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40 YEARS OF HITTING THE SWEET SPOT

Posted: May 15, 2022

DE BORTOLI’S iconic Noble One dessert wine is celebrating 40 years of continued success. Since its first release in 1982, Noble One has been awarded over 182 trophies and 505 gold medals globally. It is one of the most awarded…

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TAHBILK CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Posted: May 15, 2022

ALISTER Purbrick is standing down as head of Tahbilk – Victoria’s oldest family-owned winery. And Tahbilk has gone outside the wine industry to appoint a replacement. Tahbilk, established in 1860, has been owned and operated by the Purbrick family since…

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AFTER ISO BENEFIT FROM A BREW

Posted: May 15, 2022

AFTER being isolated from the rest of the world, Western Australia welcomed its first international and interstate arrivals in March. Visitors can now check out the new Gage Road Brewing facility in hip and happening Fremantle, the port city just…

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SEE THE SCENIC RIM

Posted: March 15, 2022

QUEENSLAND’S Scenic Rim region Scenic Rim was named by global travel authority Lonely Planet as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2022. Food and wine lovers can pencil in Scenic Rim Eat Local Week from June 25 to…

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CALABRIA’S A LEGEND

Posted: March 15, 2022

BILL Calabria AM has been recognised as the 2021 Riverina Legend at the Riverina Wine Show. Second-generation winemaker Calabria, who once fought as a professional boxer, has been a notable figure in the Riverina since first working for the family’s…

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PATRITTI’S NEW TASTING ROOM & EVENTS SPACE ARRIVES

Posted: January 11, 2022

IT is 95 years since young Giovanni Patritti boarded a ship in Genoa, Italy, bound for an unknown future in Australia. Today, the wine brand that bears his name has just opened a new tasting room and events space in…

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FIVE STAR TASMAN LOCALE

Posted: January 11, 2022

HOBART will have a new five-star hotel and a new drinking venue with the opening of the Tasman Hotel, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection. The Tasman will be the first Australian showcase of the Luxury Collection brand; a global collection…

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SOFITEL’S GOURMET ADELAIDE OFFERING

Posted: January 11, 2022

ADELAIDE’S newest gourmet destination is Garçon Bleu. With elevated city views from its location on level nine of the new Sofitel Adelaide, the 90-seat restaurant aims to serve accessible French cuisine. Garçon Bleu’s dining room boasts an open kitchen, an…

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MARLBOROUGH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Posted: November 20, 2021

COVID has certainly severely tested the patience of event planners. While the 2021 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival had to be cancelled, Wine Marlborough is taking the leap for 2022, announcing that the 36th festival will be held Saturday 12th…

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COMMITMENT TO ZERO CARBON

Posted: November 20, 2021

CLARE Valley-based Taylors Wines has become the first independent Australian winery to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the Paris Agreement. Taylors – known as Wakefield Estate in Europe – today announced its further commitment to environmental sustainability…

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A BREEZY STAY IN THE VINES

Posted: November 20, 2021

LOOKING to stay somewhere different in a vineyard setting? Set on the picturesque Mitchelton Estate with stunning bush and vineyard views, you will find five full-sized Airstream RVs that offer a comfortable stay for guests all year-round. The Mitchelton Airstream…

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A MIGHTY ENDEAVOUR

Posted: September 15, 2021

THE craft drinks business is booming, and fast-moving Mighty Craft has announced the acquisition of Adelaide Hills Distillery, Mismatch Brewing, Hills Cider and the Lot.100 venue. Mighty Craft managing director Mark Haysman announced the purchases of the businesses and the…

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TRUE EARTH FOR JAMIE DURIE & TAMBURLAINE

Posted: September 15, 2021

TAMBURLAINE Organic Wines has announced a collaboration with gardening expert and environmentalist Jamie Durie to create a small batch of wines called True Earth Collective. The limited releases are from organically certified vineyards, but also come with extra benefits. “We’re…

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HARD TO BEAT

Posted: September 15, 2021

FOR a real family wine tasting experience, it is hard to beat Scarborough Wines in the Hunter Valley. Not only are three generations of the Scarborough family actively involved, but the tasting room is in the old family homestead on…

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SEEING DOUBLE

Posted: May 4, 2021

BEC Hardy Wines has announced a new winemaker: Bec Swincer. Swincer brings with her over two decades of winemaking experience. Bec Hardy, the great-great-great granddaughter of Thomas Hardy, known as the ‘Father of South Australian wine’ took the reins from…

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ORLANDO BACK ON BOTTLESHOP SHELVES

Posted: March 4, 2021

FAMOUS Australian wine brand Orlando is back on bottle shop shelves with two ranges, The Legends and The New Heroes. Under the hand of chief winemaker Ben Thoman, the new Orlando portfolio features regionally focused wines that showcase the best…

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COLES SUPPORTS SHINGLEBACK BIO-FRIENDLY WINES

Posted: March 4, 2021

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Banrock Station, the team from Shingleback in McLaren Vale has just launched its new “The Bio Project” range of wines for Coles. The Bio Project, which has included 200 volunteers, represents Shingleback’s ongoing commitment to…

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TRIO TAKEOVER FOX CREEK

Posted: March 4, 2021

THREE wine industry friends and colleagues have snapped up McLaren Vale wine producer Fox Creek Wines. Ben Gibson, Jock Harvey and Dim Georgiadis are the trio of new owners. Gibson has held a broad cross section of wine industry roles…

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WOMEN SHINE ON VIRTUAL STAGE AT THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN WINE AWARDS

Posted: January 18, 2021

THE winners of the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards, owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, have been announced via a live, fun-filled broadcast to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community,…

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Our new MW!

Posted: January 18, 2021

INNOVATIVE Sydney and Brisbane hotel group, Solotel, has announced that Group Beverage Manager, Annette Lacey, has become a Master of Wine, one of only two Australians in the latest group of MW’s and one of 143 women in the institute’s…

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STRONGER TOGETHER

Posted: January 18, 2021

A GROUP of leading Tasmanian wine brand owners have formed a partnership, together with a locally based marketing specialist, to launch online wine sales platform Wines of Tasmania. Each month, a selection of exceptional, rare, and hard-to-find wines from Tasmania’s…

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CELEBRITY STATUS SELLS WINE

Posted: December 1, 2020

CELEBRITY helps to sell wine. Just ask Greg Norman, Kylie Minogue, or Graham Norton. All have enjoyed success adding their names to wine brands. Actor Sam Neill actually makes his own wines. Now celebrity chef Matt Moran is joining in,…

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HISTORIC VENUE EXPANDS

Posted: December 1, 2020

THE historic Knappstein Wines site in the Clare Valley is en-route to being one of the snazziest cellar door facilities in South Australia. The first of three newly renovated cellar door venues on the heritage-listed site has just been launched…

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SERIOUS ABOUT SPORT AND WINE

Posted: December 1, 2020

FORMER Australian rugby internationals Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell are getting serious about the wine business. The trio recently launched a wine range that plays tribute to their time in the Wallabies’ backline with each wine being crafted…

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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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