We love to talk local and regional when it comes to fresh produce and supporting our farmers and artisan producers. How often do we talk about doing that when it comes to wine?
That's where the NSW Wine Festival comes in – to introduce, reacquaint or familiarise us with the truly fantastic range of locally made, locally sourced NSW wines. Each features grapes grown across the state, harvested and carefully processed by some of the most talented artisans around, bottled, aged and, finally, released for us all to enjoy.
The celebration rolls out across a range of wine-focused events over five fabulous weeks. It starts with the fine festivities of Sydney Cellar Door in Hyde Park (February 22-24), proceeds with a series of one-off Tour of the Regions dinners – where some of our best restaurant chefs combine forces with some of our best winemakers – and culminates in festival-exclusive matched-menu offers, from a great glass of NSW wine with a fun bar snack through to a full set menu paired with one or more wines.
Some wines and winemakers to look out for include our terrific major winery partners: Bimbadgen, Brokenwood, Cumulus, De Iuliis, Hungerford Hill, Logan, Printhie and A.Retief. They'll each be featured at the Tour of the Regions dinners as well as in the new Master Winemakers' Tasting Room, presented by CrackaWines, at Sydney Cellar Door.
The NSW Wine Festival is a partnership between The Sydney Morning Herald and NSW Wine, with the support of the state government through NSW Trade and Investment and Destination NSW. It's brought to you by Citibank, our principal sponsor. We thank all our valued partners and look forward to toasting them, and the winemakers of NSW, right through the NSW Wine Festival – from February 22 to March 31.