Wineries will be opening throwing open their cellar doors for the second Labour Day long weekend in a row as part of the Porongurup Cellar Door Trail. Last year’s inaugural cellar door trail came together following the last-minute cancellation of the Porongurup Festival, but due to its success organisers have decided to follow a similar format in 2023. Porongurup Promotions Association’s Laura Wishart said the trail had proved successful because of its relaxed atmosphere coming into a busy time of year in the region’s vineyards. “It was a bit more of a free and easy format which works well for us at this time of year when we’re all gearing up for harvest on our vineyards,” she said. Sunday will be the main focus of the weekend’s activities with the Porongurup Inn and Tea Rooms hosting markets and grape stomps. There will also be wine tasting and sales by Zarepath winery and live music by the Gum Leaf Duo. Elsewhere along the trail Shepherd’s Hut, Castle Rock Estate, Mount Trio Vineyard, Ironwood Estate Wines, Jingalla Wines and Duke Vineyard will all be open and hosting special deals. “I would like to think people coming along will get a good understanding of the high-quality produce that comes out of the Porongurups and the wider Great Southern,” Ms Wishart said. “But also the great community spirit, the good fun and the fact there’s a lot of different thing that can be done in the area.” Each Venues will also be selling souvenir Porongurup wine glasses. Plans are in place for the Porongurup Festival to return in September.