-daughter Kate Gibb's eyes in a review Margaret and Me: recipes for life from my grandmother's kitchen »

Cheers to Margaret, and to you all, our loyal subscribers. Time to relax and enjoy our August newsletter. 

in the NEWS

Bird in Hand plans a stunning $30m development in the Adelaide Hills »

Rutherglen in the City expands from Melbourne to also include Canberra and Albury »

The amazing Rain Room to open at the Jackalope Pavilion in St Kilda »

Archibald Portrait Prize on show at the TarraWarra Museum of Art as the exclusive Victorian tour venue »

The Orange Wine Show celebrates Bud Burst »

Peninsula Hot Springs named World's Best Mineral Spring Spa »

Australia's 2019 wine crush above predictions »
whilst the 2019 vintage produces another exceptional result in the island state »

The national vineyard scan is complete »

And winners in the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards are...»

under REVIEW
Save on carbon emissions and travel the planet from your kitchen. Robyn found plenty to take you Around the World in 80 Food Trucks »

On Paula's global journey in Dining at Dusk, she followed the setting sun to discover new food, drink and music mixes for a magical time of day »

NEW books
An intensely thought-provoking book from the Gourmet Farmer, On Eating Meat »

Sweet treats, cakes, tart, desserts and more
– all Gloriously Gluten Free »

Add depth of flavour to your dishes and clear your drinks cabinet with Cork and Knife »

More wine & drinks please »
Food, glorious food »

around Australia and NZ

Newcastle Whisky & Craft Spirit Fest: 24 Aug »
Nosh Narribri: 31 Aug-1 Sep »
Mudgee Wine and Food Festival: 7-29 Sept »
Orange 360 Pyrmont Festival: 28-29 Sept »

 Canberra Writers' Festival: 21-25 Aug »
Floriade, Canberra: 14 Sep-13 Oct »

Coonwarra Wine Tasting Roadshow, Brisbane: 18 Aug »
Pyramid Roads Wine Options, Wyberba: 7 Sep »
Capricorn Food & Wine Fest: 28-29 Sep »

VIN Diemen, Melbourne: 11 Aug »
Bendigo on the Hop: 31 Aug »
Milawa Cheese Ball: 31 Aug »

Pinot Palooza, Adelaide: 10 Aug »
Cellar Treasures Weekend, Langhorne Creek: 10-11 Aug »
Barossa Gourmet Weekend: 6-8Sep »

Gascoyne Food festival: 4 Aug-7 Sep »
Gin Pig in the Vines, Margaret River: 11 Aug »
Cinefest, Margaret River: 28 Aug-1 Sep»

Junction Arts Festival, Launceston: 4-8 Sep »
Great Eastern Wine Weekend: 6-9 Sept »
Tasmanian Wine Fair, 7 Sep »

Darwin Festival: 8-25 Aug »
Desert Song Festival: 6-15 Sep»
Shinju Matsuri, Broome: 7-15 Sep »

Wellington on a Plate: 1-31 Aug »
Organic Wine Week: 17-23 Sep »

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

WINE and FOOD reasons to visit...

South Australia: if you're heading to savour SA's food and wine, The Crow Eaters is a must-read first! »

Margaret River – not 1 but 3 reasons!
1. Mingle your wine tastings with a refreshing brew with this new craft beer trail »
2. Check out the Gourmet Escape lineup »
3. Lonely Planet named Margs their No.1 destination in Asia Pacific! »

Rutherglen: interested in whisky and gin? Discover the distinctive taste of this region's fortifieds by tasting at the cellar doors. Did you know that muscats, topaques and tokays can be enjoyed throughout a meal and not just for dessert? Discover how here »

Hunter Valley: Brokenwood is offering two immersive Ultimate Winery Experiences in its spectacular new cellar door »

Italy, Corsica or Sardinia: Hedonistic Hiking has just announced three new tours for 2020 »

Head off to wine & food country here »


McLaren Vale winery Oliver's Taranga began in 1841, and one of its traditions is naming wines after family members. The latest is Brioni's Blend, made from super juicy touriga, structured mataro and generous shiraz.

Brioni is the winery's No.1 one forklift driver, a skill which provided amusement for the team – read why and check out the tasting notes »

Warm up your winter – get hold of the glorious Fire Islands and try Fiery Sulawesi Pork Ribs »

Introduce your sweet tooth to native food with Warndu Mai's recipe for Tarmarind & Thyme Crème Brûlée »

Add an intrinsic level of 'Australian' to this food icon, try making Sea Rosemary, Lime and Murray River Salt ANZAC biscuits. They also make great alternatives to crackers.

WIN FINE RED WINE and new release books to make you   

Huntington Estate: fine red wine was on Bob Roberts' mind 50 years ago when he chose Mudgee for its climatic similarity to Bordeaux and the Rhone. It was the right choice that combined perfectly with his ethos of giving wine time to develop. Taste the terroir and the magic of time in the 2015 'Bin 25' Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2015 'Bin 18' Shiraz in one of the four mixed half cases to be won! »

Milford Pinot Noir from Tasmania:  win this medal-winning Tassie wine by helping wildlife struggling to survive winter after January bushfires devastated their Central Highlands home. It's bleak, barren and now flooded up there but brave souls are hand-feeding native animals, to keep them going until spring. Please donate to the cause and you'll go in the draw to win one of six twin packs of Tassie pinot noir »

Cork and Knife: mix your drinks with your cooking with flair! This is a great book for two reasons: 1 easy recipes that add depth of flavour. and 2, a way to spring clean your drinks cabinet without wasting a drop! Emily and Matt Clifton add alcohol to food, from sake to riesling, whisky to sherry and all sorts in between. Enter now and prepare for a delicious spring clean! »

The Crow Eaters: fascinating insights into South Australia from Ben Stubbs. Enrich your wine and food travels with this highly engaging read about the people, the places and the myths (or not) of SA. Three copies of this new release book on offer »

On Eating Meat: an important read from the Gourmet Farmer. Matthew Evans pulls no punches in this important food book. It presents the reality for vegans, meat-eaters and farmers in a necessarily confronting way, but written in Evans' easy-reading style, to challenge us all. Two copies on offer »

Gloriously Gluten Free by Frédérique Jules. When a chef discovers he's gluten intolerant and refuses the thought of sacrificing his sweet tooth, this book is the result and a joy to many no doubt!. You can still enjoy sweet treats, cakes, tarts and desserts. Enter now to find out how »

All the current competitions here »
Prizes pining for their new owners – can you help?  Check now!

Did you know that you can get more from your wine travels with subscriber benefits and Auto Clubs' offers? No? Then 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 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 the Hunter Valley above (delicious food at Wood Restaurant, Brokenwood Estate) or FNQ below (image is in the shed at the Cairns Craft Beer Festival) remember, stay safe, drive safely, and always have a designated driver.

Enjoy the last of winter, and hoping for some spring rains soon,  especially those in NSW and southern Queensland. May all our farmers and grape growers be happy. Cheers once again from Robyn, Kerry, Cameron and Laura.

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