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3 - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Celebrate the capital's own fine wines
Mount Majura Vineyard winemaker Frank van de Loo with viticulturalist Leo Quirk harvest grapes at
the winery, ahead of the Wine Harvest Festival at the weekend.
Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Mount Majura Vineyard is one of
20 Canberra district wineries set to
take part in the Wine Harvest
Festival this weekend.
The festival, organised by the
Canberra District Wine Industry
Association, is a celebration of the
fine wine produced by vineyards in
Wineries, including Shaw
Vineyard of Murrumbateman,
Capital Wines at Gundaroo and
Wallaroo s Little Bridge Wines,
will all be taking part in the event.
Combining Canberrans love of
food and wine, plenty of tastings of
both will be on offer across the
weekend at a variety of locations.
Located just 15 minutes from
Canberra, Mount Majura Vineyard
will be serving up live music from
12.30pm to 3.30pm each day, as
well as platters of regional produce
available for purchase to enjoy with
a glass of wine crafted on
Mount Majura sales and
marketing manager Fergus McGhie
said this year s food plates would
be served as takeaway, meaning
visitors could picnic on the grass on
what he hoped would be a splendid
Mr McGhie said there would be
casual bar tastings and chairs and
tables available under the covered
"It s a lovely time of year, it
should still be pretty warm,"
"It s a busy time of year for us,
but we still hold the festival so
people can come and see work
It s a really nice moment in
time. . .togotoawineryatanother
time of year would be pretty
unexciting because the wine is just
sitting in barrels or bottles.
This time of year there are
Mr McGhie said the winery
would also be hosting back-of-
house tours combined with basic
lessons in winemaking.
He said while some vineyards
would be picking fruit, Mount
Majura workers would be pressing
grapes for red or white wine.
Mr McGhie said as 11 wineries
in the region had been awarded five
stars from Australian wine critic
James Halliday, visitors to the
festival were sure to taste some
"We will be serving wine from
2013 and 2014 which were both
very good years, he said.
The 2013 red is some of the
best we ve made in the
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Floriade may spread to other Canberra parks next year
Floriade s exclusive tenure at
Commonwealth Park looks to be at
an end after this year s flower
festival as the ACT government
considers splitting the event over
various city sites.
The government s five-year
contract with the National Capital
Authority ends this year, and the
authority is keen to reclaim at least
some of the park for year-round
At present, Floriade takes over a
large area for eight months. Beds
are being planted already for the
month-long spring festival, after
which the park is restored to grass.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said
on Wednesday the authority had
"indicated that the current footprint
won t be available to us in the
As a result, the government was
looking to run the event across
different areas, such as West Basin
(the lakefront between the city and
the museum), Glebe Park, which
could host NightFest, and the city.
The festival would continue to have
a presence in Commonwealth Park.
National Capital Estate executive
director Helen Badger said no
decisions had been made but the
National Capital Authority was
working with the ACT to refresh
and revitalise the festival.
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