Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Grampians Grape escape

The Grampians provide one of the most dramatic backdrops to a wine region in Australia. From the east the escarpments appear to suddenly rear up out of the Earth. The wine tradition here is unbroken since the gold era with the two icons of Best's and Seppelts Great Western both holding immense fascination for the serious historian of Australian wine.

The first weekend in May is time for this region to have some fun with the annual Grape Escape Wine and Food Festival. This festival aways takes it's food seriously; this year's celebrity chef is Tobie Puttock.

While you are visiting the region make some time to see how the bush in the National Park is recovering from the devastating fires of 2006.

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