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The annual Great Eastern Wine Weekend returns for its third year from 8-10 September 2017, showcasing the best food and wines of Tasmania’s East Coast.

The event offers an opportunity to explore Tasmania’s East Coast wine region through a variety of special events, with vineyards, cellar doors and tourism operators opening their doors across the weekend.

Rick Burge, of Burge Family Wines, will be a special guest for the weekend. The organic grower and winemaker from the Barossa Valley in South Australia exports his artisan wines around the globe. A wine judge and regular visitor to Tasmania, Rick loves nothing better than finding unique Tasmanian food combinations to match top-level cool climate Chardonnay, Riesling and pinot noir.

Meet the Maker | Freycinet Lodge | Friday 8 September 

A range of winemakers from the East Coast region will be providing free wine tastings, product sales, information and good conversation on the deck of Freycinet Lodge. Delicious gourmet BBQ items will be available and Melshell Oysters will be shucking oysters for tasting.

The Great Eastern Wine and Dine Dinner | Freycinet Lodge | Saturday 9 September 

The centrepiece of the weekend, a relaxed sunset feast at Freycinet Lodge overlooking Great Oyster Bay with canapés and pre-dinner drinks, followed by a four-course dinner featuring gourmet shared platters piled high with local Tasmanian produce matched to a selection of East Coast wines.

Each wine will be presented by its respective wine maker. Wine guru Tim Goddard and Freycinet Vineyard winemaker Claude Radenti return to host the evening. The event has been extended this year to include dancing to live entertainment provided by Clinton Hutton.

Lunch in the winery | Craigie Knowe Vineyard | Saturday 9 September 12.30pm-3pm

Rustic farm lunch in the winery at Craigie Knowe launching the latest wines in the Craigie family, 2017 Rose and 2017 Pinot Gris.  A three course wine matched lunch of local produce including seafood and roast lamb and pig on the spit from Long Name Farm, homemade dessert and platters of cheese to finish.  Great casual lunch to share amongst friends in the beautiful surrounds of Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

Wine in Wineglass Bay Cruise | Wineglass Bay Cruises | Saturday 9 September

Experience the spectacular Wineglass Bay Cruise in the Sky Lounge with host Tim Goddard. Enjoy local wine tastings and a lunch of local produce while watching for migrating whales.

Bubbles, Bivalves and Smooth Tunes at Devils Corner | Devils Corner and The Fishers | Sunday 10 September 

Order your fresh oysters and a glass of devilish bubbles for the Great Eastern Wine Weekend special, find a spot on the grass and settle in to the finish the weekend with a relaxing afternoon of music, a combined event with Devils Corner and Freycinet Marine Farm.

Accommodation packages at Freycinet Lodge are available, with discounts for auto club members.

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