Geelong Winegrowers Association
with President, Simon Kuc
Article by ELLIE GARDNER | Photos SUPPLIED
After a long stretch of chilly weather, I am thrilled to be able to note that we have finally felt a little summer! If the glorious sunshine isn’t enough to inspire a day out with your loved ones, then surely the thought of visiting one of the beautiful wineries or provedores in the region should do the trick. Simon Kuc is excited for what this busy season has to offer for weekenders, travellers passing by, and for locals who want to make the most of Geelong’s growing food and wine scene.
The lead up to the summer season was kicked off with the regions Toast to the Coast event, that saw wine lovers and enthusiastic foodies flock to local wineries to indulge in a weekend of tantalising one’s tastebuds. Simon reflects, "Toast to the Coast was a huge success this year, with over 4000 tickets sold and plenty of people in the region enjoying our finest food and wine. We had terrific weather, which made the weekend really enjoyable for visitors, and for those running it!"
"Now we have summer to look forward to. Summer generally brings in a greater amount of people to the Geelong region, because of local events that take place along the bay, so there are a lot of campers and weekenders coming down, which in turn, leads to people visiting the wineries and having lunch or tasting wine at the cellar doors. It will be a busy summer, I think, and it is very exciting because there will be some new restaurants opening in the region that support local wine. Definitely keep an eye out for those developments."
Local vineyards are not only preparing for the summer peak in sales and visitors, but are also getting ready for the chaotic Vintage season that begins early next year. Simon says, "At the moment it is really busy in the vineyards with making sure that the vines are getting to a place that they should be in terms of nutrition. We haven’t had to water too much as yet, because the soil is nice and wet from the recent weather. So, leading into summer, as it dries out, people will start irrigating to keep this standard going. The vines should be in for a really good summer, as long as the weather picks up!"
Simon continues, "When the warmer temperatures do kick in, the vines will start growing, and it is a really nice time to be around them because you literally see them grow every single day. They look really good and healthy so far, so the season is definitely off to a good start."
Simon encourages those in the region to visit local cellar doors, particularly because many visitors do not have the chance to do so during the winter period. For a winery with a Spanish twist, visit the Del Rios vineyard, rated 5 stars by James Halliday in Wine Companion 2016 edition. It is located near the small township of Anakie, overlooking the stunning countryside of Geelong and the You Yangs. The Del Rios cellar door, open from 11am to 5pm, offers a vast range of their award winning wines, and also sells the winery’s very own red wine vinegar that is used in the café’s popular salads – a nice addition to your summer pantry!
Terindah Estate is another beautiful winery to visit, and is no more than 20 minutes from Geelong. Named the Dark Horse of the Year 2016 by James Halliday, Terindah Estate is a must visit. Their impressive cellar door offers wine tastings from 10am to 4pm daily along with estate produce and delectable cheese platters for visitors to share. After exploring the picturesque vineyard, treat yourself to lunch in The Shed, Thursday through to Monday, for a quality culinary experience, and enjoy the sweeping panoramic views of the winery and the serene bay.
There is so much on offer here in Geelong for lovers of quality food and wine, so be sure to designate some time over the next few months to relax, unwind, and enjoy an afternoon (or two!) at some of our amazing vineyards.
Visit www.winegeelong.com.au to keep up to date with any summer events that may be taking place at local wineries within the region.
Snapshot of the Geelong Wine Show 2016 Results:
Bendigo Bank Trophy - Best Wine of the Show
2015 Bellbrae Estate 'Boobs' Chardonnay
Vinvicta Products Trophy - Best Oak Matured Chardonnay
2015 Bellbrae Estate 'Boobs' Chardonnay
Labelhouse Trophy - Best other White or Red varietal or blend
2015 Del Rios Hildegard
The Black Salt Trophy - Best Pinot Noir
2015 Mermerus Pinot Noir
Sirugue Cooperage Trophy - Best Shiraz
2013 Dinny Goonan Shiraz
Geelong Wine Association Trophy - Most Successful Exhibitor
Mermerus Vineyard and Winery
To keep up-to-date with Summer activities at Geelong region wineries, visit www.winegeelong.com.au
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