Every Queen's Birthday long weekend (this year 9-11th June), the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region hosts the Winter Wine Festival
This year it will be the ninth.
There will be wine and cheese tastings, winery tours, winemakers’ dinners, market stalls, live entertainment, and it is usually a fun couple of days for the whole family.
Participants purchase a festival glass at the first winery they visit and then enjoy wine tastings at 13 wineries from Kiama to Durras and west to Kangaroo Valley.
At our end of the region, the three local wineries will be participating.
On the Saturday, Bawley Vale Estate will have live music in the vines followed by a Degustation Wine Festival Dinner at one of our local restaurants.
On Sunday they will be hosting a jazz band.
Home cooked soups and cheese plates are available both days.
Our friends at Fern Gully Winery will be presenting live music both days and be offering the usual yummy food.
The gourmet pies are my favourite. Either Atlantic salmon and prawns in creamy Chardonnay sauce or slow braised beef with bacon in Port sauce or roast mushroom in Shiraz sauce. Then there is G's homemade sweet potato, carrot and pumpkin soup with damper (camp oven bread).
At Cupitt’s Winery it will be a game of Petanque on the lawn, live music, winery tours and barrel tastings with the winemaker and local produce and homemade preserves on sale.There will also be a Cellar Door Art Exhibition.
Saturday dinner will feature a “Toast to Winter” wine pairing menu with their newly released wines.
On Sunday there is the famous convivial Long Table Lunch ‘Per Molto Tempo’ with live music and wine and cheese trivia with prizes.
It can be a pretty busy weekend for wine lovers.