WINERY WALKABOUT 2018 Walkabout continues
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.