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LEMONS TO LEMONADE, WINE TO GIN

Posted: October 1, 2020

THE 2020 grape harvest for some Canberra wineries was so badly affected by bushfires and smoke taint that no wine could be produced. At Four Winds Vineyard, outside Murrumbateman, Sarah Collingwood, CEO, considered her options. There weren’t many. The grapes…

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POSSIBLE WORKER SHORTAGES FOR COMING HARVEST

Posted: October 1, 2020

THE exceptional 2020 harvest was certainly one silver lining to the covid-19 clouds, but producers now have their attention focused on potential worker shortages in the coming harvest. The industry relies upon the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, in which…

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THE MARC OF A GOOD SANITIZER!

Posted: October 1, 2020

ONE example of the wine industry rising to the current challenge is a Bragato Research Institute (BRI) project for turning grape marc (the stems and seeds leftover from pressing) into hand sanitizer. Awarded NZ$84,700 by the Ministry of Business and…

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A VERY WORTHY WINE!

Posted: October 1, 2020

HAVING fought breast cancer and survived, Coonawarra winemaker, Kate Goodman, is giving back with a wine she hopes will raise $70,000 for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Nikkal 2020 Yarra Valley Rosé was released on September 1 and was a collaboration…

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NEW GEM FOR THE BAROSSA

Posted: August 6, 2020

THE Barossa Valley is to get a 12-storey luxury hotel and day spa that should significantly boost tourism to the region. The hotel, Oscar Seppeltsfield, will be completed by 2022 and will be situated at the historic Seppeltsfield site. No…

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2020 HARVEST – A MEMORABLE VINTAGE!

Posted: August 6, 2020

THERE’S no doubting 2020 is already one for the history books, but for New Zealand winemakers it will also go down as one of the best vintages in recent memory. Whilst there was some variation across the country, for the…

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HAPPENING ORGANICALLY

Posted: August 6, 2020

Organic wine pioneers Tamburlaine Organic Wines have opened a new tasting facility in the historic former Millthorpe General Store in Central Western New South Wales. The opening follows hot on the heels of the multi-award-winning organic winemakers’ expansion in the…

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GENUINE GARAGISTE

Posted: August 6, 2020

ALAN Varney of Varney Wines is a genuine garagiste producer, making some of his wines in volumes of under 100 cases per vintage. While the Entrada range is designed to show off young, approachable, drink-now wines, all three show Iberian…

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GIN NATIVE

Posted: April 23, 2020

MEET a unique gin with authentic Australian flavours. Underground Spirits, the most-awarded distillery in Canberra, has partnered with the Australian National Botanic Gardens to create Ad Crescendum Native Gin. Ad Crescendum, which means “to grow” was created with specially foraged…

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LEGENDARY WATERING HOLE

Posted: April 23, 2020

VICTORIA’S oldest family owned winery and vineyard is celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2020 Tahbilk aims to make a noise about the milestone. Established in 1860 and situated in the Nagambie Lakes region of Victoria, the name Tahbilk means “place…

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NEW ARTISAN OFFERINGS

Posted: April 23, 2020

THE select group of Artisans of Barossa has welcomed two new labels to the fold. Mark Slade and Craig Stansborough from Purple Hands Wines and John and James Lienert from Lienert Vineyards join founder members Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, John…

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COUNTING THE COST

Posted: March 4, 2020

IN the worst Australian bushfire season on record, fires raged across the continent and amid the horror of lost lives, lost houses and livelihoods, came losses, too, for the Australian wine industry. One-third of grape production in the Adelaide Hills,…

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ENJOY THE ALPINE EXPERIENCE

Posted: March 4, 2020

THE Boynton family’s Feathertop winery in the Alpine Valleys region of Victoria is the latest winery to join the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collection. Feathertop Winery is located in Porepunkah and boasts accommodation, a charming cellar door, a variety of…

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FREE AND EASY

Posted: March 4, 2020

BRUNY Island is one of Tasmania’s treasures and two new eco-luxe pods overlooking the water make a perfect escape from the everyday grind. The recently opened Free Spirit Pods were handcrafted from sustainable Tasmanian timbers and fitted out with quality…

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GENERATIONAL CHANGE

Posted: March 4, 2020

THERE has been a changing of the guard at pioneering Clare Valley winery Mitchell, with the third generation of the family now taking over. The change coincides with the release of a new collection of cellar-door wines – Kinsfolk, by…

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COOKING UP A CELEBRATION

Posted: January 9, 2020

SYDNEY Seafood School, one of Australia’s leading providers of hands-on cooking experiences, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a program of new events and guest chefs. The school opened in 1989, with cooking classes hosted by Serge Dansereau (The Bathers’…

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HUME ASSUMES CONTROL

Posted: January 9, 2020

RISING star Corey Hume is the new executive chef at True South Dining Room, the award-winning eatery at the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand. Hume is a former member of the New Zealand National Culinary Olympic team and spent…

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DIRECT FLIGHTS TO OPEN UP THE WEST

Posted: January 9, 2020

MARGARET River has always been one of Australia’s most rewarding wine regions to visit – but also one of the most difficult to get to. From Sydney and Melbourne, it has always meant a three-four-hour flight plus a long drive….

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DUNSFORD AWARDED ‘LEGEND’ STATUS

Posted: January 9, 2020

THERE is nothing unusual about women winemakers, even in the blokey Australian world of wine. Sue Hodder, Vanya Cullen and Louisa Rose are among those at the peak of their profession – and there are dozens more following in their…

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Australia’s TAFE SA nominated for WSET Educator of the Year 2019

Posted: December 12, 2019

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the nominees for one of its most esteemed awards – WSET Educator of the Year, in association with Riedel. The winner will be announced at WSET’s Awards and Graduation ceremony at…

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MINIMUM INTERVENTION FOR MAXIMUM RETURN

Posted: November 8, 2019

ALISTER Purbrick, who owns venerable Victorian winery Tahbilk, has teamed with his son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Lentil Purbrick, to launch a new natural wine label, Minimum. Minimum is designed to focus on minimum intervention wines, natural growing principles and…

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CHINA DEMAND FUELS EXPANSION

Posted: November 8, 2019

SEPPELTSFIELD Wines, one of Australia’s leading wine exporters to China, has boosted its fruit intake by purchasing the 320ha Tanunda Hill vineyard in the Barossa. The purchase brings Seppeltsfield Wines’ vineyard holdings in the region to what it says makes…

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A GROWING FAMILY

Posted: November 8, 2019

TRENTHAM Estate’s popular The Family range of Italian varietal wines has received a make-over, changing the look from the traditional to modern. The collection has been a favourite with consumers since its release in 2005, with just three wines in…

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VINEYARDS AMONG THE WORLD’S BEST

Posted: November 8, 2019

PROBABLY surprising no one who has ever visited Central Otago winery Rippon, a family-owned biodynamic vineyard on the shores of Lake Wanaka, was named the eighth best vineyard in the world and the best in Australasia in the World’s Best…

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MAKING THE MOST OF HERITAGE VALUE

Posted: September 2, 2019

PATRITTI, one of the last surviving city-based wineries in South Australia, has renewed its agreement to produce wine from the world’s oldest commercial urban vineyard. Planted in 1907, the 1ha Marion Vineyard is surrounded by housing and a public swimming…

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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES

Posted: September 2, 2019

ICONIC Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood is the latest addition to the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collection. Brokenwood completed construction of a stunning new cellar door at the end of 2018, featuring circular tasting pods, an expansive outdoor terrace with views…

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SHOWCASING SOUTH COAST FARE

Posted: September 2, 2019

THE picturesque township of Berry on the New South Wales south coast is the venue for the inaugural South Coast Food & Wine Festival. The three-day event (September 13-15) aims to showcase the best the south coast has to offer….

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‘Hints of crushed ants and boot polish’: Tom Elliott finds this wine review particularly laughable

Posted: August 9, 2019

Some wine reviewers make it very complicated when it comes to wine tasting. An wine writer in The Australian has described Penfolds Grange 2015 with an absurd list of flavours including “hint’s of crushed ants, coconut ruff, dark plums of perfect…

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GATES OPEN ON GLAMPING SITE

Posted: July 1, 2019

IF you really want to get away from it all then New South Wales bush retreat Turon Gates is an excellent choice. Turon Gates has just added six new riverside, self-catering glamping tents on its 2,500ha property at Capertee on…

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CREATING A LEGACY

Posted: July 1, 2019

TAYLORS’ new $1000 a bottle The Legacy 2014, unveiled in April, contains interesting innovations. A unique, three-pronged sculpture encases the wine, each pillar signed by a representative of each generation. The wine is bottled in a statuesque tapered glass bottle,…

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ONE FOR SWEET TOOTHS

Posted: July 1, 2019

THE Barossa Valley has welcomed a new cellar door for chocolate lovers. Barossa Valley Chocolate Company is the first combined chocolaterie and cellar door in South Australia’s most famous wine region. Located in the heart of the Barossa just outside…

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women in the Australian wine industry

PUSH FOR MORE WOMEN

Posted: May 2, 2019

THE Australian wine community now has a Diversity and Equality In Wine Charter which all grape and wine producers are being encouraged to sign on to. The aim of the charter is to create an inclusive industry where all participants…

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INVIVO IN THE CITY?

Posted: May 2, 2019

THE dynamic team at Invivo Wines is clearly not content just to sit back and enjoy its recent record-setting crowdfunding capital investment offer (which raised over $NZ4 million, $A3.8 million, from 687 investors in just over a fortnight) not to…

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Yalumba Samuel's Collection

HONOURING A SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE

Posted: May 2, 2019

YALUMBA has unveiled a new regional wine range in tribute to company founder Samuel Smith. Yalumba launched Samuel’s Collection; described as “the gateway to Yalumba’s premium wine portfolio” in March. It is 170 years since Smith planted his first vines…

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Chalmers Project

NEWCOMERS MAKE THEIR MARK

Posted: May 2, 2019

FALANGHINA? Nero di Troia? Piedirosso? All are new releases from the Chalmers vineyard at Merbein outside Mildura, all are from the 2018 vintage and all are first releases of the grape varieties in Australia. The wines are part of the…

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PIKES SETS A NEW STANDARD

Posted: March 1, 2019

LEADING Clare Valley winery Pikes has opened a new state-of-the-art art tasting room and sophisticated new restaurant – Slate. The restaurant and tasting room operate side-by-side in a dramatic new building which blends contemporary design with the traditional materials and…

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Wither Hills Celebrates 25 years

Posted: March 1, 2019

MARLBOROUGH winery Wither Hills turns 25 this year, growing from a few hundred cases in 1994 to a global brand that has won innumerable awards, hosted royalty (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2014) and been recognized as one…

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SELLING THE HUNTER

Posted: March 1, 2019

THEY call themselves the Hunter Gathering and they include some of the most familiar faces in the Hunter Valley wine industry. With the Hunter struggling to gain gatekeeper attention time in the face of “natural” wines and cool-climate offerings, the…

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WRIGHTS IN CHARGE

Posted: March 1, 2019

HUNTER Valley restaurant stalwarts Andrew and Janet Wright are the duo behind the two dining offerings – the Wood Restaurant and Cru Bar + Pantry – at the new Brokenwood cellar door complex in the Hunter Valley which opened late…

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FOSSICKING FOR FINE FARE

Posted: January 10, 2019

A NEW premium Tasmanian gourmet touring experience combining the best of Hobart and Bruny Island has been launched. Feast and Fossick offers two unique tours – the two-day Hobart Fossick, and two-day Bruny Fossick – each combining premium Tasmanian food…

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BREAKING GROUND

Posted: January 10, 2019

LEADING McLaren Vale winery Wirra Wirra has unveiled a hotel development partnership that breaks new ground for wineries in South Australia. Wirra Wirra will pair with developers Greaton on a project to build the first five-star accommodation of its scale…

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CELEBRATING A FAMILY AFFAIR

Posted: January 10, 2019

ONE of the unsung heroes of Australian wine has been recognised after two of Coonawarra’s most famous families – the Balnaves and Redmans – released their new joint venture: the 2016 William Wilson Coonawarra Shiraz Cabernet. The limited-edition, $300-a-bottle “traditional…

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MAKING THE MOST OF REGIONAL DOMINANCE

Posted: January 10, 2019

THE Adelaide Hills is fast becoming the go-to wine region for super-premium quality wine grapes, something long-time Hills winemaker Nepenthe is capitalising on with the launch of its new Apex range. But what grape varieties made the cut? The Hills…

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PAXTON’S NEW LOOK

Posted: November 2, 2018

LEADING McLaren Vale organic and biodynamic wine producer Paxton Wines has unveiled refreshed label designs for the first time in 15 years. Paxton has worked closely with Parallax Designs in Adelaide on the project, which had three core objectives –…

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GLAMPING IN STYLE

Posted: November 2, 2018

QUEENSLAND’S first winery glamping experience is a 30-minute drive south of Brisbane at Sirromet Wines Estate. Sanctuary by Sirromet features 18 safari-style glamping tents on a 8ha property among the natural flora and wildlife. Family-owned Sirromet Winery, known for helping…

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FOODIE PRECINCT TAKES OFF

Posted: November 2, 2018

KENSINGTON St, with a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars, has quickly emerged as one of Sydney’s hippest new dining precincts. While the suburbs may be snoozing early in the week, Kensington St’s eateries and drinking holes are doing…

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BARNES UNVEILS HOTEL PLANS

Posted: November 2, 2018

THE Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s most popular wine regions, is set to get a new luxury hotel. Entrepreneur Martyn Barnes has signed a management agreement to badge his new Yarra Valley property as voco, the IHG group’s new upscale…

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REWARDED FOR SERVICE

Posted: September 1, 2018

TWO leading Australian winemakers have been awarded honours in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Iain Riggs, long-time Brokenwood Wines chief winemaker and managing director was named as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service…

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GODFREY DELIVERS

Posted: September 1, 2018

WHEN long-time Penfolds fortified winemaker James Godfrey was given the go ahead to create a series of new fortifieds, his brief was quite specific. “It had to be good, it had to excite and had to surprise,” recalls Godfrey. He…

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MAKING TRACKS

Posted: September 1, 2018

INNOVATIVE Passing Clouds at Musk, outside Daylesford, will soon be the first winery in Australia to have a train pulling in to its own station. A collaboration between Passing Clouds and Spa Country Railway, co-funded by Regional Development Victoria’s Wine…

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