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The founders of the Margaret River School of Wine, Dina and John Smith, are selling the wine education business after more than 16 years.

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The founders of the Margaret River School of Wine, Dina and John Smith, are selling the wine education business after more than 16 years.

Mrs Smith says the business has a great potential for growth but has become too busy for the couple to run.

“I have been holding back the development of the school of wine but I know it is ready to get bigger,” she says.

Mrs Smith has been a wine educator since 1977, is a practising member of the Australian Society of Wine Education.

She has written The Margaret River Wine Etiquette Guide and The Cellar Door Wine Guide of Margaret River as well as both introductory and advanced wine appreciation courses for the Margaret River Wine Industry Association.

Mr Smith started to work with Margaret River wines in the early 1970s and now runs a home-based winery, producing small batches of wines in super-premium category.

The Margaret River School of Wine holds a special exemption licence for education and training, with Liquor Licensing WA, meaning venues are automatically licensed during courses, which can be held anywhere.

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The home of Margaret River footy club the Hawks, Gloucester Park, will host the foodie festival, Experience Margaret River, for the second year running.

Along with producers of wine, beer, cheese, lamb, veal and olive oil, renowned chef Nigel Harvey from Voyager Estate will prepare tastings of Wagyu beef and Amelia Park beef.

Local artworks and craft will be also be displayed.

The entry cost is of $25, which includes a wine glass and all tastings.

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