Art at the Cellar Door of Barton Estate Wines, Murrumbateman
Who doesn’t love the opportunity to sample the best wine while visiting the Cellar Doors of our region? Well, once a year the Canberra District Wineries open their cellar doors together over a period of two days to facilitate the celebrations that take place every year in the Wine, Roses and all that Jazz Festival.
22 Wineries are taking part this year, so there are plenty of cellar doors to visit to ensure you get a great overview on what our region has to offer. Not only does the festival include sampling of great wines, there are also platters of gourmet treats from our region to sample, not to mention the fabulous jazz music showcased alongside regional art – oh did I mention the roses?
For those wanting to know who is on the trail, visit http://www.canberrawines.com.au/events/wine_roses_jazz.html for a download detailing each of the 22 wineries that are involved this year.
At the first off the list (that’s Number 1 on the list) is Barton Estate Wines in Murrumbateman. Only a short drive from Hall, Canberra, the winery has two of the red varieties of grape that are unique to the region – Malbec and Petit Verdot. These are amongst their other varieties of Sangiovese, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, not to forget the white varieties of Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and a small amount of Viognier.
Those who have visited them before know that they also offer sumptuous food and fabulous music. Last year they had the pleasure of being entertained by Jazz Musician Dave Rodriquez, this year the fabulous music will be provided by local musician Andy Campbell.
Last year was the first time I was involved in being a part of this wonderful celebration, and I am thrilled to be the Artist in Residence at the Barton Estate Winery. It is a wonderful festival to be exhibiting in and you can find my botanical works (with some of my line drawings) out at Barton Estate’s Cellar Door.
For more information about Barton Estate, please visit http://www.bartonestate.com.au or better yet, take a quick drive out of Canberra, head to Murrumbateman and check out what it’s all about.