‘Living the Dream’ with Raidis Estate

Raidis Estate logoEver dreamt of making your own wine? Coonawarra winery, Raidis Estate, is giving its Billy Goat Wine Club Members the chance to indulge in the ultimate winemaker experience. On 18 April 2015, members will gather at the estate to hand select grapes and then have the opportunity to craft a batch of wine to create a ‘Living the Dream’ wine before it’s barrelled. Members will also add their signature to the barrel head and the wine label as one of the official wine makers, and after 12 months will receive a bottle of the wine they have just made.

The day runs from 9:00am to 3:30pm and includes special Greek coffee to start and a feast of food to follow the wine making with matching Raidis Estate wines. The cost is $295 per person but spaces are limited to 20 so book early so you don’t miss out!

This event is an exclusive for Billy Goat Wine Club Members only so you’ll need to join up first, visit www.raidis.com.au or email [email protected] for more information or to book.

Vinteloper takes Project to Melbourne

Vinteloper Wines logoVinteloper will host its successful Urban Winery Project #VUWP, in Melbourne for three nights; 4, 11 and 18 March 2015.

“#VUWP is an initiative that pulls back the curtain on wine production & invites you backstage. Grapes will be transported from the vineyard into the urban space where we will foot crush, ferment, basket press and mature in oak while feasting and imbibing. It aims to demystify wine through interactive demonstration, participation, education and appreciation,” Vinteloper said.

The Adelaide Hills wine label has run the unique wine dinners successfully in Adelaide for the past three years, and this time will provide Melbournians with the chance to experience Vinteloper wines matched with fabulous cuisines catered by Pot & Pan.

The dinners will start at 6pm for wine-making immersion, with the meal served at 7pm.

Tickets are $85 per head and the dinners will be held at Gather & Tailor Warehouse, Unit 4/41-59 Sims St West Melbourne VIC.

For more information visit click here.

Swinging Bridge wins Best Wine of the Show

Swinging Bridge wines logoLeading Orange wine label, Swinging Bridge, has taken out three trophies at the 2014 Orange Wine Show, including the Wine of the Show for its 2013 ‘Mrs Payten’ Chardonnay.

‘Mrs Payten’, which was named after Swinging Bridge winemaker Tom Ward’s grandmother, (now in her 90’s), also took out the trophy for Best Chardonnay and Best White Wine of the Show.

“Whilst we don’t make our wines to win at shows, it is a very proud moment. It gives us pause to reflect on the past few years, and to thank the many helpers and team members who have worked with us in order to get us to this position. The Balmoral Vineyard continually produces fantastic fruit, and it is this fruit that makes our Mrs Payten,” said Swinging Bridge winemaker Tom Ward

Balmoral (850m) is one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in the Orange region and has been the source of some of the most awarded Chardonnays of Orange.

Meanwhile the 2013 Swinging Bridge Sauvignon Blanc was also awarded the trophy for the Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Show.