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April is officially Australian Wine Month as the A+ Wine Celebration kicks off across the country and all over NSW

New South Wales residents are being called on to get out and get involved in the country’s biggest collaboration of wine events as part of Wine Australia’s A+ Australian Wine Celebration being held for the first time from 12 to 29 April 2012.

This inaugural celebration of Australian wine is supported by Wine Australia, the Australian wine industry’s statutory body, and will feature 17 local events across the state from Mudgee to Murrumbateman.

During this 17-day celebration, wine lovers across this great state will be able to enjoy award-winning wine, spectacular local produce and fabulous entertainment at tastings, parties and wine love-fests everywhere from Sydney’s super cool Ivy Ballroom to the Canowindra Night Markets.

This nationwide festival of the grape launches in our international city of Sydney with a showcase event on 4 April at the Ivy Ballroom in partnership with Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine where 25 wine regions will show 150 wines, and as it’s the grand finale to March into Merivale, tickets are selling fast.

Wine Australia’s Regional Director, Aaron Brasher said it was a unique occasion for all Australians to discover more about this country’s wine – its diversity, dynamism and total deliciousness.

“We are thrilled with the extraordinary array events being offered by NSW wineries and it’s great to see the industry getting together with wine lovers to celebrate the state’s great produce at their local cellar door.

“For two-and-a-half weeks, Australians can celebrate the most diverse, dynamic and exciting wine producing nation in the world as Australian wine flows across our capital cities and many of our most beautiful regional communities,” Brasher added.

A snapshot of events across NSW – all events are listed at

Saturday, 14 April: Join Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley for a lunch you will never forget at Winemaker for a Day. Have fun with winemaker, Iain Riggs as he shows you how to make (and drink) great Brokenwood wine. Tickets are $210 which includes a three-course lunch with wine, plus a six-pack of wine to take home afterwards.

Saturday, 14 April:  Visit the Canowindra Night Market & Balloon Glow as the sky lights-up with a spectacle of hot-air balloons while the night market showcases the food and wine from the Central West. One for the whole family.

Saturday, 21 April: Go Grazing at Mudgee’s Famous Wine & Food Festival with some of the region’s leading wineries teaming up with local restaurants at the Mudgee Showground Pavilion.

Saturday, 28 April: If you fancy yourself in a white coat then join the Sydney Wine Academy – Australian Wine Show Judging Class at the Wine Academy at TAFE NSW. Learn what it takes to be a wine show judge with behind-the-scenes access to the industry’s leading show judges.

Discover and register for these exciting NSW events and more at and follow the prompts to NSW events.

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