This past July eight wineries threw open the doors of their barrel rooms for two days of exclusive tasting sessions which were enthusiastically received by visitors.
Winemaker at Killiecrankie Wines John Monteath said the weekend was a chance for wine lovers to taste wine right from the source and enjoy some "barrel alchemy".
‘Visitors met the winemakers who chatted about their latest vintage and tasted future releases straight from the barrel.
‘Each exclusive and intimate barrel tasting session offered the opportunity to find out what the winemaker looks for as wine matures in oak,’ said Mr Monteath.
The eight participating wineries were Balgownie Estate, BlackJack Vineyards, Bullock Creek Vineyard, Connor Park Winery, Harcourt Valley Vineyards, Killiecrankie Wines, Mandurang Valley Wines, Sandhurst Ridge Winery and Water Wheel Vineyards.
The success of this exclusive event means it will be back on the calendar next winter. So, keep a look-out for news of our next “Barrel Alchemy”.
The majority of Bendigo’s wineries are small to medium-sized, and are still run by the families who founded them. Regular visitors to the region fondly refer to it as "The Winemakers Region", knowing it is not uncommon to meet the winemakers, sleeves rolled up, tending vines or working in the winery.