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16/01/2009

New South Wales Wine Week, March 1-7 2009

For the second year running New South Wales Wine Week kicks off on Sunday March 1, 2009 with the Good Living Sydney Cellar Door in Hyde Park, the biggest outdoor wine event ever staged in Sydney, followed by a week-long celebration of New South Wales Wine in restaurants throughout the city and the state.

An expected 20,000 people will converge on Hyde Park on Sunday, March 1 for Good Living Sydney Cellar Door, which will see more than 100 wineries from all over NSW travel to the big smoke to create the biggest and best outdoor cellar door event the emerald city has ever seen. Food from regional producers and Sydney restaurateurs will complement the wine on offer and all-day entertainment will create a festival atmosphere.

New South Wales Wine Week (March 1–7) is being held by The Sydney Morning Herald in conjunction with the New South Wales Wine Industry Association, and will feature the greatest line-up of New South Wales Wines ever shown.

The New South Wales Wine Week program also involves restaurants throughout the state with featured NSW Wine matches and a series of degustation dinners in Sydney’s best restaurants. The program is:

• Good Living Sydney Cellar Door: Sunday March 1, 2009

See, taste and experience the 14 New South Wales Wine regions in an iconic Sydney location – Hyde Park South, from 11am – 6pm Sunday 1 March. Discover the breadth of New South Wales Wine with a $5 tasting glass and $4 tasting tickets.

• Dine With New South Wales Wine

Throughout NSW Wine Week, 38 restaurants featured in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide will offer a special meal for lunch and dinner matched with a glass of premium NSW wine for under $50. Specific details to be announced in January 2009.

• New South Wales Wine ~ Tour of the Regions Dinners

To celebrate NSW Wine Week, five of Sydney's leading hatted restaurants will host unique Tour of the Regions dinner experiences. For these dinners, the host chef will team with a top regional chef to craft a special 6 course degustation menu matched to 13 of NSW's best wines. On the night a high profile MC will talk with the chefs and winemakers. These dinners include wines and are not to be missed.

President of the New South Wales Wine Industry Association, David Lowe, says the aim of New South Wales Wine Week is to show the people of Sydney the diversity of NSW Wine and encourage consumers to support their state.

“The inaugural NSW Wine Week last year was a huge success and we intend to make 2009 even better. New South Wales is home to some of Australia’s icon wines, oldest family wineries and 14 diverse wine regions and NSW Wine Week creates an exciting and interactive platform to educate Sydneysiders about the diversity of NSW Wine available. This event allows Sydneysiders to taste for themselves just how exceptionally good NSW Wine is.”

Chair of the NSWWIA New South Wales Wine Strategy, Tiffany Nugan, says the program is designed to appeal to wine lovers at all levels:

“NSW Wine Week is about having fun and enjoying New South Wales Wine over a week long festival. It is an integral component of the New South Wales Wine Strategy. Through New South Wales Wine Week, we hope to kick-start resurgence in NSW Wine throughout the city and beyond.”

www.nswwineweek.com.au.

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