Popular local event continues to grow in its ninth year

FUN AND FOOD: Linda Van Dulst from Sydney, Kerrie Lindsay from Gerringong and Diane Livesey from Sydney enjoy some good food and good wine at the Shoalhaven Winter Wine Festival on Saturday.FOR anyone who enjoys wine, food, markets, art or music this year’s ninth annual Shoalhaven coast Winter Wine Festival was a winner.Unlike last year’s rain drenched, but still popular festival this year’s was spread out across 13 Shoalhaven wineries under a perfect blue sky for most of the three day event.Shane Bricker from Two Figs Winery said the weekend had panned out beautifully.“It is going great,” he said yesterday.“The weather has been good, we’ve seen a massive turnout of people. There’s people everywhere and having the best time.“I’m pretty sure it will be as big as last year. I feel that given the current economic situation that would be a good result,” he said.Shoalhaven Coast Wine Industry Association president Isaac Ellis said the annual festival catered to all levels of wine enthusiasts.“Novices can come out and taste a new vintage and talk with the winemakers to increase their knowledge and confidence,” he said.Thousands of visitors and Shoalhaven residents took advantage of the Stuarts Coach hop on hop off bus service to get around and sample wine varieties produced in the region. Those varieties include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Semillon, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, along with newer varieties like savagnin, sangiovese and tempranillo.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.