Spring is in the air. With the weather beginning to warm and a sense of excitement as we race towards the end of the year, it’s time to pause for breath and take in some of the many wonderful wines within the Canberra region.

Wine Roses and all that Jazz is back for 2013, with more than 20 cellar doors offering a sensational selection of wine and music that brings the good things in life barely a 35 minutes from Canberra’s CBD. What more does one need than a taste of Canberra’s amazing wine region that is beautifully matched with jazz and blues? It’s music for the heart, soul and palate.

All of Canberra’s best vineyards are involved: Barton Estate, Brindabella Hills Winery, Capital Wines, Four Winds Vineyard, Lamberts Vineyard, Lark Hill, Little Bridge Wines, McKellar Ridges Wines, Mount Majura Vineyard, Murrumbateman Winery, Pankhurst Wines, Shaw Vineyard Estate, Surveyors Hill and Yarrh Wines. Even Robyn Rowe Chocolates from Murrumbateman are involved to add an extra level of indulgence.

The really fun element is the ‘Festival Passport’ – free at all the venues participating in the Festival. Pick yours up and get it stamped at the first venue and, once you’ve accumulated three stamps, you are in the running for a selection of wine-related prizes. Every venue is taking on its own spin on the theme of Wine, Roses and All that Jazz, so there is certainly every reason to see what is happening nearby.

Further information of the events on offer, a PDF map you can download and list of venues involved in Wine, Roses and all that Jazz are available from the Canberra Wines website (Click here).

For those who like to test their tastebuds, tomorrow (Thursday 24 October 2013) sees the Canberra Wine District’s Centenary Event 100 Years, 100 Wines – the Tasting of the Century at The Realm Hotel in Barton. It’s $30 per head, and many of the winemakers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have – or just to chat your shared passion! (Click here) for further details.