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Yay it's winter! Whether you love rugging up for the cold and the warmth of a hot log fire on your back, or your mojo has vanished and you're heading for Noosa, Cairns or further north, there's always something to enjoy. Lots of red wine, for starters – check out our giveaways below!  Or you can embrace winter in Tassie and help a bushfire region get back on its feet – head to the Mid Winter Festival in the Huon Valley and support a region in recovery. They'll welcome you with warm hearts and lovely wine, beers, food, music and fun. (Scroll down for lots more events near you.)

Speaking of bushfires, many of the casualties in Tasmania's devastating January fires – especially in Tasmania's Central Highlands where 55,000 ha of habitat was wiped out – were our beloved wildlife. It was learnt after the Dunalley fires in 2013 that most of the wildlife that perished died afterwards of starvation, especially wombats that hid underground then emerged to... no food. Imagine being told your supermarket or grocer was empty until November?! That's what these animals now face. So to avoid this again, Visit Vineyards is getting behind a group of 40+ volunteers on the ground feeding wildlife through the tough Tasmanian winter, like this little bare-nosed wombat below, searching for food. You can help them, AND go in the draw to win some gorgeous Tasmanian pinot noir. Feel good, enjoy great wine AND help the environment and these animals recover at the same time! »

Scroll down for more wine and food news, reviews including the latest cookbooks for winter inspiration, and reasons to travel the wine and food regions of Victoria (like Apollo Bay above), Tassie, or – for a change! – the Northern Territory, the hottest destination this winter!

Cheers all and good winter health from Robyn, Kerry, Cameron and Laura at Visit Vineyards :)
 

NEWS and REVIEWS

in the NEWS
Kellermeister's Wild Witch Shiraz wins Wine of the Year in London Wine Competition »

From 162 entries and 57 exhibitors, winners of the 2019 Tasting Australia Spirits Awards are...»

Australia's up and coming talent lauded in the 2019 Young Gun of Wine Awards »

Vintage reports are still coming in:

Hurrah! The amazing Salvador Dali exhibition d'Arenberg has been extended to May 2020 »

Four Pillars releases its cult favourite, the Bloody Shiraz Gin, for 2019 »

The popular French artisan festival Bonjour Barossa is back at Seppeltsfield in July»

Pietro Gallo Estate wins two major awards for its Australian grappa at the World Drinks Awards »

Classic garden cookbook Tomato wins gold at the Independent Publisher Awards in New York »


under REVIEW
For budding chefs or those starting to cook, Laura highly recommends Stephanie Alexander's latest cookbook. Techniques, ingredients, the basics plus 300+ achievable recipes feature in the magnificent tome, The Cook's Apprentice »


NEW books
Eleanor Ford presents new recipes from Indonesia in Fire Islands »

And Alana Kysar brings her recipes from another island in Aloha Kitchen, Recipes from Hawai'i »
 

More wine & drinks please »
Food, glorious food »

EVENTS and FESTIVALS

Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow
Melbourne:14 Aug
»  |   Sydney: 16 Aug »
Brisbane: 18 Aug »     |   Adelaide: 23 Aug »
Perth: 25 Aug »

NSW
Barossa. Be Consumed, Sydney 13 Jul »
Campbells Wine Dinner, Albury: 26 Jul »
Snow Time Hunter Valley Gardens:29 Jun-21 Jul »

ACT
Truffle Winter Weekends, Pialligo: to 24 Sep »
Dinner with the Winemaker, Canberra: 25 Jul »

QLD
Regional Flavours, Brisbane: 20-21 Jul »
Childers Festival: 27-28 Jul »
Eat Local Week, Scenic Rim: 29 Jun-7 Jul »

Vic
Darker Days Mid Winter Fest, Bright: 29 Jun »
Pfeiffer Photographic Exhibition, Rutherglen: 1-31 Jul »
Winter Shiraz Weekend, Geelong: 6-7 Jul »
Barossa. Be Consumed, Melb: 20 Jul »

SA
Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers: 1-31 Jul »
Bonjour Barossa, Seppeltsfield: 7 Jul »
Winter Reds Festival, Adelaide Hills: 26-28 Jul »

WA
Sittella's Loong Lunch, Swan Valley: 13 Jul »
Pinot Palooza, Perth: 3 Aug »
Gascoyne Food Festival: 4 Aug-7 Sep »

TAS
Devonport Jazz Festival: 25-29 Jul »
Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe:11 Aug »
Tas Whisky Week, Hobart: 12-18 Aug »

NT
Beanie Festival, Alice Springs: 28 Jun-1 Jul »
A Taste of Broome: 1 Aug »

NZ
Beervana Craft Beer Fest, Wellington: 9-10 Aug »
Pinot Palooza, Auckland: 7 Sep »

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

WINE and FOOD reasons to visit...

Victoria: an early autumn road trip took Kerry from the city to the sea to the mountains to the river and included the Best wine experience and craft beers to suit the occasion and company »

The Ghan: celebrate this iconic train journey's 90th  birthday will appropriate headwear from Akubra and some Champers darling! »

Northern Territory: there may not be any local vineyards but there are plenty of native Australian foods and the biggest, and oldest, Art Gallery »

Huon Valley, Tasmania: read the book then book your ticket south. You'll not only meet the people, savour the produce and immerse yourself in the amazing landscape, you'll also be helping those affected by bushfires. A Table in the Valley »

Head off to wine & food country here »

SIP and DISH
In the glass:
Trentham Estate sits atop the riverbank near Mildura, with a stunning and relaxing view overlooking the mighty Murray. (It also thoughtfully has a jetty so houseboats can pull up, taste and re-stock!). Kerry visited for a tasting and picked up some lovely wines. Here are tasting notes for two of the ranges on offer:

On the plate:
Perfect for warming up a winter's night from Basket by  the Door is Slow Cooked Spiced Lamb Shanks »

And for those late afternoon gatherings around a firepit, from Dining at Dusk comes Chinese Spring Onion Pancakes »


WIN fine RED WINE and new release books, and help starving wombats

From more superb Tasmanian pinot noir to fine red wine from Huntington Estate, one of the oldest vineyards in Mudgee, we really enjoy sharing some of the best wines in the country with you. Plus these great new release books, all very different themes, could be yours.

Huntington Estate wine: it's winter and somehow luscious red wine is a perfect fit for relaxing fireside or toasting the feast on a cold night. This winemaker lets his wines spend time evolving into elegant and complex creatures and we're delighted to have four half cases of Huntington's Bin 25 Cabernet Sauvignon and Bin 18 Shiraz, just for you »

Warndu Mai: Good Food: ignite your tastebuds and discover the ingredients that have called this country home for thousands of years. This book makes native Australian ingredients more accessible and understood. Two copies to be won »

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig called Helga: there are tales of tree changes and then there's Todd Alexander's book on a vine change to the Hunter Valley...  an honest, easy read tale that had Maggie Beer laugh out loud! Enter for your chance to win one of two copies »

Dining at Dusk: theme your late afternoon gatherings with this collection of food, drinks and tunes from around the globe. Easy to prepare recipes matched with drinks and music, perfect for the watching the sun go down. Another two copies on offer here »

DONATE TO WIN: The Milford Pinot Noir 2018 was so popular that we're offering you another chance to try this fabulous Tasmanian wine, AND to help starving wildlife survivors of the bushfires in Tasmania's Central Highlands that burnt out 55,000 ha of their habitat last January. Find out how to help and enjoy pinot noir here »

One of 6 twin packs could be yours by supporting the team of 40 volunteers who are feeding surviving wombats, wallabies and other animals including orphans right through winter. All funds go to the Central Highlands Tasmania Wildlife Group (you can also check them out on Facebook, please like their page!) and will be used to buy feed for the hungry animals. Everyone who donates (online or at a branch of the Bendigo Bank) will go in the draw, so please help our wildlife now »
 

All the current competitions here »
WINE WINNERS sadly missing in action – can you help?
»

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 – but good news! SA and NSW may be coming round soon!!)

When you're travelling and tasting in beautiful regions like those around Victoria (image above is commemorative wine art at Best's Wine in Western Victoria), or on the mighty Murray River at Mildura below remember, stay safe, drive safely, and always have a designated driver.

Enjoy the winter solstice and beyond – and still thinking of those who were affected by fire, drought or floods – and hope things are improving now. Cheers from Robyn, Kerry, Cameron and Laura.
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