An­nual wine show de­layed af­ter set­backs

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THIS year’s North East Wine Chal­lenge in Myrtle­ford has been pushed back un­til later in the year af­ter a num­ber of set­backs.

Nor­mally re­served for Septem­ber, Alpine Val­leys Vignerons pres­i­dent Michael Freuden­stein said the two-day com­pe­ti­tion which in­cor­po­rates the wider re­gion’s five geo­graph­i­cal wine districts – Alpine Val­leys, Beech­worth, Glen­rowan, King Val­ley and Ruther­glen would be held at least two months later than nor­mal.

“We had a few or­gan­i­sa­tional things go wrong so we’ve post­poned un­til Novem­ber or De­cem­ber,” he said.

“There is VCE ex­ams on in the Ab- lett Pavil­ion in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber and we’re just in the process of try­ing to or­gan­ise some dates with judges.”

The Alpine Val­ley’s will be out de­fend its ti­tle as the best re­gion af­ter claim­ing the Re­gional Shield for the past two years.

“It’s a good bench­mark for our wine mak­ers be­cause it shows the wines against other lo­cal win re­gions,” Mr Freuden­stein said.

“The other re­gions prob­a­bly have big­ger rep­u­ta­tions be­cause they’ve been pro­duc­ing wines for a longer pe­riod but the Alpine Val­ley wines are equiv­a­lent to all of them.”

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