Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos
The Chapel Hill winery is built on the hill-top site of the historic Seaview Chapel. The original Chapel was built in 1865 and is now their charming tasting room. The estates first vines were planted in 1972, with the first vintage in 1975. The winery and character filled wines are now under the guidance of winemakers Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards. Where they produce hand-crafted wines with varietal purity, a sense of place and elegant balance.
Growing Region: DOC Porto, Douro Valley - Portugal
Chairman: George Sandeman - (7th Generation)
Chief winemaker Luís Sottomayor and his dedicated team have used traditional Port Wine methods and techniques to craft this unique Port. Over 20 years ago the hand-picked grapes underwent stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation was initiated, which was under controlled temperatures, with gentle and prolonged skin maceration, to extract the best colour, aromas, fruit flavours and structure for ageing.
Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe
I had the pleasure to catch-up and spend some quality time with Patrick in the winery-cellar just a few weeks ago before harvest. When Patrick set up his vineyards, he literally broke ground in Nelson, pulling out an old orchard and planting a new vineyard back in 1995, which he called Rimu Grove on the peninsula above the scenic Waimea Estuary just a short distance west of Nelson. Patrick's wines are an expression of their terroir.
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Ben Glover
Zephyr wines will be new to many of you - but these varietal and very approachable wines express both the spirit of the Glover family and the estate vineyards from which there are sourced. The Glover family vineyards, were first planted in 1985 alongside the meandering 'Opawa River', which has a positive influence on their vibrant wines. Their viticultural and winemaking philosophy's embrace the strengths of their natural resources.