Horsley Wine Tasting Festival to be held in November

Good drop: Bob and Sam Kerfoot are looking forward to the upcoming home Wine Festival at the Horsley Homestead. Picture: Simon Bennett
Good drop: Bob and Sam Kerfoot are looking forward to the upcoming home Wine Festival at the Horsley Homestead. Picture: Simon Bennett

Sam Kerfoot said the secret to making good wine is love.

"And patience," he said. "The whole process takes a couple of months - you have to pick your grapes, crush them, filter, decanter and move them from one demijohn to the next as part of the refining process to get the sugar level and taste right."

Sam and father Bob are the co-founders of the inaugural Horsley Wine Tasting Festival which will be held at the family's heritage-listed Horsley Homestead in November.

The festival will be showcase 15 of the best local homemade wines, to be judged by a panel of respected winemakers including Drew Stein, Matteo Bruno and Ray Wheeler. A judge's choice and people's choice winner will be awarded.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Anowah Community Living who provide training, accommodation and day services to adults with an intellectual disability.

"The idea was to showcase the best local homemade wines in the area but also a chance to bring the community together as well," Sam said.

"We wanted to keep the whole festival community-orientated so we chose a local charity with close ties with the community."

The festival, which received a donation from the Mayoral Community Benefit Fund at last month's council meeting, will also feature live music and food trucks.

"We want it to be a celebration of community and a chance for people to see our heritage-listed building," Sam said.