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Thank you! Celebrate with us, enjoy a winery getaway, Hunter and Granite Belt wine, news, events and free freight on wines. Plus some tips on social media marketing for winemakers

Celebrate with us at VisitVineyards – it's our 80th edition! Enjoy giveaways and free freight :)

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Yay, it's time to celebrate! Spring is here, the vine buds are bursting, and this is the 80th edition of our VV newsletter – thanks to you and our 48,000+ loyal subscribers! Wow, we can hardly believe it!

We'll certainly be popping a few corks tonight, and invite you to join the celebrations with us. Not having an 80-year-old wine on hand, we've dug a 1980 Yalumba Vintage Port (as then named) from Charlie's cellar for one fortunate subscriber to enjoy. If this was your birth year, you have a relative turning 80  – or if you'd like something unusual for Christmas – tell us what you most enjoy about our newsletter and it could be yours! »

We're also celebrating another milestone – exceeding a million visitors a year to our website! It's no surprise that lots of people love to visit vineyards and wine regions, they are beautiful and fun places! We love sharing them with you, and once again, thanks for your support. 

So scroll down to see what other treats spring brings you, plus news, reviews, events and some digital and social media marketing tips for the wine and food producers in our midst.

Head to our home page for the latest »
Visit our online store and enjoy free freight on us for September »
 

WIN a winery GETAWAY, WINE, more WINE, SPA packs and BOOKS!

Winter's over, it's time to come out of hibernation and head to a beautiful place with your someone special. Balgownie Estate in the picturesque Yarra Valley has a Privilege Spa Suite and dinner for two, just waiting for one lucky VV subscriber to join them. Read more and enter to win this fabulous two night getaway »

Drayton's are pioneering winemakers who helped make the Hunter Valley the premier wine region it is today. Their wines symbolise the best of Hunter wine and people and to prove it to you we have six mixed cases of Drayton's Family Wines to be won. Plus four tickets to the Luxury Fortified Masterclass as well! »

Spring is the ideal time for birds but we think any season is just right for a Granite Belt Strangebird! This Wine Trail has a great array of alternative wine styles. You could be sipping on one or more very soon if you win this mixed case »

Like some pure luxury from a place where the gentle scent of lavender wafts through the clean air in summer? From Tasmania's world-famous Bridestowe Lavender Estate come indulgent new spa products and we have two lovely gift packs to be won »

Are you an experienced cook? A foodie wanting to discover low temperature cooking? At Home With Sous Vide by Dale Prentice demystifies sous vide cooking. With recipes from some of the world's top chefs, the secrets of professional sous vide could be yours. Three copies to be won »

Jonette George and Daniele Wilton have showcased wonderful food and wine from the heart of Melbourne to the far regions of Victoria through their series of Produce to Platter books and Flavours of Melbourne. We have five different books on offer – which book/region would you like to win? »

More prize details and entry »
Winners are definitely grinners –
are you smiling? »

NEWS and REVIEWS

News:
Australia's first Dornfelder (German red wine variety) from White Rock in Tasmania has won an international trophy »

Rob Geddes MW put in some hard work tasting 8,000 wines for the 32nd edition of Australian Wine Vintages »

The inaugural Tasmanian Wine List Awards have been presented with Stillwater and Mures Upper Deck the winners »

Woolworths has signed a Code for Fairness and Transparency with The Winemakers Federation »

Love your craft beer? Then show the world! Create a short film with beer as the focus for Hop Flicks, part of Sip & Savour »

Plus keep an eye out for winners at the Inaugural Australian Craft Beer Awards in October »

A VisitVineyards favourite has won the only trophy and gold medal at the Royal Adelaide Awards. Congratulations Flying Brick Cider! »

Following harvest in McLaren Vale, feedback has suggested there might be some exciting surprises in store after this growing season »

REVIEWS:
You might have noticed a bit of La Dolce Vita around VisitVineyards in recent months. We blame it entirely on Primo Estate with their wine, olive oil and aged vinegar. It emanates from Joe Grilli and is explained in depth in his book, Primo Style, that covers their history, philosophy and as you'd expect, includes some delicious Italian recipes »

For culinary thrill-seekers and nose-to-tail advocates, Chef Stéphane Reynaud has prepared an adventurous collection of recipes combining responsible meat eating with delicious cuisine. It really is approachable offal in Book of Tripe »

More wine please »
Food, glorious food »

Yarra Valley ShedFest

EVENTS and FESTIVALS

SA
2014 McLaren Vale Wine Show Silver Bullet Dinners:
Elbow Room – 20 Oct » 
Star of Greece – 21 Oct » 
Salopian Inn – 22 Oct » 
Fino – 23 Oct » 
Artisans of the Barossa Cellar Door Day – 18 Oct »

TAS
White Wine Weekend, Hobart – 18-19 Oct »
Table Cape Tulip Farm Open Days
Wynyard – 27 Sep-17 Oct »

NSW
Pinot Palooza, Sydney – 6 Oct »
Jazz in the Vines – 25 Oct »

WA
Angove Street Festival, Perth – 26 Oct »
Geographe Crush – 7-9 Nov »

QLD
Brisbane Festival – 6-27 Sep »
Opera in Swigmore Hall, Granite Belt – 28 Sep »
Pinot Palooza, Brisbane – 12 Oct »

Vic
Pinot Palooza, Melbourne – 4 Oct »
Glenrowan Winemakers Weekend – 4-5 Oct »
Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – 10-11 Oct »
Yarra Valley Shedfest – 11-12 Oct »


NT
Oktoberfest, Darwin – 9-12 Oct »
Darwin Fridge Festival – 12-28 Oct »

NZ
 Hawkes Bay Summer Food and Wine Classic
31 Oct - 7 Nov »


PLAN AHEAD
King Valley, Vic:La Dolce Vita – 15-16 Nov »
Margaret River, WA: Gourmet Escape – 21-23 Nov »
Tas: Bicheno Wine & Food Festival– 21-23 Nov »
 

Find 100s of events and festivals on our calendar »
More info on wine & food festivals and events »

You can also find short-notice events and more wine and food news on our Facebook page »

WINE and FOOD TRAVEL
Plan travel around festivals to sample a whole region!

Just 3½ hours drive from Sydney lies the cool climate wine region of Orange. With a growing reputation for quality wine and food to match plus a very active community keen to showcase their wares, Orange should be high on a wine traveler's destination list. 

Pick late October/early November and you'll have a veritable smorgasbord laid out with a wonderfully diverse and large program for the Orange Wine Festival planned » 

Tasmania does Festivals well, from the Taste on Hobart's waterfront over the New Year to Festivale in Launceston. But if you'd prefer some long white beaches and sparkling blue waters as you sip and savour, then the East Coast's Bicheno Wine & Food Festival in November might be more your style.There's plenty of wineries (and a brewery) along the way too! »

Head off to wine & food country right here »

TASTING NOTES and RECIPES
This month we're loving the Hunter Valley and in particular, pioneer winemakers Drayton's Family Wines. For over 150 years and six generations, this family-owned wine company has shown skill and resilience by the wine barrel load.

From their Hunter Valley range, developed to drink now or save for a few years, here's tasting notes for six Drayton's wines »


Right now, Tasmanian scallops are absolutely sensational and to let the flavour and texture shine we like this recipe from Tasmanian Menu for Seared Scallops on baby spinach salad »


And still on a fishy theme but completely on the healthy level, from Purely Golden Door  is this delicious recipe for Thai Fish Pie »
 

More on wine and tasting notes »
More deliciousness here »

Subscribers, Members and Auto Clubs' SYCAS* offers

All VisitVineyards subscribers (that's you) enjoy special offers on great books, accommodation and more. See your full list of subscriber savings and other offers here »

Do you carry our VisitVineyards.com Membership card? Here's your list of lovely Members' offers »

Attention Auto Club Members* You don't miss out either! Sip, savour and save in 3 States:
*eg RACV, NRMA, RASA, RAWA, RACT and international AAA Members. SYCAS is your Show Your Card and Save members' discount program, which we at Visit Vineyards have extended to wine country in the States where they allow it (unfortunately, not in NSW, SA, NT or WA.)

Remember, drive safely and always have a designated driver when wine tasting. We want you back again!

Best from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew, Charlie and Laura and the VV team, and 'see you' again soon.


PS We have a new store design and a great new range of wines – selected by one of Australia's leading sommeliers – coming soon! Meanwhile, enjoy free freight on us for the lovely wines we have in stock.
 

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