Queensland Wine - Beyond Expectations

Golden Grove haul in the awards

            BIG WIN: Ray and Sam Castanzo show off their haul of awards from the 2014 Queensland Wine Awards Photo Contributed GOLDEN Grove winemaker Ray Castanzo says the winery’s impressive haul at the 2014 Queensland Wine Awards is due to the hard work the whole team put in year after

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Sirromet Wines boss declares war on Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc

Daily Wine News 28/03/2014 Sirromet Wines owner and founder Terry Morris has declared war on the tidal wave of New Zealand-made Sauvignon Blanc flooding Australian markets. The Gold Coast-based businessman is urging fellow Queenslanders to help turn back the invasion by switching to locally-produced Verdelho as an alternative white wine. “It is time for us...

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Confessions of a Wine Tragic

ADRIAN Tobin’s picturesque vineyard has run at a loss from the day he bought it 14 years ago. “It’s true, we haven’t turned a profit yet,’’ he said, shrugging philosophically.  “It cost us $3000 a week last year to prop it up. Some tell me I’m bloody mad. “I’m just a wine tragic.’’   Tobin, 72,

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Evolution of the Granite Belt wine region

Queensland’s Granite Belt is one of Australia’s most interesting regions, on the face of it much too far north to produce high quality grapes. That it is able to do so is explained by its altitude, over 800m. Its principal viticultural challenges are spring frosts and growing season rainfall of over 500mm – two-thirds of

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Early Start to Granite Belt Harvest.

The Granite Belt’s grape harvest is underway about three weeks early, thanks to the hot weather that has baked Australia this summer. The southern Queensland grape producers might have missed out on the smoke taint damaging grapes in the southern states, but they have had a tough season this year, with hail and frost damaging

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Pleasing Results ASWS for Qld Producers

The Australian Small Winemakers Show held in Stanthorpe yielded a pleasing haul of medals for Queensland producers. From 205 Queensland wines entered 58 received medals. Overall the show received 1409 entries from producers of less than 500tonnes and from all Australian States and New Zealand. Symphony Hill Wines from the Granite Belt received trophies for

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Efforts of Viticulture Pioneers Acknowledged

A special presentation of the Samuel Bassett Award by the Queensland Wine Industry Association was made to Calvin Winks and Preben Jacobsen at the ASWS presentation dinner. The recipients were named at the recent Queensland Wine Awards but this dinner enabled the presentation to be made in person. They were instrumental in the 70’s in 

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