Kate Sturgess Joins as Assistant Winemaker at Brokenwood Wines

Brokenwood Wines announced the name of its new Assistant Winemaker this week, following the appointment of Senior Winemaker Stuart Hordern. Kate Sturgess, the newest addition to the winemaking team at Brokenwood, will join as Assistant Winemaker at the beginning of August, moving from her current role at Balnaves of Coonawarra. “With the appointment of Stuart … Continued

July 2, 2015

Australian Wine Needs to Be More Competitive Globally

Wine Australia has released its five year Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, addressing the need for Australian wine to become more competitive on the global market. The plan will see the organisation invest approximately $35 million annually into developing Australia’s wine and grape business internationally. Specifically, the money will go towards research and development, building markets, … Continued

July 1, 2015

Cider and Wine Blend Pip & Seed

Jacob’s Creek has created a new product that combines wine with cider. Using white grape and apple juice, Pip & Seed according to the brand offers a lighter and cleaner style of cider that’s not as sweet as most. To produce the new release, Jacob’s Creek Winemaker, Rebekah Richardson used her knowledge of winemaking to … Continued

June 29, 2015

Mud House Central Otago 2014 Pinot Noir

Cleighten Cornelius, winemaker for the Mud House brand in New Zealand, was in Australia last week to celebrate the arrival of the latest vintage release of their Central Otago Pinot Noir. Mud House has been producing this flagship wine for ten years now and each year the wine just keeps getting better, receiving numerous accolades … Continued

June 25, 2015

Foley Wines Welcomes MW Alastair Maling

Foley Family Wines has appointed Master of Wine, Alastair Maling, as its new Chief Group Winemaker/Head of Viticulture. Based in New Zealand, Mr. Maling was also previously head of winemaking at Villa Maria. Now based at Foley Wines, he will oversee winemaking and viticulture for Foley’s wineries including Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards, as well … Continued

June 24, 2015

Roche Group Renames Tempus Two Cellar Door in the Hunter Valley

Visitors to the Hunter Valley may have been left puzzled last week after signage at the Tempus Two Cellar Door was replaced with a Roche Estate masthead. While this may be the first time many have heard of the new name, Roche Group in fact purchased the property from Australian Vintage back in 2009. Also … Continued

June 22, 2015

Hardys Heritage Reserve Bin New Releases

Distributed by: Accolade Wines RRP: 2014 vintages $29.99 and 2013 vintages $39.99 A number of new multi-regional blends have been added to Hardys’ Heritage Reserve Bin (HRB) range. Wines in the range aim to showcase the result of combined fruit from across Australia, a method first coined by young Thomas Hardy in 1865, when he … Continued

June 18, 2015

Yalumba Launches New Website

Wine company, Yalumba has launched its new website this week. The revamped homepage has been updated with a range of innovative visuals, including video and photography, taking viewers behind the scenes of the Barossa Valley homestead. Working with creative agency Kojo and website developers Spook & Puff, the new content looks to showcase all that … Continued

June 17, 2015

Australia Wins Five International Trophies at Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is renowned for being the largest and most influential wine competition globally, results providing a trusted and comprehensive list of wine recommendations and international stockists from around the world. This year the awards received a record number of 15,929 entries from 48 countries, and out of the 35 international trophies awarded, … Continued

June 16, 2015

Taylors Wines Announces Major Sponsorship of the Wallabies

Taylors Wines has announced a new partnership with the Wallabies, which will see the brand act as the official wine sponsor and supplier for all major matches and events over the next three years. The South Australian family winery announced its partnership with the Rugby Union team last week with Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver and … Continued

June 15, 2015