Author: Nicole Schreck

Willow Bridge Estate wins awards for 50% of wines

Willow Bridge Estate in the Geographe wine region has 16 wines on offer- eight of which have either won a Trophy, Gold or Silver Award in the past eight months. The family owned winery was established in 1997, and is rated 5 stars by James Halliday. Willow Bridge Estate has won the following awards for eight of their wines: Trophy • 2016 Bookends Fume Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – Best Dry White Blend, Adelaide Royal Wine Show (Due for release in 2017) • 2015 Gravel Pit Shiraz – Wine of the Show, Geographe Wine Show • 2015 Gravel Pit Shiraz –...

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Red Tape Cuts Benefit Small WA Winemakers

WA winemakers and producers can now enjoy greater exposure as the Liberal National Government cut red tape across the industry. Liquor regulations have recently been announced by Racing and Gaming Minister Brendon Grylls to allow businesses to sell wine online without having a physical storefront. This new regulation also means geographical restrictions on farmers markets across the State have been abolished. Mr Grylls said the amendment allows for the growing consumer need to be catered for, as well as increasing exposure for local producers who may not have a retail presence. An additional change sees the amount of liquor...

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Wineries with Cellar Doors Make More Money

Small Australian winemakers are receiving almost a third of their income from cellar door sales. A Wine Australia survey revealed a 12 per cent increase in sales revenue for businesses with a cellar door. Holidays are, unsuprisingly, the busiest period for wineries, however there has been an increase in foreign visitors, especially from European and Asian countries. Howard Park Wines cellar door manager Emily Bromell said they can get up to 500 customers per day, with a mixture of people who know the brand already, or are on a wine tour within the region. The experience of a cellar...

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Traveller.com.au Top Picks for Swan Valley Wineries

Traveller.com.au released a list of the top 20 reasons to visit the Swan Valley, featuring eight of the region’s best wineries. Coming in at number 5 on the list was Sandalford Winery, mentioning their Gold Plate status and busy cellar door. The winery has been around since 1840, and with its gift shop, inviting restaurant and stunning cellar door, it’s a must stop on all winery tours. Next on the list is Olive Farm Wines, which, at 188 years old, is the oldest winery in WA. Their fortified wines are their most highly commended, with the Liqueur Verdelho a particular...

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The Soul Playboys and Adam Hall at Upper Reach Winery

There’s no shortage of events at WA Wineries this summer, and Upper Reach Winery in the Swan Valley is adding to the list with a special performance by Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys! Part of the winery’s 14th year of Twilight Picnic Concerts, Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys bring funk, soul, groove and good times to the Swan Valley region this February. Think Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson and then of the modern Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. Superstition, No Diggity and many more classic hits will have the audience dancing the night away on the...

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