Inaugural Canowindra Organic Wine Fair – This Long Weekend!

Join Canowindra’s four organic vignerons for a tasting of their finest wines on 2pm on Sunday October 3, Rosnay, Rivers Road Organic Farms, Canowindra.

“Canowindra’s vignerons, as part of the wider Cowra wine region, have been leading the charge to make it into one of the country’s leading regions for organic and sustainable viticulture”, said Jason O’Dea, organic vigneron and president of the Cowra Region Vineyard Association. “We are proud to promote this fact during National Organic Week, an initiave of the Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE) in collaboration with Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA).”

About 20 events are listed on www.organicweek.net.au. The format of the Fair is very simple and casual, with the four vignerons presenting their best wines to the public. The event ties in with Canowindra’s Centenary Railway Celebrations, and the brunch being put on by the local food and wine group, Canowindra @ Home, from 11am to 1pm.

The vignerons are:

  • Jason and Rebecca O’Dea, Pig in the House Organic Wines. Jason and Rebecca’s wines have won wide acclaim not only for their quality but also for their sense of humour, building a brand on the very down to earth former use of the house in their vineyard, which is fabled to have been co-inhabited by human and their porcine friends. www.piginthehouse.com.au
  • Herb and Jenny Gardner, Gardners Ground Wines. Herb and Jenny have also won great acclaim for their 2008 Shiraz, which won best local wine in the Cowra Wine Show in 2009. They also excell in the field of Preservative Free wines. www.gardnersground.com.au
  • Margaret Wallington, Wallington Wines is the region’s most recent organic vigneron, and she is also now employing the famed Biodynamic methods of Rudolphe Steiner. Her strawbale winery is also a showcase of sustainable and beautiful industrial building. www.wallingtonwines.com.au
  • Sam, Richard and Florence Statham, Rosnay Organic Wines. As the first organic growers in the Cowra wine region, the Stathams of Rosnay pride themselves on a great range of consistent wines each featuring Florence’s own artworks. www.rosnay.com.au

Directions: From Canowindra, go 3km towards Cowra, and take Rivers Road, and follow it to the first driveway after the first vines and olives on the right (about 4km). There is a large carved wooden sign which says “Rosnay”.

If you have not already eaten at the Railway Celebrations, feel free to bring your own picnic and make use of the BBQ facilities available on the lawn.