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Canberra District Celebrates One of the Great Wine Harvests

March 31, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

There is now no doubt that 2015 will be one of the great vintages of the Canberra District. 

Winemakers are reporting that fermentation tanks across wineries in Canberra are rapidly filling with some of the best fruit ever grown in the region.

‘The 2015 vintage has ticked all the boxes,’ says Ken Helm of Helm Wines, one of Canberra’s leading winemakers.473060_num1060515_600x600

‘It was the earliest ever in the more than 40 years of the Canberra District, beginning in mid-February, two weeks early than any other harvest.

‘However it has produced some of the best grapes seen in the District in terms of quality and quantity.’

The season started cool and dry, with good rains in December and then a cool wet January. It has finished with a dry warm February and March, ideal conditions for local vineyards.

‘Rieslings, like most wines from this vintage, are already showing outstanding quality and there are lots of them,’ Ken added. ‘Many wineries like Helm Wines have every tank and cask full with premium quality wines for the first time in years.”

The district is celebrating this great vintage with its annual Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival on 11 and 12 April. The Festival is growing year by year and is very popular with both locals and interstate visitors.

This year live music and local arts are real features, with many Canberra acts and artists appearing across the 20 wineries participating in the festival.

There’s plenty of other harvest related activities going on too – visitors can sample newly made wines and still fermenting wines, watch the harvest in action, taste newly released wines, play boules or learn about the winemaking process.  Then, if visitors really want to get their hands dirty with the vintage they can test grapes for ripeness, foot stomp some grapes, help plunge some new reds or even make some scarecrows.

A Wine Harvest Festival would not be complete without some accompanying, top notch food, so winery offerings range from simple platters to full on meals, including a delicious range of desserts.

For further details of activities and offerings at each winery, visitwww.canberrawines.com.au.

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