FUNDING BOOST FOR MIXED DOZEN WINE EXPERIENCE

24/05/2018

International visitor numbers to Limestone Coast wine regions are expected to increase after a unique wine trail proposal received a major federal funding boost.

The Turnbull Government will pour $175,000 from its International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants Program into the project to develop ‘Mixed Dozen Interactive Wine Trails’ that traverse both sides of the SA-Vic border. The funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar with a $125,000 grant from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA and $50,000 of local stakeholder money.

Tourism Industry Development Manager, Biddie Shearing, said it’s the largest amount of funding to be allocated to the region for a single tourism initiative in more than a decade.

“This is a really significant opportunity to expand and enhance our unique wine tourism experiences, and grow the reputation of Australia’s food and wine abroad,” she said.

The Mixed Dozen Interactive Wine Trails will target visitors from China and the USA in particular, and will feature a central consumer tool or website that promotes tailored experiences designed to increase length of stay and maximise tourism expenditure. The initiative was developed by the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council with the support of Wine Australia. Project chair, Peter Bissell, said it’s unique because it will pitch wine producers from two neighbouring states as a combined attraction.

“We have enlisted 12 stakeholders – including all the wine zones in the Limestone Coast plus the Henty and Grampians regions across the border – to join forces to build a digital tool to help attract and disperse international wine travellers across the region,” he explained. “This represents a whole new level of collaboration across the region and with our Victorian neighbours, and we have secured strong support from local government leaders and industry bodies.”

The cross-border partnership will generate a seamless overlap with the well-established Melbourne to Adelaide Touring Route – one of Australia’s most prolific self-drive itineraries. The aim is to entice visitors beyond popular attractions like the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians and Kangaroo Island by offering a range of compelling experiences relating to wine.

“We have a depth of variety in terms of wine and wine experiences and all within a short drive or in some cases walk of each other,” Mr Bissell said. “For example, there could be a ‘Coastal Trail’ that links coastal terroir with wine varieties and seafood experiences, or we could highlight Coonawarra and the adjacent Penola and Glenroy Conservation Park walks, or the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves nestled in the heart of the Wrattonbully Wine region, which contain a wealth of information about regional geology.”

The Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, has described the grant as “great news for local producers and the local economy”. “By enhancing the wine tourism experiences of international visitors, we are helping grow wine exports and further bolstering the Limestone Coast’s excellent wine reputation at an international level,” he said.

 A project manager and local steering committee will oversee the initiative, with hopes the trail experiences will be firmly entrenched in travellers’ itineraries by mid-2020.

For further comment please contact Peter Bissell, chairman, Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council 0427 852 315

Italian Pruners coming to Wrattonbully & Coonawarra

23/05/2018

Italian Pruners coming to Wrattonbully and Coonawarra

Where: Smith & Hooper Vineyard Offices, Wrattonbully.

When: Wednesday July 4, 10am – 3.30pm, lunch included.

Cost: $75pp – 20 places only.  

The techniques behind ‘soft-pruning’ will be extended to Limestone Coast grape growers in July by the self-proclaimed Italian ‘pruning-guys’, Simonet and Sirch who have taken the Australian viticultural industry by storm over the past few pruning seasons.

Known for their modified  Pousset methodology for pruning grapevines where by an understanding of the way a grapevine moves nutrients and water  and thereby choosing canes that provide an uninterrupted supply of sap is one of the fundamental take home messages.

Their workshops consist of a two hour technical session where you learn about the methodology before heading out for 2 hours in a vineyard to put into practice what they have been teaching.

Workshop on July 6 at the Coonawarra Hall is SOLD OUT.  

Book Here

June: Grapevine Nutrition Workshop in Padthaway

03/05/2018

Grapevine Nutrition workshop returns to the Limestone Coast

Understanding grapevine nutrition and how this influences yield and quality will be focus of a one day workshop on Tuesday June 5 at Treasury Wine Estates Padthaway.

Utilising the well-known Research to Practice training module developed by the CRC for viticulture and updated by the AWRI –, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council (LSCGWC) will run a one-day course on the topic of grapevine nutrition.  The day will be coordinated by Drs Mardi Longbottom and Kerry DeGaris from the Australian Wine Research Institute. Both Mardi and Kerry are well-known locals with expertise in grapevine nutrition.

To ensure the day is tailored to the Limestone Coast, a survey has been created to enable local grapegrowers to identify their nutritional practices and challenges. The link to the survey is located on the LSCGWC website and can be found here.

Grapevine nutrition management, principles of nutrition, key grapevine nutrients, managing nutrition in the vineyard and measurement tools and techniques will be the main topics of discussion.

The day can be a refresher for those who have been in the industry for a while but also an introduction for new growers in the region.

The day is subsidised by the Wine Australia regional program with a cost of $25 per head to cover catering.

To register please go to the LSCGWC website: http://limestonecoastwine.com.au/whats-on/nutritionrtp/ 

For more information contact: Kerry DeGaris (0417) 408796 or Mardi Longbottom (08) 83136600

From AGM: New Committee of Management

09/12/2017

The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council AGM was held on 22nd November 2017.  Congratulations to new and returning office bears and committee of management. 

Report from Chair

Minutes available on request, contact Ulrich Grey-Smith, Secretary at [email protected]

And the winner is…WOLF BLASS WINES with a four trophy haul!

27/10/2017

27th October 2017

And the winner is…WOLF BLASS WINES with a four trophy haul!

The 2015 Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has won the Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show at the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show. The celebrated drop also collected the David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show and the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at last night’s sell-out presentation feast held in Padthaway, with viticulturist Martin Wirper awarded the highly coveted Arthur Hoffmann Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’.

It’s the second time a Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has taken top honours, with the 2010 vintage dominating the 2012 Limestone Coast Wine Show. Chief of Judges, Jane Faulkner, declared that it “just screamed its region”: “There’s a lot to like with this cabernet sauvignon, from its vibrant fruit profile to its detailed tannins and above all, freshness,” she said.

The 2017 show unearthed the broadest and most comprehensive list of trophy winners in the event’s 17-year history, with all 22 trophy categories awarded and all regions within the Limestone Coast represented. The 2017 Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling won the Colin Kidd Trophy for Best White of Show, and the Karl Seppelt Trophy for Best White (excluding Chardonnay). Wrattonbully’s Malone Wines also celebrated a trophy double, with the 2014 Malone Cabernet Sauvignon named Best Individual Vineyard Wine, and the 2009 vintage collecting the Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for Best Museum Wine. Leconfield Wines’ double trophy haul featured the 2016 Leconfield Coonawarra Petit Verdot (Small Batch and Experimental Award) and the 2016 Leconfield Cabernet Franc (Best Alternative Red Varietal). “This wine is a knockout – it’s delicious – and it’s a really lovely modern example of a variety that has been around for a while,” said Jane Faulkner.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Judges’ Wine to Watch was the 2016 Wangolina Lagrein made from grapes grown near Bordertown: “I was rapt that someone is making this Northern Italian variety; in the glass it has the most insane colour, so obviously you get a bit seduced by this,” Jane Faulkner said. “It’s a very cool wine and I love the fact that someone is going out there and having a crack at it.”

Guest UK Judge, Sarah Ahmed, was also asked to select her favourite wine out of the 496 entries, with the 2017 International Judges Award going to the 2017 Lost Ram Syrah by Robe’s Karatta Wine Co: “This is a really aromatic, juicy, smashable wine with lovely complexity – it’s not out of the box or necessarily what you would expect, and it was a lovely surprise,” she said.

Coastal producers had a strong showing in this year’s awards, with the 2016 Norfolk Rise Vineyard Shiraz winning the Eric Brand Trophy for Best Shiraz and the 2015 Woodsoak Wines Blanc de Noirs named Best Sparkling Wine.

The Red Wine of Provenance Trophy, which provides a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine, was won by Coonawarra’s Redman Wines, with Redman Cabernet Sauvignon from 2014, 2009 and 2000 declared stand-outs. The White Wine of Provenance Trophy went to The Ladbroke Grove Wines Schoolhouse Riesling (2016, 2010 and 2005 vintages).

Rounding out the trophy winners, the 2016 Brands Blockers Chardonnay was named Best Chardonnay, the 2016 Majella Merlot won the Peter Wehl Trophy for Best Merlot, the 2015 Lindemans Coonawarra Pyrus Red was named Best Blended Red, and the 2017 The Cellar Works Rose by Atlas Wines was Best Rose. The trophy for the Best Sweet Wine went to the 2016 Hollick Estates ‘The Nectar’ for the second year in a row, with consecutive vintages.

A total of 306 medals were awarded at this year’s show, including 72 Gold, 92 Silver and 142 Bronze. Wynns Coonawarra Estate was named most successful exhibitor, which awards the winery with the most high scoring wines across the show. All entries will be uncorked and available for tasting at the Coonawarra Hall this morning (Friday October 27), offering members of the public an opportunity to try the wines and compare notes with the judges. The Exhibitor’s Tasting will be held from 9:00am, and the Public Tasting from 11.30am – 1.30pm ($15 admission including results book).

Adrian Gale’s digital images of trophy winners and dinner guests are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Limestone%20Coast%20Wine%20Awards%202017

Video interviews with selected trophy winners will also be available late today.

For further information, please contact Gretel Sneath on 0417 382 035.

 

2017 WINE SHOW WILL BE A CORKER!

19/09/2017

19th September 2017

2017 WINE SHOW WILL BE A CORKER!

Entries for the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine show have fallen just five bottles short of a new record. A total of 497 of the region’s favourite wines have been nominated for the October 23-26 event, with organisers toasting the industry’s continued support

Cabernet has maintained its tradition as the most popular wine entered in the show with more than 140 nominations, and red varieties account for 70 per cent of overall entries. Rose numbers are up, and fizz has also made a comeback, with a sharp swing in sparkling wine submissions. ‘Other Red Varieties’ is another category on the rise, showcasing the region’s smaller experimental plantings of lesser-known varieties like Montepulciano, Tempranillo and Malbec.

The Provenance classes, meanwhile, have maintained their strong following after first being introduced in 2016. Established labels are asked to submit three vintages of the same wine to be judged for consistency of style and quality over time, providing a medium to long-term reflection of the growth and development of Limestone Coast wines.

“Provenance classes have become a popular addition to wine shows in recent years, and nowhere else does such a class make sense more than the Limestone Coast, where ageability of our reds already has such a strong reputation,” says the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon.

Judging for the 17th annual event will again take place over three days at the Coonawarra Hall, and tickets for the October 26 trophy presentation feast are now on sale. The dinner is always incredibly popular and sells out early, with this year’s soiree set to be hosted by the Padthaway Wine Region.

“A marquee will be erected on the lawns of Henry’s Drive Cellar Door, and local catering firm St Bee’s will prepare a feast for 120 guests,” says dinner MC, Krysteen McElroy. “The evening will have a strong community flavour, with the menu and décor highlighting the region’s vibrancy and diversity.”

Speakers on the night will include chief of judges, Jane Faulkner, guest international judge Sarah Ahmed from the UK, and back-to-back winner of the Viticulturist of the Year trophy, Peter Balnaves. Tickets are available online at www.limestonecoastwine.com.au/wineshow/dinner/

 

For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149.

 

Snail and Earwig Workshop – 18Sept – bookings open

30/08/2017

Snail and Earwig Workshop

WINE SHOW ENTRIES CLOSE NEXT WEEK

15/08/2017

14th August 2017

WINE SHOW ENTRIES CLOSE NEXT WEEK!

Entries for the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine show close at the end of next week on August 25, 2017. The 17th annual event promises to be another great showcase of the regions, with early signs of high entry numbers on the back of a strong vintage.

Chief of judges, Jane Faulkner, will be joined by an exciting new expert line-up in her final year at the helm. Brown Brothers winemaking consultant, Wendy Cameron MW, has been appointed chair of the new-look panel, which also includes Margaret River winemaker and Jimmy Watson Award-winner Julian Langworthy, 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year Emma Norbiato from the Riverina, and sommelier and manager of Melbourne’s City Wine Shop Jeremy Prideaux. In addition, UK-based freelance wine writer and educator Sarah Ahmed has accepted the invitation to be guest international judge, bringing her comprehensive knowledge of Portugese and Australian wines to this region.

“That’s five new palates offering new perspectives on Limestone Coast wines – it’s a really strong team, and entrants can look forward to great diversity of opinions and ultimately some really valuable feedback on their wines,” says the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon.

In other exciting developments for this year’s show, the Provenance Class introduced in 2016 has been expanded to include separate awards for red and white varieties. The class gives exhibitors the opportunity to showcase the remarkable ageability of their wines by entering three vintages of the same wine to be judged for consistency, excellence of style, and pedigree.

“We had such strong support and quality in this class last year that we could see the benefit of awarding both a red and white provenance winner,” Sarah Pidgeon explains. “We’ve also made some changes to entry conditions for this class in order to make sure more people have the opportunity to enter – there will be one entry fee for the three vintages entered with two bottles only required for this class, and any unused bottles of the older vintages will be returned to the exhibitor at the public tasting on Friday 27th October.”

This year’s event will also see separate trophies awarded to a sweet and sparkling wine due to strong recent showings in both categories, bringing the total number of trophies and awards available to 22. Judging will take place at the Coonawarra Hall from Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th October, with the Padthaway Wine Region set to host the October 26 trophy presentation dinner.

For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149.

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Vintage Report 2017

08/06/2017

2017 Vintage Report

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22/03/2017

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