12 March 2014
The festival coincides with the beginning of the 2014 harvest season and celebrates the high-quality wine produced in the region.
Immerse yourself in the festival by joining one of the daily cellar door tours. Visit award-winning wineries, sample the best of their ranges and choose a few bottles to take home with you on the Four Cellar Door Tour, Wine & Trike Tour or Sunset Tour. The benefit of these professionally guided visits and tastings is the opportunity to gain inside knowledge on the winemaking process and to ask questions directly to the winemakers.
Eling Forest Winery has created an extensive wine and beer tasting program with weekly events held at their winery, cellar door and café. Sample a selection of local white wines on Tipple Tuesdays; join their winemaking team for a day of harvest on Winemakers Wednesday; taste local red wines on Thirsty Thursday; or enjoy a drop of local beer and ciders on Frothy Fridays. For a wine festival experience with a difference, join their Grape Stomp on the two last Sundays of March, for the chance to stomp on some grapes pigeage French style.
Alongside the festival’s host of wine events are workshops, tours and dinners showcasing the region’s excellent food and produce. FoodPath Culinary Tours offer authentic local food experiences in their jam making classes, bread making workshops and mushroom tunnel tours. To enjoy great food coupled with great wine, then sit for a degustation meal in one of the Southern Highlands’ many superb restaurants. A six course degustation meal paired with local wines is on offer at Eschalot’s Wine Matching Dinner and Katers Restaurant’s Sustainable Local Produce Supper on Friday, 14 March. The following week, Biota’s Dinner with the Winemaker gives you a chance to chat with a local winemaker over a five course degustation menu with matching wines on Friday, 21 March.
To sample best the Southern Highlands has to offer in food and wine, book your Southern Highlands accommodation, catch this month’s Wine Time Festival and unwind among the gentle green hills of the region.