Top drops with stunning views

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A feast with a view — the Porongurup Wine Festival — is back for its 30th edition this weekend.

The festival will be set among the beautiful trees at Karrivale, where guests can enjoy the region’s award winning wines with a breathtaking backdrop view of the Stirling Range.

The festival comprises a variety of activities including a wine master-class, a cooking demonstration and the popular grape-stomping competition.

Ten local wineries from the Porongurup region will supply produce on the day to go with an array of food stalls and live music for the biggest wine festival in the Great Southern.

Porongurup Promotion Association president Robert Bunch said the region’s wines had unique and distinct tastes because of the cool climate. “It’s a combination of factors, the minerals in the ground and the cool climate we’ve got here at the Porongurup are one of the reasons,” he said. “That’s why we have such a renowned riesling in here.”

Award-winning sommelier Dan Wegener will host a wine masterclass during the festival to break down local rieslings, chardonnays, shiraz and pinot noir with local cheese.

Mr Bunch said there would also be plenty of games and activities for people to enjoy during the event

“We got the great stomp, where people can compete to stomp the most magic wine juice,” he said.

“We also have bouncing castles and the One Wok Wonder, which is a cooking presentation with Anna Gare and Don Hancey.”

The event is on Sunday, March 4 and tickets are $25 a person and free for children under the age of 18.

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