A Tribute to Vale Phillip John

Vale Phillip John sadly passed away this week. Phillip John is remembered for his contribution to the Barossa and Hunter Valleys, as well as Tumbarumba’s growing recognition as a premium chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine region. Most notably, Phillip John is recognised for his early career at Lindeman’s, where he was responsible for one … Continued

February 6, 2015

Leaping Lizard New Releases

Distributed by: Robert Oatley Vineyards (WA) and The Wine Company for all other states. RRP: $15 Leaping Lizard is the sister brand of Ferngrove Wines in Frankland River. The range includes fruit driven wines, expressive of varietal characters and concentration. These wines have been produced from the premium regions of WA and offer impressive depth … Continued

February 5, 2015

Seppelt Salinger Now in Gold

Seppelt Wines is welcoming the new year with the release of its newly designed non-vintage Salinger Premium Cuvee. The new-look Seppelt Salinger NV bottle now features gold labeling, replacing the original black bottle. The new image is aimed at capturing the core female sparkling consumer, while overall hopes to give the product a brighter shelf … Continued

February 5, 2015

Graduates Join Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Pernod Ricard Winemakers announced the successful Graduate Wine Ambassadors from its 2014 program this week. The Ambassadors are the first ever to come from its Graduate Wine Ambassador Program and had to take part in a competitive international recruitment process to be selected. The Graduate Wine Ambassadors hail from Australia, New Zealand and Japan, each … Continued

February 5, 2015

Torbreck Vinters Expands Management Ahead of Expected Growth

The Barossa based wine producer, Torbreck Vinters, has appointed two new members of staff to its senior management team ahead of expected and continued growth for the company. Stuart Barrie joins as the new Marketing and Communications Manager, while Matt Lane comes on as Vice President Americas. Mr. Barrie brings extensive experience in communications to … Continued

February 5, 2015

Nick Waterman Stands as New CEO of Yalumba: Major Staffing Changes to Australia’s Oldest Family Owned Winery Announced

Major changes to staffing at Australia’s oldest family owned winery, the Yalumba Wine Company, were announced this week. Most significantly is the announcement of the change in CEO, which sees proprietor and current CEO of Yalumba, Robert Hill-Smith, step down from the role, instead assuming the role of Chair. Mr. Hill-Smith joined the company 30 … Continued

February 4, 2015

Accolade Completes Acquisition of Grant Burge Wines

Accolade Wines has completed its acquisition of Grant Burge Wines, including the Grant Burge brand, Burge and Rathbone Fine Wine Merchants business and Krondorf Winery. Michael East, Accolade Wines General Manager Asia Pacific, said the company is pleased to now have a base in the Barossa. “We have a major historical presence in McLaren Vale … Continued

February 4, 2015

Drinks Picks: Taylors Estate Range – New Releases

Distributed by: Taylors Wines RRP:$18.95 Taylors Wines has released five new wines from the 2013 and 2014 vintages into its Estate range, including three reds and two whites. The 1973 Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was the first ever wine to be produced on the Taylor family winery and went on to win a gold medal … Continued

January 30, 2015

Yalumba Proprietor Stands as New AFFW Chairman

Robert Hill-Smith, fifth generation descendant of Samuel Smith and proprietor of Australia’s oldest wine company, Yalumba, has been appointed as Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) new Chairman, taking over from Mitchell Taylor, Managing Director and third generation Winemaker at Taylors Wines. AFFW represents 12 of Australia’s leading and oldest Australian families, who since 2009 … Continued

January 30, 2015