Friday, February 15, 2013

About Wallington Wines

If you’re interested in going on a tour of Canowindra’s cellar doors, be sure to drop by Wallington Wines for a taste of their famous wines. Since 1992, Wallington Wines has been producing a wide variety of wines including fortified and bubblies from its farm in Canowindra. After moving from Sydney to New South Wales in 1990, Anthony and Margaret Wallington established their vineyard and started growing grapes and olives. They have expanded varieties grown, and produce French- and Spanish-style wines on their special patch of land in the central west of N.S.W., eastern Australia.

The Wallingtons have a ground breaking approach to growing their vines and running the vineyard. Margaret Wallington has been working hard to make the farm sustainable, converting their land to be a certified organic and biodynamic property. They also raise sheep and cattle, then use the animals to fertilize the land and for a little weed-eating. They now have biodynamic certification and have been growing organic beef and lamb. Eventually, the Wallingtons would like to expand their offerings to include home-grown vegetables.

The vines are grown in brown loam or red clay soils, where there is a low incidence of disease. The Wallingtons use minimal irrigation for small, but flavourful, berries. The grapes are handpicked and harvested during the dry autumn season. Crushing happens afterward. And if you’d really like to get involved, the Wallingtons open the vineyard for visitors interested in joining them in picking and harvesting In March and April.

Their winery is built from large Straw Bales almost a metre thick, this provides insulation to keep the Wallington wines at a constantly low temperature during fermentation. Functions including wine tasting are often held in the straw bale winery. The reds are then fermented in open vats, the whites in oak or stainless steel. Once completely fermented, they use a basket press and transfer the wines into varieties of French and American oak to mature. They use minimal chemical intervention in their winemaking process.

The Wallington’s cellar is open seven days a week for tastings, but make sure you book an appointment in advance. Get a taste of their product lines, which include fortified wines, whites, and reds. These include chardonnay, Semillon, pinot noir, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Grenache and others. The winery is also open for private wine tasting and functions, which includes a tour of the vineyard.

Apart from wines Wallingtons, have expanded their product range to include olive oil, also harvested from their vineyard. Join them when they participate at Canowindra’s annual 100 Mile Dinner, where chefs and winemakers gather to showcase their products to patrons across 100 miles of Canowindra, including Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee, and Cowra.

Be sure to explore the various foods and drink offerings of Canowindra. To know more about home grown wines in New South Wales, visit the Wallingtons’ cellar and sample their wines and spirits. Wallington wines are a good start when looking to patronize locally produced wines. You will marvel at the high quality wines that can rival European quality, grown right here in Australia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

About Rosnay Wines

Canowindra has led the way when it comes to Organic farming and viticulture. Sam Statham from Rosnay organic Farm was named in 2012 as "The inaugural Organic farming pioneer of the year". More sustainable farms not only keep their products green, but they also produce high-quality food and wines. The Rosnay Farm came from a long tradition of grape-growing and no-chemical farming from the French Beaujolais, and Rosnay wines are now recognized and hailed as a premiere organic winery and farm in Australia.

Established by Richard and Florence Statham in 1995, Rosnay Farm is a 40-hectare patch of land southwest of Canowindra. Former wool and cattle producers in Barraba, New South Wales, the Stathams moved to southeast Australia in pursuit of a site for a new vineyard and olive farm. They settled near Orange, in the Cowra wine region, and continued their culture of growing grapes and producing Rosnay wines in an environmentally friendly way.

Florence’s family has been cultivating vines in France, with her mother Dolly raising her to become a traditional vine grower. Meanwhile, Richard’s father was a conservationist and avid composter who had sources and references on bio-dynamics. Together, the Stathams incorporated their parents’ practices into modern organic farming.

The first vines were planted in 1997 and have since been organic. Rosnay wines are produced from wines planted on an assortment of soil types on specific locations in the vineyard. With grape varieties matched to appropriate soil types. Rosnay Farm has the standard variation of reds and whites as their signature wines. The Shiraz is harvested from the hilltop area, where the roots are able to dig deep into the bedrock soil. The Semillon is planted in sandier soils to control the flavor, while the Merlot and Chardonnay are planted in red soil.
Rosnay wines date from 2003, with rich, full flavors that will surely please any wine connoisseur. If you want to try more than one of their varieties, you can get the gift pack with three choice wines. If you want to know more about the vineyard and winery, you can book a weekend at the farm cottage, where you can get a taste tour of the farm. Enjoy a weekend escape and explore the vineyards and the olives and figs. Enjoy a great view of the farm and learn about the basics of organic farming while you are there.

Rosnay wines also have other organic products you might want to try, such as olives and figs. All of their products are preservative-free. Try their extra virgin olive oil, kalamata olives, and olive paste for all your olive needs. You can also order their fig preserves, figs in syrup, or fig syrup for your recipes.

Besides producing exceptional Rosnay wines and other organic products, Rosnay Farm takes pride in the fact that they are a completely sustainable estate, giving importance to keeping everything green. The Rosnay Farm continues to improve on their practice of being a completely environment-friendly enterprise while producing high-quality wines that are sure to tickle a wine drinker’s fancy.