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Message in the bottle.....

When Wine Rises from the Ashes

October 28, 2014

In the international arena, the Yarra Valley is regarded as one of the true premium wine producing areas, but on the 7th February 2009 it suffered one of the worst natural disasters Australia has seen.  In searing temperatures reaching over 46C and winds over 100kmh the firestorm which engulfed the towns of Steels Creek and Kinglake destroyed over 1200 homes and, horrifically, was responsible for the loss of 120 lives.   It also engulfed the area all around and mere feet from Bob and Diane Curtis' vineyard at Yileena Park, a boutique vineyard which was just establishing a wonderful reputation in the area. "2009 was a catastrophic year for us," remembers Bob, "we lost all our crop to the Black Saturday fires."   But in a remarkable story of friendship and Australian spirit,...

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McLaren Vale - Five to the power of One

October 22, 2014

At only 45 mins drive from the centre of Adelaide the McLaren Vale is not only a world renowned wine region boasting some of Australia’s finest Shriaz, Cabernet Savignon and Chardonnay, it is also very convenient! The wonderful rolling foothills, ocean view and fabulous community atmosphere of region is the culmination of five subregions (McLaren Flat, Willunga, Seaview, Blewitt Springs and Sellicks Foothills).  This diversity of terrior means that a significant amount of variety is displayed within the wines and should you be lucky enough to visit some of the eighty eight cellar doors which now dot the region, you will be able taste this for yourself. It was farming however, not grapes, which first identified the Vale as a...

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