WIN­ERY WALK­A­BOUT 2018 Walk­a­bout con­tin­ues

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JARRYD BARCA

An oc­ca­sion that has, since its in­cep­tion, at­tracted visi­tors to the Ruther­glen-Wah­gun­yah re­gion from all across the coun­try, ticket sales yet again sky-rock­eted, with a mas­sive eco­nomic im­pact ex­pected to sur­face.

Wine­mak­ers of Ruther­glen Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer An­nalee Nolan said num­bers at this year’s Satur­day-Sun­day fes­ti­val held over the Queen’s Birth­day week­end clearly sur­passed any other year, with a growth of nearly 5,000 peo­ple since 2016.

“Just for the walk­a­bout alone we had about 17,000 peo­ple come to Ruther­glen to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties, so ul­ti­mately it was a re­ally big suc­cess,” she told The Free Press.

“Num­bers were well up from other years the event con­tin­ues to grow. Al­though we ob­tain sig­nif­i­cant num­bers for each day, we had a lot more at­tend on the Satur­day com­pared to other years which was very pleas­ing.

“Tra­di­tion­ally Sun­day is al­ways a lot busier so it was great to see the Satur­day num­bers pick up.

“We were re­ally pleased with the vol­ume of peo­ple that came along and the num­ber of tick­ets sold. “Ticket sales were up on pre­vi­ous years and the winer­ies all re­ported heavy wine sales so over­all we’re re­ally pleased.”

The eco­nomic ben­e­fit of hold­ing such a sub­stan­tial event has had ad­verse im­pacts on Ruther­glen and neigh­bour­ing towns in the

The 2018 edi­tion of the fa­mous Win­ery Walk­a­bout is done and dusted, with thou­sands of wine lovers flock­ing to the 19 dif­fer­ent par­tic­i­pat­ing winer­ies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a record-break­ing day.

Emily Bates, Jo­hanna Bar­doel and Sa­man­tha McLean en­joy the late af­ter­noon sun at Cofield Wines.

Chloe Grae­ber, Court­ney Grae­ber and Wendy Kolis­nyk show their 1920s style.

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