Wine region ups profile to mark 50 years

Augusta Margaret River Times
Fraser Gallop chief winemaker Clive Otto and the Margaret River Wine Association's Amanda Whiteland enjoy a drop of red in celebration of the wine region's 50th anniversary.
Camera IconFraser Gallop chief winemaker Clive Otto and the Margaret River Wine Association's Amanda Whiteland enjoy a drop of red in celebration of the wine region's 50th anniversary. Credit: Augusta-Margaret River Times, Taelor Pelusey

Margaret River winemakers will travel interstate and overseas in coming months to further raise the wine region’s profile and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Events in Singapore will be hosted by 18 renowned winemakers on August 30 and 31 and will kick off with a degustation dinner at Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Australian Luke Mangan which will be paired with 11 award-winning Margaret River wines.

Two events will follow the next day at the Equinox Restaurant at the Swissotel The Stamford, including a trade and media masterclass and showcase of WA produce matched to 50 Margaret River wines.

Margaret River Wine Association marketing director Amanda Whiteland said Singapore was an important export market for Margaret River wine and the association was “very excited to be sharing our 50th anniversary with our friends in Singapore”.

The next month will see 19 wineries represented at food and wine tasting events in Melbourne and Sydney, including Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate, Howard Park and Woodlands and their flagship varietals.

A five-course dinner matched to 11 premium wines at Vue de monde will kickstart the festivities on September 4, with an event at Bentley Restaurant + Bar on September 6 to follow.

The series of events aim to celebrate five decades since the first vines were planted at Vasse Felix.

Fraser Gallop Estate chief winemaker Clive Otto said the anniversary was cause for celebration.

“I’ve been in the Margaret River winemaking game for 27 years now,” he said.

“It’s amazing to think of all the industry has achieved in that time, and exciting to think of about where we’re headed.”

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