Wine tast­ing suc­cess

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

It’s great to see or­gan­is­ers bask in yet an­other suc­cess­ful Win­ery Walk­a­bout, with peo­ple from all walks of life and ages en­joy­ing the fes­ti­val for what it is – a chance to re­lax even dress up and en­joy fine food and wine while so­cial­is­ing with friends.

De­spite the wet start, which lo­cal farm­ers no doubt wel­comed, fine and sunny weather greeted more than 17,000 fes­ti­val­go­ers on both days.

The Win­ery Walk­a­bout not only keeps Ruther­glen on the tourism map, but it brings mil­lions of dol­lars to the lo­cal econ­omy each year.

Many tourists flock to the re­gion for the event and stay for the week­end, with ho­tels and mo­tels in the im­me­di­ate area booked out months in ad­vance.

Or­gan­is­ers say many Win­ery Walk­a­bout pa­trons are re­peat cus­tomers with more tick­ets added to the fes­ti­val each year, prov­ing just how much the wine fes­ti­val is grow­ing.

There were no doubt many wine lovers nurs­ing a sore head the morn­ing af­ter the event, but most would have agreed it was worth it.

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