Pres­ti­gious event at Great West­ern

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Sep­pelt Wines at Great West­ern has joined a prom­i­nent list of venues pre­sent­ing events as part of Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val.

The win­ery will present Great West­ern’s Long­est Un­der­ground Lunch on March 16.

The event in Sep­pelt’s his­toric un­der­ground cel­lars and hosted by Great West­ern En­ter­prises rep­re­sents the first time Sep­pelt Wines has been part of the fes­ti­val.

Each year food and wine lovers flock to Mel­bourne in their thou­sands to im­merse them­selves in a gas­tro­nomic play­ground of fresh pro­duce, in­no­va­tive chefs, award-win­ning restau­rants and award-win­ning wine.

Great West­ern En­ter­prises man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Da­nial Ah­chow said the group was ec­static to be able to show­case Grampians food and wine in such a unique lo­ca­tion.

“It will be a feast of Grampians lo­cal pro­duce, paired bril­liantly with Sep­pelt award-win­ning wines,” he said.

“The un­der­ground cel­lars are like a hid­den gem. There are a few who have ex­pe­ri­enced un­der­ground din­ing at Sep­pelt and I am sure it is an ex­pe­ri­ence they con­tinue to share for years.

“We are told sto­ries about the cel­e­bra­tions of years gone by un­der­ground in the cel­lars. Hans Irvine, who owned the win­ery at the turn of last cen­tury was a well-con­nected aris­to­crat who brought the likes of Dame Nel­lie Melba and Mark Twain to Great West­ern.”

Mr Ah­chow said gold min­ers first hand-dug the her­itage-listed un­der­ground cel­lars in 1865.

“They are known to be the long­est in the south­ern hemi­sphere. There is more than three kilo­me­tres of hand­dug drives,” he said.

“It will be an event that our guests will talk about for a long time. You sim­ply can­not ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing else like it in Aus­tralia. We can’t wait.”

Peo­ple can book tick­ets to the event on the Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val web­site, www.mel­bourne­food and­

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