Founded in: 1893
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Chief Winemaker: Reid Bosward
The Kaesler family were pioneers who settled in the Barossa Valley in the 1840s. In 1891 they bought a parcel of land and in 1893 planted their first vines. Kaesler wines are made from these ancient, dry grown vineyards. Reid and a team of investors began winemaking on the property in the 1990's - with a sole purpose to produce quality wines. One of the most exciting range of full-throttle wines from South Australia: - please enjoy the short Kaesler video...
Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe
Patrick planted the home vineyard at Rimu Grove in 1995, and it comprises 7 hectares of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris vines. Which are laid out on the gentle north facing slope of the Bronte Peninsula overlooking the stunning Waimea inlet in Nelson. The passionate team at Rimu Grove are committed to producing only the finest quality wines which reflect the terroir of the Nelson Moutere wine-growing region.
Buying and cellaring wine in large bottles makes a lot of sense. Something not offered mentions, but definitely something to be aware - if a winemaker bottles wine in a large format, there is a high probability of this being a good wine, as it will represent a wine they are quietly confident and proud of. As a result, producers typically bottle a portion of their best wines into large bottles to see their evolution, and are the most sort after by collectors.
But when buying a larger sized single bottle of wine (not 2 bottles), which might suggest better value, does not necessarily always translate to being cheaper. As the materials used by the winemaker are not generally better value. As the bottle, labels and cork are made to order, magnums are not made is such volumes as 750ml wine bottles.
Growing Region: Asti Region, North-west Italy
Chief Winemaker: Danilo Drocco
I must admit it has been a few years now since I was last at Fontanafredda - but it has been a pleasure to see and taste the development in both the brand direction and quality of wines being crafted by Danilo and his team. Moscato d'Asti is justifiably having a renaissance, with these approachable, vibrantly lively and refreshing wines being enjoyed by the next generation of wine enthusiasts.