The Barrel Tasting Weekend allowed attendees to taste wines straight from the barrel, providing a sneak peek into the enchanting world of winemaking. The variation in taste and character between wines at different stages of maturation was a true testament to the skill and expertise of Bendigo's winemakers. From wines aging in barrels and vats to the final bottled product, each sip was a journey of discovery and appreciation.
Participants had the option to book one tour or create their own itinerary, exploring as many wineries as possible throughout the weekend. The tours, lasting approximately 45 to 60 minutes, were personally hosted by each winemaker, adding a special touch to the experience. Attendees had the opportunity to taste different vintages, learn about the winemaking process, and witness the magic that happens within the barrel halls.
Several wineries offered platters, allowing visitors to indulge in delicious food alongside their wine tastings. It was a true delight for the senses, as the aromas, flavors, and picturesque vineyard settings created an unforgettable atmosphere.
We extend our gratitude to all the participating wineries, including Balgownie Bendigo Estate, Lome Winery (hosted by Balgownie), Blackjack Wines, Grangehill Vineyard, Killiecrankie Wines, Mandurang Valley Wines, Sandhurst Ridge Winery, Sutton Grange Winery, and Turners Crossing (at Valentine's Antiques Laneway). Each winery showcased its unique character and contributed to the overall magic of the event.
The 2023 Barrel Tasting Weekend was a true celebration of Bendigo's winemaking heritage and the passion of its talented winemakers. We thank all the attendees for their enthusiasm and support in making this event a resounding success.
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Cheers to another successful Barrel Tasting Weekend, and we look forward to raising a glass with you again next year! ?