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Wine-lovers at yesterday's Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival helped fund an important wine exchange between two of the world's great pinot noir regions, organiser of the event Promote Dunstan said.
It signed an agreement yesterday with the Central Otago Winegrowers Association to put $1500 of the festival's proceeds each year towards the travel expenses of the Central Otago participants in the Central Otago Burgundy Exchange.
The exchange is now in its 11th year. Several people from Burgundy's wine industry come to Central Otago for its wine harvest each year, and up to four Central Otago people travel to Burgundy for its harvest in August and September.
Promote Dunstan member Karin Bowen said the exchange was fostered closer relations between the two regions and enhanced the careers of those who took part.
''We see it [donating the money] as a really neat way to develop our local winegrowers' experience in their chosen career. It's a nice way to give something back to the community.''
Central Otago Winegrowers Association general manager Glenys Coughlan said the association was grateful to Promote Dunstan for its ''expansive view of the world'' and generosity in donating the money.
About 4000 people attended the annual Clyde festival, which was slightly more than last year.
The festival featured dozens of wineries and food and craft stalls and live music.