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Bob McLean - Wine Maker and Barossa Hero

Vale Bob Mclean 1948-2015 Wine Maker and Barossa Hero. More

Monday, April 13, 2015

Barossa Wine Growers Auction

The Barossa Wine Chapters Auction opens today and will reach its climax Friday April 17 – on the final day of the 2015 Barossa Vintage Festival. You can be part of the excitement by bidding online – or by attending the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction & Lunch on April 17 and bidding in person at the culmination of the event at the live auction – with final bids to be taken on a range of marquee wines and other important lots. More

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate wine region. Located approximately 45 kilometers east of Melbourne’s CBD, this large wine region is really a patchwork of meso-climates. More

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Barossa Wine Chapters Auction and Lunch

Tickets are selling fast for the Barossa Valley's biggest event of the year - the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction and Lunch on Friday April 17. More

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Barossa Valley: Discover Australia's most famous wine region

If you ask wine-drinkers overseas to name one Australian wine region, inevitably the Barossa Valley will be the first one mentioned and with good reason. Long considered the engine room of the Australian wine industry, the Barossa Valley has built its reputation on big bold Shiraz. While this is still the main-stay of the region, the Barossa Valley is in fact a multi-faceted region, offering a diverse array of varieties and styles, many championed by smaller artisan winemakers. More

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Hammer Highlights

With 13 auctions during February, there were plenty of highlights this month at auction. More

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yabby Lake Hat-Trick

Back in 2013, Yabby Lake Block 1 Pinot Noir 2012 was the first Pinot Noir ever in the trophy’s 52 year history to take out the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, beating out a huge number of top red wines from around the country. More

Friday, February 13, 2015

Spotlight on Shiraz

It’s difficult to believe, but there was a time before Australian wine was synonymous with Shiraz. It can be argued that if it wasn’t for the international fame surrounding Penfolds Grange, those outside of Australia may not have ever heard of Shiraz. In an era before Australian Shiraz became a global sensation, the grape was known primarily as Syrah and the wines of the Northern Rhone the sole international benchmark. More

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chardonnay Revival - The Return of the Great White

Fashion in wine is part and parcel of the fabric of the wine trade. From occasionally obscure beginnings, a trend will sweep through, fed enthusiastically by wholesalers, warmly embraced by sommeliers and retailers and fervently fanned by the broader wine press. More

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Prestige Cuvées - The Ultimate Champagne Experience

In the world of Champagne, Prestige Cuvées symbolize the ultimate in luxury. Made to the highest of standards, these precious bottles offer wine lovers the pinnacle Champagne experience. So what sets these cuvées apart from a Champagne House's regular offerings and does the experience match up with the luxury price tag? More

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Brief History of Penfolds

Penfolds is steeped in a unique culture handed down by generations of winemakers. It all began in 1844 with Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, who established a vineyard at Magill Estate near Adelaide. More

Friday, November 28, 2014

The story of Penfolds Grange

The story of Penfolds Grange is an intriguing tale of one man's vision against almost insurmountable odds. Max Schubert was a winemaker who spent his war years fighting with Australian forces in North Africa. When he returned to Adelaide, South Australia's garden capital, he rejoined the family company Penfolds, a business managed like an army battalion. More

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Jimmy Watson Trophy - An Australian Institution

Famous, coveted and often controversial, the Jimmy Watson Trophy is the most celebrated award in Australian wine. Despite the proliferation of major wine shows and trophies, none have the power or market traction of the Jimmy Watson. So who was Jimmy Watson and why is the trophy now an Australian Institution? More

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Grower Champagne - The New Artisans of Champagne

Has Champagne become the most dynamic winemaking region in France? If the wave of artisanal grower Champagnes entering the market is anything to go by, it certainly appears to be the case. For over two centuries, the wine region has been dominated by a small number of well-financed Champagne houses producing iconic brands including Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Krug. More

Monday, November 3, 2014

Spotlight On Mount Mary

Mount Mary commands an almost mythical status among wine collectors. The property was first purchased by Dr.John and Marli Middleton in 1971, with the original vineyard planted in 1972. It was one of the first vineyards planted in the resurgence of the Yarra Valley as a wine region. More

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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