THE best of Bathurst’s wine and produce was on offer for the 11th annual Winter Winery Wander on Sunday.
In another sell out event, six coaches, all at capacity, visited some of the city’s premier restaurants and function centres, where they got to experience the creme de la creme of the city’s food and wine culture.
Sandra Matiszik, one of the organisers of the event, said everyone was having a really great day.
Ms Matiszik, who was hosting one of the buses said half the group hadn’t been on the wander before, and the rest were either on their second or third tour, or ‘marathoners’, who had been on six or more wanders.
She said all buses visited four of the six venues on the day, to do any more then four would have been too rushed, and less enjoyable for the wanderers.
The six venues which were part of the wander were Restaurant 92, Two Heads Brewery, Renzaglia Wines, Bathurst Goldfields, Abercrombie House, and Mount Panorama Estate.
Ms Matiszik said the idea behind the event was to highlight the city’s fabulous wines, and food and the talents of chefs locally.
“It’s all about showcasing our beautiful area and what the city has to offer, especially in wines.”
And while some guests travelled from Sydney and other regional areas to be part of the day, she said the vast majority were from Bathurst.
“Really they are people enjoying their own home town, and everything it has to offer,” she said.
Dr Donald Alexander, who was hosting another of the coaches, said Sunday’s beautiful weather added to the ambiance of the day.
“Last year it rained, but this year the weather has been fabulous.”
He said he believed the reason the event was so successful was because it was a relaxed day, where people could stop and enjoy the food and wine on offer.
For Michael Lane, Sunday’s wander was the first time he’d been on the tour, but he was certainly glad he was part of the day.
“I’m here with a group of friends who invited us, we’ve been meaning to come on the tour for years, so it’s great to be here.”
Mr Lane and his group stopped off first at Bathurst Goldfields, and said it was really impressive.
“It’s great to taste the different food, and have the wines match the meal,” he said.