The Canberra District Wine Industry Association is fully conscious of the implications of Coronavirus 19 and the Australian Government’s official stance on non-essential gatherings of no more than 100 people indoors and 500 people for outdoor gatherings and as a result we have decided to cancel our Canberra Wine Week for 2020. We intend to go ahead with the Canberra Wine Week 2021 at the same time next year, 20th March to 29th March, with an events calendar to be advised early 2021.
Sarah McDougall, Secretary CDWIA says “In light of the current situation, as an industry that has its roots in hospitality we have to err on the side of caution, and ensure that our industry experts, staff and customers are always at the forefront when making critical business decisions around health and safety. Whilst it’s been a horrendous year with bush fires, smoke taint, a wine district with no vintage, and now cancellation of what is our biggest week long celebration of the year, we’re already thinking ahead to 2021, we want it to be bigger and better than ever. Our energy now goes into our Budburst Festival in Spring, we’ll definitely need something to celebrate by then. We also want everyone to know that our cellar doors are open, our wineries are furiously preparing online orders, because Canberrans still want to drink local, they love their local wines and our locally stocked bottle shops are incredibly popular. If you have to self isolate, do so with a fridge full of Canberra wines!”
Currently, we only have one winery who has temporarily closed it’s cellar doors, all other wineries are open. There are several events occurring this weekend, where the event falls within the stated safety attendee guidelines, so it’s best to check out our website for more event details. We have wineries who are offering discounted delivery fees, curbside food and wine deliveries and wine bars who will be offering pizza and wine takeaways. Now’s the time to watch our wineries who are letting their innovative juices flow. Watch this space.