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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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