Jacob Stein a third generation Mudgee NSW winemaker is now at the helm at Robert Stein wines. His approach starts in the vineyard and attributes his wines success directly to his families terroir. Jacob Stein and his team at Robert Stein have been awarded with red 5 Stars for the 5th year running. It is an amazing achievement by Jacob and his team, and it truly places them in the top producers in NSW and Australia.
Vinden Estate in the Hunter Valley NSW, is now under the guidance of second-generation winemaker Angus Vinden, who took over the business from parents Sandra and Guy in 2015. He has maintained the original traditional Hunter wines as well as introducing newer styles. All wines are made from the ground up, as Angus is firstly a wine grower and believes good wine starts from the soil.
Gilbert Family Wines
Producing elegant wines from the lofty heights of Mount Canobolis in Orange NSW and Mudgee NSW, Simon Gilbert and his son Will have been producing elegant wines out of Orange for many years and have just started to receive critical acclaim. Both Simon and Will are masters of creating elegant whites and refined reds, they have recently added an interesting line up of experimental wine to their range which sell out every year.
James started his wine making journey in 1992 in Bordeaux France where he gained skills in crafting world class wines, he then did wine making stint in Canada where he helped craft some of the finest Ice Wines in the world. He crafts interesting and stimulating wines from Mudgee, Orange and Hilltops regoin in NSW.
Mark Gilbert is the great-great-great-grandson of Joseph Gilbert, who established the Pewsey Vale vineyard (and winery) in 1847. Mark and Ali Gilbert have really began to push there wines to new heights recently, with a focus on vineyard expression and interesting wine making. Mark and Ali make all Estate grown wines with vineyards in; Adelaide Hills, MacLaren Vale and Langhore Creek.
Orange Mountain Wines
I can think of no other winemaker or grower that makes the most authentic terroir based wines in Orange NSW other than Terry Dolle. Terry is unassuming and humble, he creates arguably the best Viognier in the country and his low intervention Pinot Noirs are delicate, elegant and expressive. Terry Dolle is one of Australia great growers.
Lenton Brae was established in 1982 in the Margaret River WA sub-region of Wilybrup by Bruce and Jeanette Tomlinson, it remains a family owned and operated vineyard and winery. Edward Tomlinson is now the current caretaker and winemaker and makes outstanding Chardonnays and Cabernet's from one the best terroirs in the Margaret River. Edward is a true master of expressive chardonnay with Jancis Robinson recently blown away by the quality of his Chardonnay.
Turon and his wife Alex established Turon Wines in 2013. Since that time they have both worked hard to showcase the unquie region of the Adelaide Hills and champion their sub-region of Lenswood. Turon makes wines that speak of the Hills, wines that a rooted in it's terroir. Turon's wines are expressive, modern examples of South Australian wines where the fruit is let to shine.
Turon has been receiving very positive press about his wines. His 2018 Pinot Noir was given great praise by James Haliday.
First Ridge Wines
Viticulturist and wine maker team Colin Milott and James Manners have teamed up to create some interesting and Estate grown wines from Italian grapes straight out of the heart of Mudgee NSW. Colin believes that Mudgee is a perfect region for Italian varietals and the proof is in the wines. The Estate grown wines are fresh, stimulating, versatile and expressive, showing that Mudgee has a bright future in alternative varieties.
Tom Ward is an Orange NSW wine champion, a passionate grower, viticulturist, and winemaker. Tom has spent a long time in the Orange region, learning about its complex terroir, and honing his skills as a wine grower and maker. Tom aims to make high quality wines and is completely uncompromising in his approach to achieve terroir driven, express, cool climate wines that do justice to the Orange region. Some of Tom's most exciting wine are his "Hashtag" series where he is push conventional wine practices to achieve vineyard expressive wines with minimal intervention, his "Amber" wine is an outstanding example of a "skin contact" white.
Erinn Klien studied Oenology at Adelaide university, there he met Janet who was studying viticulture and wine marketing. It seemed to be fate that brought these two together because they soon teamed up, focusing on the great old world viticultural regions; Burgundy, North Italy, and Northern Rhone. Both Erinn and Janet had a particular interest in Bio-dynamic grape growing, not only as a growing philosophy but also as a more honest expression of terroir, and sustainability in future wines.
Erinn and Janet established their vineyard on certified bio-dynamic land which was once part of a large farm. The vines are planted very close together, in an old world tradition, yields are low, and all pruning and vine tending is done by hand. These wines are truly hand crafted.
All of Ngeringa wines are certified Bio-dynamic and vegan
The people at Soumah a dedicated to their terroir, they belive that the Yarra Valley is one of the best places to grow wine. The cool climate of the Yarra Valley allows Soumah to focus on cool climate varietals of Northern Italy and south eastern France. Varieties such as; Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Savignin and Branchetto. The vineyard team work with the vines and the vineyard to create some outstanding examples of Yarra Valley wines. The ethos behind the wines is relatively simple, choose the best site, do everything in the vineyard to ensure the fruit can sing in the winery.
Soumah's Single Vineyard wines are their premium terroir driven wines sourced from Soumah single vineyard. Soumah has two main vinyards.
What happens when you combine a couple of mates, a bar full of the best craft beer NSW has to offer and a felafel roll working lunch? It seems the answer is a craft brewery!
These were the exact ingredients that resulted in James Harvey and Karl Cooney forming Yulli's Brews and releasing their first batch of beer in September 2014.
After many years working at craft beer venue Yulli's Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney, James and Karl sought to brew beer that could both stand alone in your every day pub and also accompany food in a fine dining experience.
Like a good dish, each beer has a focus on balance; with malt bills and hop regimes dedicated to this goal. Despite this dedication to the craft, James and Karl's ultimate goal is to produce beer that a bunch of friends or strangers can sit around, laugh and enjoy together!
Proudly Aboriginal owned and led, Sobah is Australia's first non-alcoholic craft beer company run by husband-wife team Clinton and Lozen Schultz. We're based on beautiful Yugambeh country known as the Gold Coast, Queensland. Sobah is a place with sun and surf where a fresh, crisp drink can be enjoyed without the headache.
Founded by Gamilaroi man and psychologist, Clinton Schultz, Sobah functions from the philosophies of Gamilaraay Lore ‘dhiriya Gamil’ along with other lessons he has been fortunate to learn from Elders from around Australia. These include acting from a position of respecting people, place and the environment; understanding and working towards fulfilling responsibilities to that we are connected to; and, engaging in positive reciprocity.
These beers are crisp and delicious, flavoured with native Australian bush tucker they make a perfect alternative to beer.