Wine journalists and buyers from across the world visited Bendigo in May to meet our wine producers and
sample their wines. The visits were the first time a wine trade mission has travelled to the Bendigo region.
Bendigo Winegrowers Association’s Paul Greblo said wine trade delegates tasted a diverse selection of
wine and gained an appreciation of its diversity.
“This was an outstanding opportunity for delegates to experience for themselves the spectacular region we
are privileged to call home.
“As well as discovering the spectacular wines of the region delegates got to experience Bendigo’s rich
history,” said Paul.
They descended 61 metres below Bendigo where wineries set up a special display inside Central Deborah
Gold Mine with samples and a presentation from the winemakers.
Where gold was once sourced, now wine was being sourced by delegates from North and South East Asia,
and the United Arab Emirates.
The tour was part of the Victorian Government’s Meet the Winemaker program, attracting trade missions
from across Asia.
The wineries involved were Balgownie Estate, BlackJack Wines, Harcourt Valley Vineyards, Mandurang
Valley, Sutton Grange Winery, Sandhurst Ridge, Turners Crossing Wines and Water Wheel Vineyards.