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 starting to reshoot quite well but sadly the older vines look worse and are detoriating daily, so looks like 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 either.
I want to give a huge shoutout to Blaze Aid who are assisting the communities 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
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
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.
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.
Join us and celebrate Crush 2017. Friday night we are celebrating Italy's happiest hour. Kick the weekend off with a glass of Prosecco and traditional antipasti as you watch the sun set over the Mount Lofty Ranges. Cincin! 5pm to 8pm
Satuday & Sunday Kitchen & Catering by Sam join us to take you on an Asian experience with their take on Thai Street Food while you play it cool with crisp whites and live music - 11am to 5pm both days.
We are throwing our hats in the air with excitement for this major Trophy win! We have had an amazing year and this last major win of the prestigious Winestate Magazine’s Category Wine of the Year Award for our 2015 Leave Your Hat on Montepulciano gives us a total of 8 Trophies this year. We are humbled and thrilled and the alternatives that have been our passion and raison d"etre are coming into their own.
“Leave Your Hat On" Montepulciano 2015 has also has won two other Trophies this year, Best Vintage Section Dry Red and Best Dry Red of show at the 2016 Clare Valley Wine Show where we won a staggering 6 Trophies.
The wine is medium bodied, aromatic and textural. It is bursting with flavours of dark cherries, plums and berries. Subtle spicy undertones with splashes of herbs lead to good length with savoury tannins.
A triple Trophy wine makes a great Christmas gift at $45 - order through our cellar door or click here to our website.
We are celebrating! Last Friday 28th October we were awarded a staggering SIX Trophies at the Clare Valley Wine Show. With vineyards both in the Clare Valley where we started our alternative wine journey, we also have a vineyard in the Adelaide Hills on which our architecturally designed Cellar Door sits.
We won five Gold Medals for Riesling, Fiano, Rose, Montepulciano and Shiraz that evolved into SIX TROPHIES. It was the most amazing day of our lives. It is more than we could have dreamed of, yet we have always strived for. To win these awards for alternative varieties which is our passion and focus is phenomenal, particularly in the traditional varietal stronghold of the Clare Valley. This is a major win for us but also it proves that alternative varieties as we believe are the future.
The Trophies were awarded for:
Best Dry White other than Riesling – Wicked Stepmother Fiano 2016
Best Rosé of Show – Temptress Rosé 2016
Best Vintage Section Dry Red Blends and other varieties – Leave Your Hat on Montepulciano 2015
Best Dry Red of Show – Leave Your Hat on Montepulciano 2015
Best Small Producer
Best Exhibitor of Show.
The alternative varieties Artwine produce are Prosecco, Fiano, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Tempranillo, Graciano. Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc, Gruner Veltliner and just planted Albarino. Traditional varieties are Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling.
We are also the first Adelaide Hills Cellar Door to release an estate grown Prosecco and have just also won Gold for our Gruner Veltliner.
Two very happy owners!