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    News bites – 16 March 2021

    Sip on new tastes at Canberra’s Wine Week

    Helm Wines Canberra. Image courtesy Visit Canberra and TravMedia

    The Canberra District Wine Week 2021 runs from 20 to 29 March. The week encompasses events such as wine dinners and cellar door museum wine tastings to grape stomping, art exhibitions, musical soirees and blending your own.

    Highlights include the annual tasting launch event on Saturday 20 March featuring 16 wineries at the ANU’s Kambri Precinct and a 50 Years of Canberra Wine dinner at The Boathouse, featuring the premium wines of Clonakilla and winemaker Tim Kirk.

    So Canberra produces more than just political decisions?

    Molongolo River outside of Canberra. Image by Greg Brave/Shutterstock

    Although the first wines were planted in the late 1840s, the wine industry went into decline and didn’t re-emerge until the 1970s. There are now around 140 vineyards in Canberra and more than 40 cellar doors spreading across areas including Canberra, Hall, Murrumbateman, Yass, Bungendore, Lake George, Wamboin, Gundaroo and Collector.

    The Canberra District covers a large geographical area made up of three distinctly topographical areas. Despite the name all but two of the local wineries are located in NSW. Each is within a 35-minute drive from Canberra’s city centre.

    Canberra wineries. Image courtesy Visit Canberra and TravMedia

    A pleasant 30-minute drive along the Barton Highway brings you to picturesque Murrumbateman, a former gold mining town, where you can enjoy rural scenery, soak up the ambience of village life and sample regional produce at cosy cafes and old school pubs. The town of Murrumbateman is home to around 15 wineries, where wines of international acclaim are crafted. Cellar doors range from rustic family affairs to sleek and modern.

    Bungendore, Wamboin, Gundaroo, Lake George and Collector
    Along the Federal Highway to the north of Canberra, the Lake George vignerons tend to their cool climate vineyards and wines. There are a number of award-winning restaurants and great wine bars in and around the historic villages of Gundaroo and Collector. The high altitude wineries around the historic town of Bungendore and Wamboin offer scenic outlooks with cool climate wine tastings.

    Canberra city scape. Courtesy Pixabay

    How you can sleep close to the vines

    Canberra’s best hotels

    • Ovolo Nishi – designer driven chic
    • Hyatt Hotel – the grand dame loaded with Gatsbyesque charm
    • Hotel Realm – funky and five-star think soaring atrium, sculptures, lap pool, spa and sauna
    • QT – political themes with cutting edge contemporary styling
    • Hotel Kurrajong – art deco and former home to several PMs
    • Little National – stylish and affordable with free access to five star facilities at the sister property across the road
    • East Hotel – quirky and modern

    For more travel inspiration head to visitcanberra.com.au

    Hilton Melbourne to open in March 2021

    Melbourne. courtesy Pixabay

    Melbourne’s heritage-listed Equity Chambers has been transformed into Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street (Hilton Melbourne LQS). Located in the heart of the city, the elegant upscale hotel has been designed by Australian architecture studio Bates Smart and will open at midday on Monday, 22 March 2021.

    Built in 1931, Melbourne’s Equity Chambers was renowned for its architectural style and Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing. In its reimagining as Hilton Melbourne LQS, the building’s old world-charm has been respected and original features restored, whilst connecting a modern six-level extension with a 16-level tower to the historic site.

    Within its historic walls, the old and new have been cleverly combined, with sandstone, European Oak and bronze materials, creating a traditional yet modern palette against the backdrop of grand high ceilings, marble stone finishes and upholstery in hues of navy, taupe and royal blue.

    Outside the Hilton Melbourne. Image courtesy the Hilton and TravMedia

    Luci and The Douglas Club
    Entered from the bustling thoroughfare of Bourke Street, Hilton Melbourne LQS’s Luci restaurant and The Douglas Club cocktail bar carry their own entrance independent of the hotel’s laneway lobby, and are anticipated to be welcome new additions to Melbourne’s world-class dining and drinking scene.

    At Luci, Executive Chef Sam Moore will take inspiration from the European migrants who travelled to Melbourne in the 1950s, with his classic modern Australian menu, accented with hints of Italian and European culinary traditions.

    The Douglas Club will celebrate the energy and glamour of the golden age of travel through its contemporary take on a classic cocktail bar. The drinks menu will bring together classic, modern and infamous cocktails, with food, music and art, to make The Douglas Club a new hotspot for Melbourne.

    Hotel facilities and amenities

    Hilton Melbourne. image courtesy of the Hilton and TravMedia

    To complement the 244 stylish guest rooms and suites and food and beverage outlets, Hilton Melbourne LQS will offer a large balcony event space with city skyline views featuring a mural by Kitt Bennett; seven meeting and event spaces that range in size from 24 to 143 square meters equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology; and a fully equipped gym.

    Located on the corner of Bourke Street and Little Queen Street the hotel is in the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant art, theatre and dining precincts, and on the doorstep of the city’s key business districts with easy access to public transport.

    Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is located at 18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

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