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The Greatest Show on Earth

Posted: May 15, 2022

Pinot Noir is the fourth most crushed grape variety in Australia, behind shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Some data claims that it is the most drunk red wine in restaurants and if this is true it is a great sign...

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Elisabeth King

Newport – America’s Original Seaside Resort Resurges

Posted: May 15, 2022

Several of these plush piles are open to the public and like Highclere Castle in the UK, the home of the fictional Crawleys in Downtown Abbey, they can be hired for weddings and events. THE American seaside resort was invented...

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WINESTATE MAY JUNE 2022 Issue Out Now

Posted: May 15, 2022

This issue we bring you; Wines of the West, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek & Fleurieu, New Releases, North Island New Zealand, NZ Recent Releases. An amazing line up that we hope you will enjoy! To get your latest...

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IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION

Posted: May 15, 2022

WITH A DEDICATION TO QUALITY AND INNOVATION PARACOMBE WINES IS LEADING THE PACK "Paracombe Wines was officially launched in 1992 just before their daughter was due to be born. The brand and the winery have been growing ever since, with...

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TRIUMPH FROM TURMOIL

Posted: May 15, 2022

DOC ADAMS PROVES THEY’RE JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED "The Doc Adams brand began in 2005 when Waters and viticulturalist Jacobs, who’d helped tend the vines since 1998, entered into a partnership, formed a collective of 22 grape growers and...

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OUT OF THE HAZE AND INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Posted: May 15, 2022

WOODY NOOK BLAZES A BRIGHT PATH INTO THE FUTURE "Describing Woody Nook conjures up feelings of romantic nostalgia and odes to a bygone era – where humble beginnings have evolved into a relaxing ease and place of calm." BERLINDA CONTI...

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Seasoning Shiraz

Posted: March 15, 2022

There is a slight growth in producers using the term syrah on Australian wine labels to indicate a pepper or spice approach. That might be useful for consumers so they can pick and choose which style of shiraz from the...

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Elisabeth King

Genoa – The Birthplace of Pesto, Focaccia and Christopher Columbus

Posted: March 15, 2022

Kickstart a food and wine exploration of Genoa in Via XX Settembre, a shopping boulevard lined with local and international fashion brands, which is also home to the city's premier food market, MOG Mercato Orientale. ONE of the most exciting...

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The Road to Greatness

Posted: March 15, 2022

Paulmara Estate’s Journey to Wine of the Year "When I was managing the Barossa growers (for Penfolds) the pinnacle a grower could reach was Grange. I wanted to see how long it would take to plant a vine and get...

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BURGE of the BAROSSA

Posted: March 15, 2022

The Reinvention of Grant Burge "Meshach’s son Percival, Grant’s grandfather, established the Wilsford Winery near Lyndoch in 1928, making fortified wine as was the usual thing in those days. His sons, including Grant’s father, didn’t want to make the change...

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Love at First Sip

Posted: March 15, 2022

A Barossa passion gave birth to Brockenchack Wines "This vineyard really is something special,” Trevor enthuses. “It’s part of what some people refer to as the ‘golden triangle’ and earned us the title of Eden Valley Winery of the Year...

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Playing Amongst The Angels

Posted: January 20, 2022

The magic and mystery of Maison Deutz "We loved to taste the grape must, hide from the workers in the cellars, and play hide-and-seek down there." BJÖRNSTIERNE ANTONSON MY first meeting will be with the timid and elegant Jean-Marc Lallier-Deutz....

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WILD AT HEART

Posted: January 11, 2022

What started with growing grapes has now turned into a Wild Game. "This is a region that’s really gaining traction,” Mary says. “There’s a really high demand for its fruit so most of it will be sold for now. Currently...

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THE VERDICT’S IN

Posted: January 11, 2022

Barristers Block guilty of being a great wine brand! "The combination of fire and pandemic has shown our Barristers Block team to be creative and passionate; strong, resilient and determined to be bigger and better in every way we can....

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The Art of Wine

Posted: January 11, 2022

Embracing alternative varieties and getting it right, Artwine proves that fortune favours the brave. "While all the wines are made in commercial quantities, total production is only around the 10,000-case mark, and the Kellys are intent on remaining boutique in...

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DOING IT DIFFERENTLY IN THE RIVERLAND

Posted: January 11, 2022

THE SUCCESS STORY OF 919 WINES "Over the past thirteen years Eric and Jenny Semmler have rolled up their sleeves and shown that the Riverland can produce small volume, specialist table wines of outstanding quality that regularly steal the golda...

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Wine of the Year ANNUAL EDITION 2022 Issue out Now

Posted: January 11, 2022

It’s time to look a final look back on 2021 before diving into the new year with our Annual (Jan/Feb) Wine of the Year Awards Edition. This issue covers all the highlights of the four, four-and-a-half and five stars reviews…

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Australian regional expression. Fact of fantasy?

Posted: December 9, 2021

The role that soil plays in terroir/regional expression is not as clearly understood as the impact of climate. RECOGNISING regional expression is one of the holy grails in the enjoyments of wine and an aspiration for wine producing countries. Being...

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Elisabeth King

Northern Delights – Wining, Dining and Chilling in Yamba

Posted: December 9, 2021

If you think that's Chris Hemsworth standing at the bar, it might be. The Thor actor often pops in from his palatial home in Byron Bay. EXPERTS are predicting that Australians will continue to holiday at home more even though...

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Fiano calling Australia home

Posted: November 20, 2021

The region famous for fiano is Campania in southern Italy. The grape varieties home is in the province of Irpinia and the Fiano di Avellino DOCG which lies in-land from Napoli, the third largest city in Italy, and its famous...

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Elisabeth King

Come Fly with Me – New Hotels and Resorts Around the World to Benchmark

Posted: November 20, 2021

The travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been stop and start for most of the year. INTERNATIONAL flights from Australia have been grounded for over 18 months. But the rest of the world has been busy opening a...

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PIPERS CALLS THE TUNE

Posted: November 20, 2021

TASSIE DUO A PERFECT SPARKLING MATCH "Kreglinger took majority ownership of Pipers Brook back in 2001 and the winery and cellar door setting could hardly be more striking." WINSOR DOBBIN PIPERS Brook and associated budget brand Ninth Island have been...

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Pol Roger

Posted: November 20, 2021

PERFECTING THE ART OF CHAMPAGNE “There has been evolution, too, in Pol Roger’s winemaking regime: “Not a revolution,” says company president Laurent d’Harcourt, “but with different-sized tanks, temperature control and cold settling, where it used to be more grape by...

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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Posted: November 20, 2021

A SPARKLING EXAMPLE OF A GROWER CHAMPAGNE “For the past decade or so Negociants has been the importer of Gimonnet champagne, one of the larger of the grower champagnes with just over 20,000 cases a year production, and with a...

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EYE ON THE PRIZE

Posted: November 20, 2021

McArthur Ridge’s sight set on a bright future “The previous owners left the legacy of a stunning vineyard set up to the highest standards. We see our next steps as a changing of the guard, with big aspirations to grow...

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WINESTATE SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2021 Issue Out Now

Posted: September 15, 2021

This issue we bring you; Shiraz/Syrah & Blends, Emerging Varietals, New Releases, Semillon & Blends, Limestone Coast & Surrounds, South Island NZ. An amazing line up that we hope you will enjoy! To get your latest issue of Winestate Magazine...

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Elisabeth King

Darwin Delivers – Top End Food and Drink Treats

Posted: September 15, 2021

Other stalwarts of the Darwin dining landscape include Pee Wee’s at the Point, which has clinched the NT restaurant of the year award several times. I RE-KINDLED my affection for Darwin a few years ago and have returned several times...

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NO WOOD NO GOOD

Posted: September 15, 2021

Oak has been used as a storage and transportation vessel for wine for two thousand years. It is fit for purpose, being a watertight wood and strong material for coopers to shape into barrels. NOW that is a contentious title...

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AIMING HIGH

Posted: September 15, 2021

Newcomer Monteperle Wines is already achieving great things. “I just saw there was an opportunity to do something really interesting,” Carapetis says. “It was a ground-up operation and I thought I could help them mould it to something special, to...

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A Dedicated Experience

Posted: September 15, 2021

Tenafeate Creek’s singular focus on a successful future “Production of around 3,000 cases puts Tenafeate Creek in the category of a boutique winery, but the slightly prissy overtones of that term don’t seem relevant to the can-do attitude of the...

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Sanguine Estate

Posted: September 15, 2021

A Recipe for Success “Whilst Sanguine is a comparatively new story, the family do have some important links to the early pioneers of Victorian viticulture.” CLIVE HARTLEY WHEN you get a winery owner that has acute business acumen and a...

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CLAIMING THE LIMELIGHT

Posted: September 15, 2021

Out of the shadows and into the light, previous bulk wine producer CW Wines reaches the top shelf when it comes to their award-winning wines. “Stonehaven will become the cornerstone of our winemaking business, housing and producing our existing portfolio...

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Elisabeth King

Canberra – Wine, Dine and Hunt for Truffles

Posted: August 12, 2021

Thirteen years ago, local truffle farms specialising in the famed black truffles of Perigord started the region's annual Truffle Festival. The event is now synonymous with winter in Canberra for visitors and locals. From June to August, the leading farms...

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PALETTE CHOICE MAKES PALATE SENSE

Posted: August 10, 2021

To enable this inner berry fermentation, you must start with hand picking the grapes so as not to damage them. They must also be healthy with no sign of damage or rot. Once the grapes are received in the winery...

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WINESTATE JULY AUGUST 2021 Issue Out Now

Posted: July 30, 2021

This issue we bring you; Organic & Biodynamic Wines, New Releases, Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge, River Regions, Adelaide Hills, Sweet White & Fortifieds. An amazing line up that we hope you will enjoy! To get your latest issue of Winestate...

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FROM BRASH BEGINNINGS TO FINE WINES

Posted: May 31, 2021

Brash Road Vineyards continue their soaring success story “The altitude of vineyard is what we believe is a key factor in the quality of fruit. While the vines are high on the ridge they are surrounded by Jarrah, Marri and...

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TEMPRANILLO FLYING SOLO

Posted: April 21, 2021

Generally, tempranillo produces medium-bodied wines with soft acidity. It displays fruity black cherry character and has high levels of glycerine which produces a silky texture. TEMPRANILLO has probably more synonyms than any other grape variety. It is Spain’s most popular...

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Elisabeth King

Going for Gold – Eating and Drinking Well in Australia’s Number One Tourist Destination

Posted: April 20, 2021

The area's fast-expanding wine bar scene is the best place to start a week-long journey of discovery. WITH the Federal government's half-price air tickets up for grabs and the arrival of winter, few regions are as alluring as Australia's number...

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THE BRIGHTEST OF OUTLOOKS

Posted: March 12, 2021

MARISCO’S STEPS TO SECURE AND CONTROL THEIR DESTINY "The immediate success of these wines exceeded even Brent’s expectations and it was soon clear they needed more fruit." EMMA JENKINS MW BRENT Marris has never been one to do things by...

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JOURNEY FROM THE OLD COUNTRY TO THE NEW

Posted: March 10, 2021

Pioneers of the Orange wine region in New South Wales, Highland Heritage Estate proves that winemaking is in their blood. "It began with Carmelo D’Aquino, who migrated from the Italian Island of Sicily in 1919. After setting up initially in...

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NEW WINE PRODUCER MAKES AN IMPACT

Posted: March 10, 2021

Mapleton Vineyards might be a relative newcomer to the Tasmanian wine industry but after recently raking in awards it seems they’re set to soar. "Paul and Denis often discussed the idea of planting a vineyard on Mapleton, given its ideal...

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Elisabeth King

HOP ON – A ROAD TRIP TO SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST REGIONAL BREWERIES

Posted: March 10, 2021

Most people think of grapes when talk turns to Mudgee. But the NSW wine region has plenty of beer brewing cred. AUSTRALIA is awash with regional breweries. A road trip using all of a three-month long service leave entitlement would...

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40 TIPS AND TRICKS WHEN PURCHASING, STORING AND SERVING WINE

Posted: March 10, 2021

Some of these may be simple and common sense but others, I hope, will increase your enjoyment of wine. OCCASIONALLY I see some sadly neglected wine in bottle shops, restaurants and in people’s homes. Bottles that have oxidised due to...

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AN ACCIDENTAL SUCCESS STORY

Posted: March 5, 2021

After a rocky start Berton Vineyards continues to go from strength to strength. "By the time they managed a first vintage the vines still looked like rootlings and a friend jokingly named it the bonsai vineyard – a name that’s...

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NOT ONE TO MINCE WINE OR WORDS

Posted: March 5, 2021

Kevin Judd of Cloudy Bay fame garners continued success with his own brand, Greywacke. “The first New Zealand wine I tasted was a muller-thurgau. I still ended up going to New Zealand, despite that first experience.” EMMA JENKINS MW KEVIN...

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GAPSTED: A QUARTER OF A CENTURY ON

Posted: March 5, 2021

As Gapsted Wines hit their silver anniversary, they reflect on where they’ve been and share a taste of what’s to come. "It’s clear that Gapsted is a winery built on vision and an authenticity for heritage, with their eyes focused...

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HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES – SPECIAL WINE OF THE YEAR FEATURED ARTICLE

Posted: January 18, 2021

THE FINE ART OF BLENDING "The qualifying feature for the judges is that the wine must display the very best attributes of the variety it is representing." JOY WALTERFANG YOU may have noticed the winner of this year’s Wine of...

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Elisabeth King

Among the Vines – Wine Stays Close to Home

Posted: January 7, 2021

Foodies will also go overboard in The Bendooley Larder, an artfully arranged "spread" of dishes from the nearby restaurant kitchen and the finest produce courtesy of high-quality local providores. FEW things ramp up the depth of feeling aroused by the...

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Byron Bay – Beer, Bars and Top Class Spirits

Posted: January 7, 2021

The distillers are a tourist attraction in their own right. Jim McEwan, AKA The Cask Whisperer, boasts more than 50 years’ experience and is the only distiller in the world to win the Master Distiller of the Year award three...

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Chardonnay Roots Discovered

Posted: January 7, 2021

When you look at well-established producers, they reflect the historical timelines in planting of what was available at the time. THE Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) issued a press release in August 2020 announcing one of the oldest mysteries in...

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