Melanie Chester

Melanie Chester from Bendigo’s Sutton Grange Winery has been awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Young Gun of Wine awards.

Ms Chester, who has worked at the winery since 2015, aims to make sure the wine is there for everyone to enjoy and share.

“Our wines are grown and made to be shared and enjoyed with the people you love,” she said.

The awards require wine makers to submit what they believe to be their two best wines and the favourites are chosen by the public during two tastings in Melbourne and Sydney.

“To know that people enjoy our wines enough to buy a bottle and share it with the people they love is really satisfying,” Ms Chester said.

The Sutton Grange Winery will be one that will be opening its doors for the Bendigo Winegrowers Barrel Tasting Weekend, held on July 7 to 8.

Bendigo Winegrowers Association president Wes Vine says the weekend aims to give the public the chance to taste wine straight from the barrel and meet the local wine makers.

“Barrel Tasting Weekend gives you a taste of mature wines that will make their way in the bottles in the next six to 18 months,” Mr Vine said.

Other participating wineries include BlackJack, Connor Park, Sandhurst Ridge, Balgownie Estate (Saturday only) and Killiecrankie.

The tasting sessions will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at no cost, but bookings are essential.

Call the winery you wish to visit to make a booking or make a day out of it and visit more than one.

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