Its taken me a while to be able to write this as its still terrifying to so many of us. It has been the horror summer for so many Australians this year, one we all want to forget but hope its one that we can all learn from the disaster and change the way we manage the land. For the Adelaide Hills Wine region its been a devastating time losing approx 30% of their vines which is a tough pill to swallow after such low yields last year too. Each day we have inspected the vines and the baby vines damaged are all rstarting to reshoot quite well but sadly the older vines look worse and are detoriating daily, so a good prune this year with very little or most likely no fruit for a couple of varieties sadly and patience for next year.
We were lucky in that the buildings were saved thanks to our amazing CFS firies and neighbours help, though the fire did reach to 8 metres to the rear of our home, way too close for comfort. Its still very raw and there are so many heartbreaking stories ... BUT the one thing that has kept us all going has been the amazing community spirit, its been the big hug that we all needed. We are lucky to have amazing neighbours and community here in Woodside who have all gathered together and supported one another which is how we should all be living. Its certainly brought us all closer which is a great thing!
Some images below of our burnt vines, our totally burnt woodlot and some of the amazing helpers we had to assist us in clearing up, they are pruning our fried olive trees - no crops for a couple of years from these. And a HUGE shoutout to Blaze Aid who are assisting the community in replacing all the burnt fences, they do an incredible job, more unsung heroes, I cannot imagine how many thousands of kilometres of fencing have been destroyed throughout the country.
Onwards and upwards for the beautiful Adelaide HIlls which is shooting green everywhere now, nature can be cruel but is also inspiring! And... we still have lots of really good wines available!
Cheers Judy & Glen and the Artwine Team
Join us for an evening of wine, cheese and literature.
Artwine are proud to host the launch of bestselling Australian author, Tricia Stringer's latest release, 'Something in the Wine'.
The book is set in a fictitious Margaret River vineyard and includes a link to an Adelaide Hills winery producing a very special Spanish variety, Albarino.
“Keely Mitchell is taking a holiday to escape realities at home she’d rather not face but when she ends up at Levallier Dell Winery she’s caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between father and son wine makers, Euan and Flynn Levallier.
A warm-hearted rural romance, this time set among the scenic vineyards of Margaret River wine country”.
As the only producer of Albarino in the Adelaide Hills, Artwine owner Judy Kelly will be launching the book and giving guests an insight into the viticulture and quirky history of Albarino in Australia.
Guests will be treated to a glass of Albarino on arrival, a selection of local cheese with accompaniments and, of course, a few words from the author herself.
Matilda’s Bookshop will have copies of Tricia’s books for sale on the night which the author will be happy to sign.
One lucky attendee will WIN a copy of Something in the Wine and a bottle of our (almost) sold out 'The Real Thing' Albarino.
Please RSVP via email@example.com as places are limited.
Doors will open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Friday 25th January - Sips at Sunset Kick off your long wekeend in style. Unwind with a crisp white on our open-air terrace or lawns and feast on gourmet produce as you watch the sun set over our surrounding vineyards.
Sat/Sun 26/27th January - Gourmet on the Lawns
Relax on the lawns under the shade of market umbrellas. Indulge on gourmet picnic fare and sip cool summer whites or enjoy a refreshing Adelaide Hills Prosecco from our pop-up Prosecco bar, whilst enjoying live music, bocce and breath taking views. Call Cellar Door on 08 8389 9399 to pre-order your gourmet hampers.
Transport options available from the city - leave your car at home and enjoy the weekends festivities. Buy your transport tickets here www.crushfestival.com.au
Artwine, 72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside
We are proud and thrilled to announce our huge wins at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - THREE TROPHIES for Artwine 2018 In the Groove, Gruner Veltliner. First Trophy was the International Judges Wine to Watch, who quoted "This wine rocked my world and is the best example of Gruner Veltliner I have ever seen outside Austria".
Then we were awarded Best White Wine of Show followed by the BEST WINE of SHOW - Wow! We are thrilled and humbled to have received such accoloades.
The winning month continued with a Trophy awarded by Winestate Magazine for the Best Alternative White Wine of the Year for our 2018 Wicked Stepmother Fiano.
Added to the other two Trophies for our Doghouse Merlot and The Good Life Cabernet 2017 - we are celebrating a triumphant and successful year. We strive to be one of the best producers of alternative varieties in Australia and currently have one of the largest commercial "alternative" vineyard holdings.
Thank you to all our customers who have supported us so strongly particularly since the opening of our Cellar Door five years ago.
Cheers Judy & Glen Kelly
So thrilled to win our 15th Trophy with the 2017 The Good LIfe, Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - It certainly is "The Good Life".
Currently only available to our Wine Club Members until early December when it will become available online and at Cellar Door for all to enjoy.
Thrilled to have recently won the Trophy for our Doghouse Merlot at the Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards, accepted at a wonderful event in Sydney.
Our Adelaide Hills Merlot is a complex well structured wine showing delicious fruit flavours of fleshy plums, mulberries and juicy berry fruit with a touch of spice, chocolate and cherries. An elegant wine that is vibrant and well balanced with a soft dry finish and lush velvety tannins. Available online and at Cellar Door.
An exciting week for us and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. The release of our first "The Real Thing" Albariño from our Woodside vineyard! Now available online and from Saturday 26th May in Cellar Door.
Why have we called it "The Real Thing"? - the first vines thought to be Albariño and planted were later discovered by the CSIRO that they were actually Savagnin. We were nearly caught up in that debacle but just missed it and planted our beloved Fiano instead. Well .... its been a 9 year wait but now we have "the real thing" right here in a bottle! A huge wait for us but to produce this delicious wine is so very exciting for us and we have created a first for the Adelaide Hills.
Review by Dan Traucki, Wine Writer - "As it happens, the ARTWINE ADELAIDE HILLS 2018 “THE REAL THING” ALBARINO is an absolute cracking wine! Naming the wine “THE REAL THING” is brilliantly appropriate after the 2008-2009 scandal when it was discovered that most of the Albariño planted in Australia was in fact, Savagnin.It is redolent with enticing aromas of citrus and a smidge of steeliness. Is zippy, crisp, bright with delightful citrus flavours and a palate cleansing, lingering finish. A CLASS ACT!"
Cheers and we hope you love it!
Artwine will be at the Clare Valley Gourmet Festival Hub 2018 for the first time. A fun weekend of food, wine and music.
We will be at The Gourmet Hub - Senses unearthed ..... Wine (Artwine & 4 other wineries)......Food by Kitchen & Catering by Sam .....Live Music ......Regional Produce.
This year we will take part in this fun event in the Clare Valley at the Clare Valley Showground (opposite the Tourism Centre) for the first time. Red wines, hearty food, and fun music all makes for a fabulous winter weekend event.
Whilst our Cellar Door is on our Adelaide HIlls vineyard, we have owned two large vineyards for many years which provide fruit for several of our wines. We have been a part of the Clare Valley for many years as we also once lived there.
Join us for the Adelaide Hills Winter Reds Festival on Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th July. Warming red wines, soul food and acoustic tunes, fire pit, heating in outside marquee as well as being toasty in Cellar Door. Indulge on slow braised lamb shoulder, twice cooked duck and a great vegetarian option, plus dessert and a Coffee cart. We will keep you warm, wined and dined!
No bookings required - open from 11am to 5pm both days.