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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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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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Sarah Jessica Parker, of Sex in the City fame

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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