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Southern Tasmanian Vineyards White Wine Weekend

More than 50 white wines from 19 southern Tasmanian vineyards will be the feature of the inaugural Southern Vineyards White Wine Weekend in Hobart on 22–23 September, 2007.

This unique event will take place in the beautiful IXL Atrium in Hunter Street over two days. It is the brainchild of WineSouth Tasmania, the association of southern Tasmanian wine regions.

Unlike other public wine tasting events, this event will focus on grape varietals, rather than individual producers. There will be five white wine stands: one each for Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio, and a miscellaneous one for Sparkling and less prolific varieties such a Gewurztraminer, Muller Thurgau and Schoenburger.

The format enables tasters to sample the wines in varietal brackets so they can compare and contrast all the different styles within each single wine variety, before moving on to the next. It is a user-friendly tasting format, as the taster avoids confusing their taste buds – a common casualty of swapping constantly between different varieties!

This wine tasting event has been designed for broad appeal, and there is something for everyone, from wine enthusiasts to first-time tasters. Comprehensive tasting notes on each wine will be available. There will also be the opportunity to chat to the winemakers, vineyard owners and wine industry personalities of southern Tasmania.

Participating vineyards span the Coal River Valley, East Coast, Huon Trail, Tasman Peninsula and Derwent Valley. There will be wines from well-known producers as well as some smaller producers, such as Kilbowie, Darlington and Nandroya. Meadowbank Wines, Frogmore Creek, Moorilla Estate and Stefano Lubiana Wines, among others, will be launching some brand new releases.

The public tasting sessions will run from 12 noon to 6pm both days with an entry fee of $10. The entry fee covers tastings of over 50 wines, a take home glass and the tasting notes. Bottle sales and order forms will be available and visitors can also go into the draw to win the lucky door prize of a night for two at the Henry Jones Art Hotel.

The event would not be possible without the support of its sponsors Southern Cross Television, SeaFM, The IXL Atrium and the Henry Jones Art Hotel.

For more information, contact Natalie Hayes at Meadowbank Wines on ">n or (03) 62 484 484.

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