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Wine festival to celebrate Margaret River harvest

The Margaret River Wine Region Festival will be held to mark the end of the 2008 vintage.

Moving the festival from November to the end of vintage (late April to early May) will allow visitors to the region to join the Margaret River wineries and grape growers in celebrating the most important time for the wine industry year.

Vintage is the time when grapes are harvested and the winemaking process begins.

“Around the world, particularly in Europe, most wine regions hold their annual celebrations after vintage because the harvest is the culmination of a year’s hard work in the vineyard,” Association president Ron Fraser said.

“Each year the wine industry celebrates so we are inviting visitors to join us at this time.”

“Autumn is a stunning time of year in Margaret River and the perfect time to showcase the beautiful environment, our food and arts while marking another valuable vintage.”

Preliminary feedback from previous festival sponsors and regional wineries has shown strong support for the end of vintage time.

The Margaret River Wine Industry Association has appointed a short term Steering Group to establish a Sub-Committee of regional stakeholders and winery representatives to ensure the new-look festival represents all aspects of the Margaret River wine region.

For further information contact Ron Fraser, President or Nick Power, CEO of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association on (08) 9757 9330.



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