Wine Challenge set to be worth the wait
THE postponed North East Wine Challenge finally has a date after a number of setbacks forced the Myrtleford held event away from its usual September slot.
The three day event will take place at the Ablett Pavilion from Monday November 26 to Wednesday November 28 with the public tasting pencilled in for 5pm on the Wednesday.
Alpine Valleys Vignerons president, Michael Freudenstein, said waiting for the availability of the McNamara Reserve function centre would be worth it after it was booked out for most of November for VCE exams.
“It’s the perfect location really,” he added.
“Because of those big windows there’s lots of natural light and the judging area has plenty of space so you can spread the wines out with good separation between stewards, servers and guests.”
Mr Freudenstein said the finer details of the event were yet to be finalised but that all five major wine regions; Alpine, Beech- worth, Glenrowan, King Valley and Rutherglen would be represented.
“It’s all back on track as far as we’re concerned,” he said.
“It should be a great event, Alpine have been able to win the past two challenges and I think if we can get enough entries in this time we will win it again.”
Joan Faulkner will again chair the judging panel that will sample a wide array of fine wines.
“It’s a good benchmark for our (Alpine) wine makers because it shows the wines against other local wine 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.”
Competition entries for the event can be completed online through Showrunner up until November 9.
“It’s something I would encourage people to come too because it’s a great opportunity to taste the wines from right across the regions,” Mr Freudenstein added.