MOFFATDALE RIDGE WINERY: Jason Kinsella looking forward to this year's wine festival.
MOFFATDALE RIDGE WINERY: Jason Kinsella looking forward to this year's wine festival. Barclay White

Best wine in years expected at 2016's food and wine festival

JUST one month before the South Burnett's biggest wine festival, winemakers are preparing to roll out some of their best wine in years.

Moffatdale Ridge Winery owner Jason Kinsella said wineries' produce across the region was "looking fantastic".

"We've been pretty fortunate. Things are going really, really well," he said.

In the middle of vintage now, Mr Kinsella predicted 2016 would be the winery's fourth good year in a row.

"The vines are getting older, so they're producing better wine every year," he said.

"This might be our best year if the rain stops now."

Coming off the back of a few good years, Mr Kinsella said it was only the beginning for the South Burnett wine industry.

He said the opening of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba late last year would open the industry up to an international stage.

"Wellcamp will play a significant expansion to further exports and create awareness for our industry," he said.

"I'm a big fan of the airport. Anything that shines a spotlight on the industry and the region is great."

Mr Kinsella said wine regions thrived when brand awareness was created.

"The more we see South Burnett popping up in China and other places, the easier it is for operators to place their products in the marketplace," he said.

The winemaker said he hoped the airport would also increase the number of growers in the region.

"It will be a rising tide for all of us," he said.

Mr Kinsella said the airport meant only good news for South Burnett wineries and the greater South Burnett region as a whole.

The winemaker said he looked forward to celebrating the industry and showcasing his wine at the Wine and Food in the Park Festival next month.

"It's a fantastic event for us to showcase our wines," he said.

"We've got at least the same number of wineries booked, or one or two more, which is great."

The South Burnett's Wine and Food in the Park Festival will be held at Memorial Park in Kingaroy on March 12 from noon-8.30pm.

The entry fee for the event is $20 for people over 18. Children are admitted for free.

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