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Grampians winery pilot project gets frost test

By DEAN LAWSON The vineyard manager of one of Australia’s most historic wineries remains hopeful that the use of a helicopter to protect fragile vines and grape crops from frost will work. But Best’s Wines’ Ben Thomson, also the winery’s managing director, said he was unlikely to know for several weeks the level of success […]

Microbrewery on the radar for Halls Gap

A Grampians hamlet renowned for its gastronomic delights and award-winning wines could be set to add a microbrewery to its tourism offerings.

Countdown on to Grampians Seriously Shiraz wine festival

Grampians Wine Region will celebrate award-winning shiraz at some of the best wineries in Australia at an annual Seriously Shiraz festival from November 3 to 7. The event invites guests to taste their way through the Grampians at more than 20 events across five days. Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman said the event was more than […]

Action aplenty at Apsley

Apsley Racing Club is gearing up for its annual Sunday celebration of all things Apsley. The Di Giorgio Family Wines Apsley Cup will be on June 11, and the club is set to make the most of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with three days of fun and activities. Organisers have guaranteed that from an […]

Line-up grows for Grampians Grape Escape

Prominent Australian indigenous musical artist Deline Briscoe will perform with a six-piece band at this year’s Grampians Grape Escape at Halls Gap. Briscoe joins the list of entertainers and celebrities at the festival on May 6 and 7 at Halls Gap after a sold-out international tour with Black Arm Band. Another guest for the annual […]

Unearthing the Pyrenees in and around Avoca

Western Victoria’s love affair with wine and food celebrations will continue later this month when patrons gather in and around Avoca for a Pyrenees Unearthed festival. The festival features a blend of wine, art and garden events including the iconic Avoca races on the Anzac Day weekend of April 21 to 25. Pyrenees Unearthed works […]

Bella Fort continues family tradition at Natimuk Show

FAMILY TRADITION: Natimuk’s Glenys Fort and grand-daughter Bella Fort entered several items in Natimuk Show  competitions this year. The pair enjoyed success throughout the day.

Despite growing up in a generation of convenience, Natimuk teenager Bella Fort has a strong appreciation of both the efforts and rewards of ‘old-fashioned’ cooking.

2017 Grampians Grape Escape to feature Adam Liaw

One of Victoria’s favourite food and wine festivals has teamed with one of Australia’s favourite personalities for the 26th annual Grampians Grape Escape at Halls Gap next year.

Gardens Lake Cafe set to open at Ararat pool precinct

Ararat entrepreneur Maria Tsangas is preparing for the grand opening of Gardens Lake Café on Saturday. Ms Tsangas successfully applied for the tender to run an Alexandra Gardens and Ararat Outdoor Olympic Pool kiosk earlier this year and has been working on the project with Ararat Rural City Council staff. Ms Tsangas has lived in […]

Andrew Broad: Policy must put food first

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad has spoken at length in Federal Parliament about a need to have tighter controls on using water as a speculative investment. Mr Broad stressed water was much more than a financial commodity and there was a need to make sure its use for food production had appropriate protection. He said […]


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