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VALE WAYNE STEHBENS – WINEMAKER KATNOOK ESTATE COONAWARRA

Posted: November 7, 2017

It is with great sadness that Wingara Wine Group announced the sudden passing of Katnook senior winemaker Wayne Stehbens on Sunday 05 November. Wayne has been an institution on the Coonawarra winemaking scene for more than 38 years and his…

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CLIVE HARTLEY AWARDED NSW LEGEND OF THE VINE 2017

Posted: November 1, 2017

Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has announced this year’s winner of the NSW Legend of the Vine, Clive Hartley. A seasoned author, wine writer, sommelier, wine judge and professional wine educator, Clive Hartley has been a prominent figure in the…

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PICKEN JOINS THE CUBISTS

Posted: November 1, 2017

ONE of the most familiar faces among South Australian sommeliers will be front man for the hi-tech d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren. Josh Picken, who made his name at Orana restaurant in Adelaide and has since worked at the Currant Shed…

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THE REES HOTEL QUEENSTOWN

Posted: November 1, 2017

The Rees Hotel Queenstown and its landmark restaurant True South Dining Room have scooped the pool this year winning awards for excellence for Best NZ Hotel, Best Hotel Chef (Australia, NZ and South Pacific) Best PR for a Tourism Product…

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HOME IS WHERE THE CELLAR DOOR IS

Posted: November 1, 2017

IT is all change at Barossa Valley winery Elderton, where second-generation owners Cameron and Allister Ashmead have opened their family home in Nuriootpa as the wine label’s new cellar door. After a major restoration to the building and surrounding gardens,…

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TASTES TO THAI FOR

Posted: November 1, 2017

DRINKING good wine in Thailand can be problematic for visitors, with many good wines ultra-expensive due to local taxation laws and with poor storage also sometimes an issue. Not so at The Nai Harn, the first luxury resort on Phuket…

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SEEK WINE

Posted: September 27, 2017

A fresh and unprecedented way of buying wine online from the best regions across Australia was recently launched by Federal Agricultural and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce to counter the dominance of major retailers and reflect the shift in consumer…

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LEGEND STATUS

Posted: September 1, 2017

THE 2017 Hunter Valley Living Legend has been awarded to leading viticulturist Ian Tinkler for his significant contribution to the Hunter Valley wine industry for more than three decades. Tinkler worked for the Primary Industry Department and was instrumental in…

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BARONS BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

Posted: September 1, 2017

THE Barons of the Barossa are looking for a further $2 million to complete the community project known as the Barossa Cellar. The project foresees an independent, globally recognised and respected regional wine museum and the Barons already have a…

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GRIS OR GRIGIO?

Posted: September 1, 2017

TWO decades after being begged to plant pinot gris on the Mornington Peninsula by pioneering duo Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy, around 70 per cent of vignerons now grow the grape. The region is regarded as the premier producer of…

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SQUEEZE IN THIS FESTIVAL

Posted: September 1, 2017

THE 2017 Orange Wine Festival will run from October 13-22 in the Central West of New South Wales, with the program now available online. There will be over 80 events featured over the two weekends, including various tastings and dinners….

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POLITICS PLAYED ITS PART

Posted: September 1, 2017

QT Canberra is one of the hippest addresses in the national capital – the latest incarnation of a building that is steeped in Australian political history. This quirky designer hotel celebrates its history and rebirth through bold design, a mix…

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BARONS BOAST FIVE MORE

Posted: June 27, 2017

FIVE new members have been inducted as Barons of Barossa, a wine fraternity in the region which aims to “proudly and enthusiastically support Barossa wine viticulture, gastronomy, heritage and the arts”. The new inductees include Winestate Winemaker of the Year…

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GLOBAL RECOGNITION

Posted: June 27, 2017

NICK Haddow, the inspirational cheesemaker and brewer from Bruny Island Cheese in Tasmania, has won global recognition for his book Milk.Made: A Book About Cheese. How to Choose It, Serve It and Eat It. Published by Hardie Grant Books, the…

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BUILDING ON A SOLID PLATFORM

Posted: June 27, 2017

FOLLOWING on from its inaugural success in 2015, the Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference returned to Marlborough in June. With the themes Liquid, Life and Label, the Conference looked to build on the solid platform it established in 2015, where…

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NEW WESTERN ALLIANCE

Posted: June 27, 2017

VOYAGER Estate, one of the leading destination dining eateries in Margaret River, has a new head chef in Santiago Fernandez, who took over in May. Spanish-born Fernandez joins family-owned Voyager from Sault in Daylesford, Victoria, where he spent five years…

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GAGO ON THE GO

Posted: June 27, 2017

AUSTRALIA’S highest-profile winemaker on the global stage has a new role as South Australia and Adelaide’s Great Wine Capitals’ global ambassador. Penfolds’ Peter Gago adds the role to his already onerous duties with Treasury Wine Estates. The Great Wine Capitals…

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EXPORT BOOM CONTINUES

Posted: April 12, 2017

CHINA continues to boom as Australia’s most valuable wine export market. In 2016, exports to mainland China grew by 40 per cent to a record $520 million. A decade ago, Australian wine exports to China were valued at $27 million….

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CELEBRATING FAMILY

Posted: April 12, 2017

YALUMBA, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, will in May launch a landmark wine that has been 168 years in the making – The Caley Coonawarra & Barossa Cabernet & Shiraz. “The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey seeking…

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FESTIVAL OF FOOD

Posted: April 12, 2017

NOOSA Food & Wine Festival 2017 has unveiled a 70-event program for the four-day festival, which runs from May 18-21. A total of 45 visiting chefs from Australia’s best restaurants will flock to this year’s festival, which will have a…

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CELEBRATING ALL THINGS LOCAL

Posted: March 12, 2017

THE Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed recently celebrated its second birthday but remains something of an insider’s secret for Tasmanians. Just off the main road between Hobart and Port Arthur, the 6200-ha property is a working farm with a vineyard,…

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A ‘NOD’ TO THE EARLY DAYS

Posted: March 12, 2017

THE Taylor family were originally wine negociants rather than winemakers. Patriarch Bill Taylor Sr, who owned hotels and bottle shops in Sydney, worked with South Australian wineries and co-ops to “tailor” house brands for his licensed properties. The publican later…

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BRAND POWER

Posted: March 12, 2017

THE Brand family, who sold the Brands Laira label in 1995, is back in the Coonawarra wine industry with its own label for the first time in over two decades. The Brand family has maintained its position as key vignerons…

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OVER THE RAINBOW

Posted: November 1, 2016

A WEARY look into the early night sky after a long day’s pruning provided the inspiration for a new WA label – Singlefile Wines. Silhouetted on a hilltop against the fading light was a row of geese making their way…

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FROG FUELS FRENCH REVIVAL

Posted: November 1, 2016

JUST over a decade ago a wine revolution occurred in Australian supermarkets. A Frenchman with a sense of humour started selling wines with critter labels to Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores. Featuring a cartoon frog on the label, the wines…

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STAR ROLE FOR CIDER

Posted: November 1, 2016

WHEREVER you go in the world you’ll find wine bars, cocktail bars and bars devoted to artisan beers. Less common are bars with a cider focus like The Cidery Bar and Kitchen in Sydney. The Cidery is one of the…

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RIGGS WINS LEGEND STATUS

Posted: November 1, 2016

IAIN Riggs, the driving force behind Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley and one of the industry’s most passionate advocates, has been named the 2016 NSW Legend of the Vine, by Wine Communicators of Australia. The award was presented at…

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GRAHAM NORTON RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS

Posted: November 1, 2016

He’s trod grapes on the set of his famous show and blended Marlborough sauvignon blanc into an award-winning wine in a London apartment. This year, though, top talk show host Graham Norton and  winemakers Invivo headed to Graham’s own back…

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NEW CHAMPAGNE HOUSE

Posted: September 1, 2016

AROUND 12 months ago, a human whirlwind by the name of Hugues Villemain, a charming, urbane Frenchman, landed in Australia and started to contact wine industry and media folk. Villemain said he was representing a new Champagne house, Brimoncourt, that…

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MAKE IT A MUDGEE GETAWAY

Posted: September 1, 2016

THE COUNTRY town of Mudgee in Central Western New South Wales is a popular weekend destination for lovers of food and wine. And now Mudgee is aiming to lift its profile among gourmets with a new ‘Let’s Skip Town Together’…

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INDUCTED INTO THE ORDER

Posted: September 1, 2016

BROTHER JOHN May, the man who helped transform the Clare Valley wine industry and the fortunes of its Jesuit-run Sevenhill winery, has been admitted as a member in the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to winemaking…

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NEW LOOK NOVOTEL

Posted: September 1, 2016

THERE is a new look to the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort after an extensive refurbishment and the opening of the The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant and Bar. Previously Harrys Restaurant and Bar, the restaurant’s new name and complete interior re-design, supports…

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WORLD CLASS REDEVELOPMENT

Posted: September 1, 2016

ONE OF the world’s leading wine consultants has teamed up with an Argentinian oil and gas billionaire in a multi-million dollar vineyard and winery development in the Barossa Valley. Alberto Antonini, who has been named by both Decanter magazine and…

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QUIET ACHIEVERS

Posted: June 9, 2016

THE Angove family is among the quiet achievers of the Australian wine industry – and the Angoves made very little fuss about the 130th birthday of their business making wines and spirits. Established in 1886 by Dr William Angove, the…

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PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF

Posted: June 9, 2016

KEN HELM, one of the pioneers of the wine industry in the Canberra region, was told the region was far too cold for quality grapes. This year, Helm Wines is celebrating its 40th vintage and is regarded as one of…

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GOURMET DESTINATION

Posted: June 9, 2016

PARKER Street Project is the new lunch and dining option at one of Australia’s most famous gourmet destinations – the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld in Western Victoria. The new offering opened mid-March in the area of the Royal Mail…

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WOMEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Posted: June 9, 2016

THE Australian Women In Wine Awards returns this year to reward the good work of women throughout the Australian wine industry, and champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace. Categories for entrants have been increased, offering acknowledgement…

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DUFFY WINS RECOGNITION

Posted: June 9, 2016

MULTI-talented Tasmanian winemaker Rebecca Duffy, of Holm Oak Wines, has been recognised for her services to primary industry, winning the Tasmanian Rural Women’s Award. Conducted by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), the award recognises the contribution of…

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CELEBRATING LOCAL TRUFFLES

Posted: April 20, 2016

FONTY’S Pool in Manjimup, Western Australia, is the venue for the Truffle Kerfuffle festival, which celebrates the start of the renowned black truffle season in the Southern Forests. The event is a showcase for what is the third most expensive…

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WINES IN THE WILDERNESS

Posted: August 3, 2015

Visitors to Tasmania have a new opportunity to combine a wilderness experience with fine food and wine. Pumphouse Point, a striking 18-room property in the dramatically beautiful and remote Highlands, is a three-hour drive north-west of Hobart in the Cradle…

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PERMANENT LEADERSHIP ROLE

Posted: August 3, 2015

Andreas Clark is the new full-time CEO of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Chairman Brian Walsh announced Clark’s permanent promotion after he served as acting CEO. “We’re pleased Andreas has agreed to continue in this key leadership role,”…

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GOOD TIME CURE?

Posted: August 3, 2015

Is there anything that can effectively cure or prevent a hangover? The spiel for Australian-made HeadsUp is compelling: “Forget the coke and fries on the way home. Bypass the Berocca and the bacon and eggs in the morning. Don’t even…

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TASTE THE DIFFERENCE

Posted: August 3, 2015

Want to know the difference between natural, organic and biodynamic wines and to learn about the philosophies behind all three? A new two-day tour devised by wine educator and freelance writer Daniel Honan focuses on organic, biodynamic and natural wine…

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GO BEYOND THE CELLAR DOOR

Posted: June 10, 2015

Pioneering Margaret River winery Vasse Felix has joined Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia (UWEA), a collection of award-winning wineries offering “beyond the cellar door” experiences, food and wine matching, wine education and gastronomy in spectacular locations. Vasse Felix is known as…

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