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THE AUSTRALIAN WINE STATES

Australia is a New World wine country with attitude! As diverse as it is intriguing, there’s never been a more exciting time for the perception and interrogation of Australian Wine. A bad Aussie brush tainted most with flamboyantly obtuse examples of Chardonnay and Shiraz in the noughties, but FRET NOT! Unique terroir, typography and soil …

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CULLEN Vanya Cullen has been wine making at her family’s Wilyabrup estate since 1983. Cullen Wines while remaining family owned has since evolved making quality wine from a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vanya was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s 2015 Hall of Fame which honours and celebrates Australian female business owners who …

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TYRRELL’S One of Australia’s founding wine families established in 1858, hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Now headed up by 4th generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, they produce some of Australia’s most iconic and awarded wines. Tyrrells’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon is one such wine. This is the pinnacle of one of …

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MR. JAMES BUSBY

February 7th marks the birthday of James Busby, widely regarded as the father of the Australian wine industry. Busby brought vine cuttings from Europe to New South Wales in the 1820’s, and planted a small vineyard in Cabramatta in Sydney’s west. Busby soon published his first book on the subject, A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine and the …

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VEGANUARY!

You may have noticed Veganuary as the buzzword around town this Jan, it’s all the rage. Not limited to food and wine, Vegan products now run the gamut through to soaps and clothes. I’ll admit to enjoying my meat-based products, however it’s easy to spot the virtues and positive impacts of the Vegan way. There is currently …

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MIKE BENNIE – UNDERSTANDING NATURAL WINE IN AUSTRALIA

NATURAL WINES – BUT WHAT ARE THEY? Natural wine in Australia is nothing new. The near 200-year history of grape-growing and winemaking of Australia is riddled with touchstones that sit comfortably under the umbrella of natural wine. Dirt floor wineries, old, large format oak barrels, non-chemical farmed grapes, rudimentary or gentle winemaking practice, lower alcohols, wines …

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