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Let's get behind our wine industry this coming festive season

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Crittenden Estate - Stillwater Restaurant

 
Festive season kicks off in Australia in November! Now's the time to plan a party in a wine region, at one of our many fabulous vineyard and winery restaurants, or their gorgeous gardens, wherever. As usual, there are also lots of markets, food festivals and wine events on around Australia this month – perfect for a getaway before Christmas, or some advance gift shopping.

Here are VisitVineyards we're delighted announce a new and totally fabulous sommelier in our wings – more to be revealed in our November newsletter, so look out for that in your inboxes on the 12th! Plus we have a new partnership with the amazing Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and your chance to experience their fabulous events in 2015. 

Check these out and just 20 or so events on around the country below.

Meanwhile, back the the computerface, Andrew is hugely pleased to tell us that VisitVineyards is now getting over a million visitors per year! (That's real people, not including Google and other page-crawlers). It just shows how much the interest in Australian wine and food – and especially visiting our fabulous regions – has grown in the past 10 years, and how much you want to know where to go and what to do when you get there.

VisitVineyards is the best place to find out! With Australia's biggest database of wine producers, on our website you can find all the hidden gems (and if you know of one we haven't got, please email Andrew and let him know its name and State or region, so we can follow it up, thanks), plus opening hours, wine types and everything you might want to know.

Oh, and did we tell you we also have a growing list of cideries, microbreweries and distilleries too? (Can't find yours? Email your deets to Andrew).

So if you are planning some wine and food country adventures this month, and looking for producers, restaurants, cellar doors and cool places to chill in, you're in the right place. Plus we have hundreds of articles, interviews, itineraries, videos and rich information on our wines, ciders, brewers and makers, so you can find the best places to go and how to get there.

Discover the the hidden gems, the must-sees, and don't miss the best – the perfect wineries or whatever you're looking for in our wine and food regions – and meet the fabulous people who make them.  You can spend more time relaxing and enjoying yourselves!
 

On the road already? All our information (including accommodations) is available in the VisitVineyards iPhone app which you can download for free on iTunes here. In the words of one happy subscriber, Matt B. from North Fitzroy: "Love your app! It was such a big help exploring an unfamiliar wine region! 10/10!" No need to say more, thanks Matt.
 

As many of you know, we also have our massive wine and food events calendar here »

Search by date, by region, whatever you want to find wine, beer and cider, food, music, art and other events near you. We are constantly amazed by how much goes on every month. Scroll down and check out just a few below this article. Almost everywhere we look there are more events, from WA to NSW and Queensland and the NT. Wine and food really are a significant part of Australia's culture – it's so much more than just an 'industry'. We love it!
 

On VisitVineyards.com you can find almost every winery, vineyard and wine and food event in Australia (and a few in NZ, too), including:

  • We have Australia's biggest list of wineries and vineyardsnearly 5000 at last count, including many boutique producers and hidden gems that you won't find anywhere else but here. (True! Even the Australian Winemakers' Federation doesn't know about them). We add new ones every week, they are still popping up like mushrooms.

    Opening hours? Of course. Child friendly? Sure. Have music? Yes! Whatever you need and want to enjoy, in whatever state, you can find it here – by region, by name, if they have a cellar door, when it's open, or search by wine varieties and lots more by using our advanced search (tick 'wine') here » 
     
  • What is wine without good food? We also list food growers, makers and producers – from cheese, bread, cakes and chocolate to truffles, tomatoes, vincotto and wasabi, you can discover where to find the best local and regional food here (using our advanced search, tick 'food') »
     
  • Driving yourself? On VisitVineyards.com you can find heaps of self-drive itineraries and tours in wine and food country around Australia (and a few in New Zealand), compiled by leading writers and locals in the know;
     
  • Like to keep up to date? We also have wine news and articles –  wine reviews and tasting notes, and reviews of the latest wine books and iPhone apps, on our home and wine pages;
     
  • There's also food and dining news and reviews from the regions, including restaurants, cooking schools and markets – check our what your fave chefs are doing, and find the hot new regional restaurants;
     
  • What's on – this is a biggie! There are literally hundreds of events every month in Australia's biggest calendar of wine and food events! Search by date, state or region »
     
  • Delightful regional accommodation –  we feature a range of beautiful places to stay in food and wine country that you won't always find on big, impersonal directory sites – you can book them direct with the operators.
     

And while you're planning where to go, or reminiscing over your wine region travels, you can also enjoy

  • Reviews of the best cookbooks, food and wine (or beer) matching tips and ideas (check out the latest on the VisitVineyards.com home page) –  we especially try to feature those with a regional flavour, often not found in city bookstores;
     
  • Our popular monthly newsletter, so you can keep up with the latest;
     
  • Special offers you receive as a subscriber »
     
  • Feedback and tips from wine and food lovers –  read current reviews by real people on all listings, and in our forums, and find out if that cellar door or restaurant really is as good as it sounds....  You can also share your own comments on places you've been;
     
  • Monthly giveaways where we share fabulous wines, hampers, food produce, wine and food books, holidays and lots more from our wonderful producers around the country, on our popular Win page »
     
  • Meet, chat with us or other wine and food lovers on our VisitVineyards Facebook page or on Twitter »

 
Even if your nearest grapevine is hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away – or if, like many, you are visiting Australia (or this website) from overseas – if you love wine or food, you're sure to find something to make your Australian wine and food travels even more enjoyable!

So put a smile on your face, and if you haven't already subscribed, get into the wine travel groove, support Australia's fabulous wine and food producers and tourism operators, and join over 48,000 happy wine and food lovers here –  it's free »

We'd love to reach 50,000 by Christmas!

Enjoy the last month of spring and some lovely Australian wine, beer, cider and of course the fabulous Australian food with VisitVineyards.com

Cheers
from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew, Charlie, Laura and the VV team, and happy travels :)


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