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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Ballandean Estate Big Winners at 2013 Qld Wine Awards

The Ballandean Estate 2012 Saperavi  was awarded the Trophy for the Champion Alternative Variety Red White and went on to be awarded the Champion Wine of the Show.  Ballandean Estate NV Liqueur White Muscat was awarded the Champion Fortified Wine. Adding to these were trophies for  Queensland Viticulturist of the Year, Angelo Puglisi, Queensland Winemaker

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Sirromet wins GOLD in Vienna!

Sirromet is proud to announce that they have just won two gold medals in the 2012 Austrian International Wine Challenge! Officially the biggest recognised wine competition in the world, we are excited to have brought home a gold for our 2010 Signature Collection Chardonnay and 2009 Private Collection LM Assemblage, along with 5 silvers and 2 seal

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