With borders closed, Australian winemakers raise a glass to the home crowd

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By Stefica Nicol Bikes POKOLBIN, AUSTRALIA (Reuters) – As Australia’s most populous state emerges from a lengthy COVID-19 lockdown, winemakers in its top grape-growing district, the Hunter Valley, have started toasting an influx of guests from travel-starved Sydney. Although the country largely avoided the high pandemic death rates of many other countries, the state of New South Wales, home to a third of Australia’s population, entered one of the world’s longest lockdowns in June as the Delta strain tore through the community. That included bans on people leaving Sydney and the Central Coast t…

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