Margaret River On Tour returns to Singapore from 17 – 23 August for its fourth annual showcase of fine wines, gourmet food, and immersive travel experiences from Australia’s famed southwest region.
More than 30 wineries, restaurants, and travel and hospitality businesses from the region will descend on Singapore for a week of wining and dining, masterclasses, travel trade experiences, and fringe events.
Singapore is a key market for the Margaret River region, which is located three hours by car from Perth, Western Australia. More than 23,000 travellers from Singapore visit Margaret River each year, making it the region’s second biggest international visitor market after the United Kingdom. Singapore is also ranked fourth in the Margaret River region’s wine export market by volume and value, after China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland says: “We are excited to bring the best of Margaret River to Singapore for our fourth annual event that proudly showcases the region’s breadth, quality, and diversity over numerous activities across the island. We hope this week-long taste of Margaret River will inspire Singaporeans and residents to travel south for their next vacation and immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty and high-value, off-the-beaten-track experiences.”
Margaret River and the southwest region was recently named number one Asia Pacific destination in its “Best in Asia Pacific 2019” list by travel authority Lonely Planet.
Singaporeans and residents can get a taste of Margaret River at the week-long festivities packed with wine dinners with local restaurants, masterclasses by Margaret River winemakers, and fringe activities. Details will be released on www.margaretriverontour.com.
Margaret River On Tour Showcase Evening
The star event of the week will take place at the Grand Hyatt Singapore from 6 – 9:30p.m. on 22 August. Guests will meet winemakers and sample pours from award-winning estates such as Vasse Felix, Cape Mentelle, and Xanadu, and discover up-and-coming wineries such as L.A.S. Vino, McHenry Hohnen, and Whicher Ridge. Chef Evan Hayter of Arimia Winery and Restaurant will treat gourmands to a ‘live’ demonstration of his culinary skills and invite them to taste his dishes featuring seasonal organic and biodynamic produce from the southwest region and the Arimia farm.
New this year is a photo exhibition that captures the natural beauty and majestic ruggedness of Margaret River by internationally acclaimed local photographer Russell Ord, who will be on hand to talk to guests about his passion and his images. Russell has exhibited in Germany at Photokina 2016 and Tokyo Japan 2017 for FujiFilm.
Also new this year is the CinefestOZ Pop Up Cinema, showcasing a taste of
Australia’s premiere destination film festival, held in the heart of Margaret River every August.
Providing the evening’s entertainment will be Josh “Koomal” Whiteland, a Wadandi custodian whose ancestors walked the ancient land of the Margaret River region for more than 50,000 years. Josh will introduce guests to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic personal interpretation through music and presentation.
Guests are welcome to bring home their favourite Margaret River wines and other local products which will be for sale on-site or book their very own Margaret River experience with the region’s travel partners.
The ticket for the Margaret River On Tour Showcase Evening, which includes a sampling of all wines presented, food, and a take-home Plumm wine glass valued at $25, is priced at $75 per guest and can be purchased at www.margaretriverontour.com.
Margaret River On Tour moves next to Kuala Lumpur for its Malaysia roadshow at the Pullman Hotel on 24 August.
Margaret River On Tour is supported by the Australian Government’s International Wine Tourism Grant (administered by Wine Australia), Margaret River Wine Association, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, South West Development Commission, and Australia’s South West.