Geographe re­gion of­fers al­ter­na­tive

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

Vis­i­tors are be­ing en­cour­aged to get al­ter­na­tive on their next wine tast­ing pil­grim­age, with the Bun­bury Geographe Tourism Part­ner­ship and Geographe Wine In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion launch­ing WA’s first Al­ter­na­tive Wine Trail.

The part­ner­ship’s tourism mar­ket­ing and de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Michelle McCully, said the self­guided trail in­cluded eight winer­ies in the Geographe re­gion where vis­i­tors could sip and swirl more than 12 al­ter­na­tive va­ri­eties.

“In de­vel­op­ing the trail, the aim was to work with lead­ing lo­cal winer­ies to raise the aware­ness of Geographe’s strength in pro­duc­ing al­ter­na­tive wines and si­mul­ta­ne­ously cre­ate a unique vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

As­so­ci­a­tion board mem­ber and Vine­yard 28 owner Pippa Nielsen said lo­cal pro­duc­ers had em­braced al­ter­na­tive va­ri­eties.

“Most im­por­tantly, for our wine­mak­ers, it’s all about pay­ing at­ten­tion to the ter­roir and fo­cus­ing on va­ri­eties that suit our Mediter­ranean climes,” she said.

The al­ter­na­tive wine trail brochure is part of Tourism WA’s growing se­lec­tion of food and wine trails, ti­tled the Taste 2020 Food and Wine Trails, to be launched in front of 2000 peo­ple at Ya­gan Square in Perth on Sun­day.

Three South West chefs will join Bun­bury-born WA Food Am­bas­sador Don Hancey to serve up a taste of the re­gion at the Buy West Eat Best Taste of WA South West Re­gion cam­paign, which will run along­side the launch of the food and wine trails.

South West De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Ball said this would al­low peo­ple from the met­ro­pol­i­tan area and vis­i­tors to Perth to sam­ple the flavours of the South West. They would also hear from the chefs who were in­spired by pro­duce from the re­gion.

“We want peo­ple to come along to this event and have their ap­petite whet for a trip to the South West, ei­ther to plan their own gourmet get­away or to at­tend one of the many fan­tas­tic foodie events that take place in the re­gion,” she said.

Copies of the trail are avail­able at the Bun­bury Vis­i­tors Cen­tre.

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