Australia

Soumah Winery

Located in the renowned Yarra Valley, Victoria's oldest wine region and the coolest in all of Australia, Soumah Winery ranks among the absolute summit of what Australia has to offer. The winery was founded in 1997 by Brett Butcher. This great admirer of Northern Italian wines from Piedmont, Trentino and Alto Adige as well as French Burgundy and Northern Rhone wines, discovered Yarra as the ideal location to provide an Australian answer to what he considered to be the very best wines in the world. In the cool climate of Yarra, grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Brachetto and Pinot Grigio find a second home. Even Syrah, deliberately not vinified here as Shiraz, and Viognier produce wines here that easily rival their European counterparts. Quality begins in the vineyard with the philosophy of quality over quantity consistently applied in all areas. This results in extraordinary cool-climate wines, each able to convince even the most ardent classic wine drinker and are a perfect representation of what each grape variety and its terroir has to offer. Soumah is especially renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but has also achieved the highest scores and awards with all its other wines.

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Tar & Roses

Tar & Roses' original winemaking team had its first experience in Priorat (Spain) and later in Italy. There, Don Lewis and Narelle King learned how to deal in the best way with 'old world' grapes and how to reflect this on their native Australia. In addition to Shiraz and Pinot Grigio, they also make wine from other classic grapes such as Riesling, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and even Glera (Prosecco) with the aim of introducing 'New World' drinkers to these grapes. Don Lewis, who sadly passed away in 2017, became one of Australia's most respected winemakers. His interpretation of these classics with an Australian character united the old style of winemaking with the new one. At Tar & Roses, Narelle King now only continues their work with the same philosophy in mind. The grapes come from the best regions of Central Victoria, such as Heathcote (Shiraz) and King Valley (Pinot Grigio), ensuring wines that combine a decidedly tasty character with finesse and complexity. In addition, due to their specific location and altitude, they guarantee wines that are a worthy reflection of Australia's most cool and privileged wine regions.

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Pyren Vineyards

In 1999, brothers Brian and Kevin Joy founded Pyren Vineyards. The Warrenmang Valley was chosen as the location. The perfectly oriented vineyards with grapes such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc are surrounded by forests and other agriculture. In 2003, son, Leighton Joy, achieved his first years as a winemaker and in 2012 he took full charge of the winemaking process. He is a talented young winemaker who has since put Pyren on the international map. As if Joy wasn't enough (What's in a name?) Leighton's nephew, Andy, later joined the team and has been in charge of the overall management ever since. The flagship of the estate is the "Union", a blend of all the best grapes from the best vineyards, where Shiraz, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot meet in an impressive, seductive and harmonious interplay.

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Kirrihill

People and passion: the foundation for Kirrihill Wines. A young crew of winemakers looking to make a mark through dedication to quality and innovation. Calling the pristine Clare Valley of South Australia home, they also draw on expressive vineyards across the Clare region as well as selected cool climate pickings from the Adelaide Hill. Working with nature during the critical ripening period and harvest is a determining factor in premium winemaking, allowing flexibility in caring for the smallest parcel of handpicked fruit while effortlessly handling a selection of classic regional and alternative premium grape varieties. Hardly an overnight success however the Kirrihill wine quality continues to be a wonderful “serendipity” moment for wine lovers.

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Yarran Wines

Lorraine and John (late) Brewer purchased the property in 1978 with another local family and set out to re-develop an old fruit farm into a vineyard which the winery and cellar door now call home; in the Riverina, Yenda, NSW. Initially the vineyards were developed to supply larger local wineries, it would be another 20 years of grape growing before Yarran Wines was hatched with the first release of Shiraz in 1998. At the time (and still to this day) we have played the role as small/boutique player in a region of influential and hugely successful wineries in the region. Paving a path to showcase our region’s diversity and varietal expression has meant many years of vineyard and winery development. This next era will see our final stages of organic certification completed, a bigger push into unique regional varieties and hopefully some great vintages under the Yarran brand. Growing fruit, making wine and sharing it with our customers all on one site brings with it many challenges and long days, in the end we love our role and will keep slowly making our way.

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