By Deborah Jackson, editor National Liquor News

Wine Tasmania has invited Australian wine trade representatives to participate in a wine-focused visit to Tasmania in June 2016.

The two day visitation program is open to people employed in the wine trade, including but not limited to sommeliers, restaurateurs, food and beverage, and retail and wholesale representatives. Applicants must be in a position of authority for wine purchasing decisions and available to travel to Tasmania on Sunday 26 June.

The 10 selected wine trade representatives will taste their way around the island, meeting producers and sampling wines, as well as food, cider and whisky.

Sheralee Davies, CEO Wine Tasmania, said that visiting Tasmania is the best way to experience the island and its wine and to gain an appreciation of its diversity.

“With around 40 per cent of Tasmania’s wine being sold on-island to enthusiastic visitors and supportive locals, visiting is the best way to taste the breadth and diversity of wines available," Davies said.

"This is the third year the trade visitation program has been held, with application numbers growing from 115 in 2014 to 155 last year, and even more interest expected this year."

She added: "The feedback from the trade visitors we have hosted to date has been particularly positive, with more Tasmanian wines appearing on restaurant wine lists and wine retail shelves as a direct result."

Interested trade representatives are invited to submit their interest here by Friday 13 May. A selection committee will review expressions of interest and confirmed participants will be announced by Monday 23 May.

The Shout Team

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