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Monday 2 April 2018

Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend Cancelled

Organisers posted a short notice on their Facebook page on Easter Monday. 

The Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend for 2018 will not be held in Hobart in May, as scheduled.

The Red and White Wine Weekends have been highlights of the Tasmanian wine calendar for several years now - immensely popular tastings of new and, sometimes, old releases. 

But the progress of the events has been stymied by a lack of volunteers (many Tasmanian winemakers have young families) and an unwillingness to change a format that became stale and repetitive. 

The event also lost some of its spark after a move to cavernous Princes Wharf One, and organisers were not receptive to suggestions of format changes. 

Thus this announcement: "It is with regret that we advise that will be taking a break for the 2018 Red Wine Weekend. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our Tasmanian wine weekends (both Red and White) over the past decade and all our participating vineyards. We are in discussions about a new wine event later in the year, so watch this space!

Hopefully, a new format will bring new energy - and much better promotion. The last White Wine Weekend was given zero push other than a couple of stories in the Hobart Mercury.

And it seems absurd that tastings such as these should be cancelled at a time when interest in Tasmanian wine has never been higher. 

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