Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

Travel Agenda: Snow Season Opening Weekend in Victoria; A Taste of Spain; Robert Mondavi's charity festival


Winter might be slipping from memory, but in Australia the ski season is just getting under way. The Snow Season Opening Weekend in Victoria kicks off three months of skiing, snowboarding and wintry activities in resorts including Mount Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Baw Baw (skivic.com).

This week

Pata negra ham, paella, padrón peppers – these are just a flavour of Spain's gastronomic heritage. And tomorrow on Regent Street in London, you can enjoy A Taste of Spain at this one-day event with food, live music and dance (atasteofspain. co.uk). Around the corner on Oxford Street, John Lewis is offering free Holiday Snaps Workshops this summer in the audio-visual department (johnlewis.co.uk). Also in the capital, Chris Bradley, guidebook author and founder of specialist tour operator Simoon Travel, will be sharing his expert tips on travel to Libya at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday (rgs.org/travel).

In the diary

The pioneering winery of Robert Mondavi in California's Napa Valley stages a charity festival from 3-24 July, with concerts from the Afro-Cuban All Stars and more, plus wine-tasting (robertmondavi.com).