The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-02-03T01:24:13Z Wine Odyssey Forced to Close 2016-02-03T01:24:13Z wine-odyssey-forced-to-close Wine Odyssey opened in October 2008, after a meticulous restoration of a high traffic site which lay derelict in The Rocks, Sydney for more than eight years. The concept was to offer visitors and Sydney-siders the opportunity to have a “cellar door in the city” experience without the need to travel to the wine regions of Australia, but more importantly Wine Odyssey set out to offer the small all-Australian producers a route to market for their wines. Over the past 8 years Wine Odyssey has become the lifeline for many small Australian wine producers who’s production would otherwise have not made it to the major market and had serious consequences for many in a time fraught with economical and agricultural challenges. It seems that putting their own life savings, exhaustive personal stamina, and the interests of the small businesses that they set out to support, was never enough. Sadly the privately owned business has today been forced to close its doors due to the decision of the landlord, the state owned, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, who are seeking a “more relevant” tenant for the site. “Naturally we’re gutted. Not only have the decisions of a couple of public servants been able to have such a devastating effect on our business, but its our livelihood, and that of the small wine producers which we represent that hurts us the most.” says Angela Brown, owner of Wine Odyssey. The crippling effect on the business took hold when the landlord forced capital renovations to the premises without offering any rent relief which closed the business for a number of weeks some 18 months ago. At that time Wine Odyssey’s owners were assured that a new five year lease was in the pipeline however negotiations for the new lease soured in light of the renovation fiasco which continues and set down for hearing in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal later this month. With the initial lease term having expired and without warning, the landlord put the lease of the premises out to public tender in late 2015, yet only one week ago the fully paid-up, incumbent tenant was told that its bid for a new lease was unsuccessful and given one week to vacate and “make good” having occupied the site for almost eight years. As it turns out, the owners of Wine Odyssey were sitting on a highly sought after old Australian On/Off Liquor licence in the middle of a lock out zone, which wasn’t known to the landlord until it was pointed out to the landlord by Wine Odyssey, having a further devastating effect on the negotiations for a new lease. “While we are completely crippled, mentally, physically, emotionally and financially, we hold our heads high, in the knowing that we have done what we can do for the Australian wine industry, and small business. We pride ourselves on the fact that we always paid our suppliers, staff and rent, and we have put our all into developing what was a great little business on so many fronts, that we put our heart and soul into.” continues Angela. “We regret that our Wine Odyssey journey has had to come to an end under these circumstances, but we had to draw a line in the sand somewhere. It feels like the big end of town have some sort of power over us little people in the knowing that we won’t put up the money to fight what we believe is unconscionable. And that’s another win for the Authorities and certain individuals within these Authorities who’s conduct is questionable. We can sleep at night knowing we gave it our all.” adds co-owner Lynette Rae. “We sincerely thank all our supporters; customers, staff, colleagues and suppliers who have been of great strength to us over the past 8 years. We’ll see you on our next journey, whatever that may be.” the pair concede. Dig+Fish Announces New Partner For Sydney 2016-01-21T12:29:53Z dig-fish-announces-new-partner-for-sydney                                                                                                       For immediate release: 19 January 2016 Dig+Fish Announces New Partner for Sydney Melbourne based brand engagement agency Dig+Fish is pleased to announce the appointment of Kylie White and her business White Ink as an affiliate partner, creating a permanent presence for the agency in Sydney. In the last 12 months Dig+Fish has undertaken work with leading brands including; Jeep, Coles, KIA, Rolex, Brown Brothers, Yarra Ranges Tourism and Fairfax Media. Dig+Fish Managing Director Angie Bradbury said the move was vital to the future growth of the agency.  “Sydney is a major market for us - we are constantly activating for brands and implementing PR and media relations activity for our clients on a national scale. Having an experienced professional with Kylie’s reputation and skills will contribute significantly to our business,” she said. Kylie White is a highly respected lifestyle marketing professional who has worked with clients such as the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association, Taste Orange and the New South Wales Wine Industry Association, along with a host of respected independent wine businesses including Next Generation Hunter Valley, Hungerford Hill, Blue Pyrenees, Thomas Wines, Meerea Park, Shaw and Champagne Nicholas Feuillate. “Joining forces with Dig+Fish is key to the future growth of both businesses offering White Ink access to a significantly increased range of services and resources, and Dig+Fish a senior marketing communications professional on the ground in Sydney,” said White Ink Principal Kylie White. “On a personal level, I’m looking forward to working alongside an incredibly talented, highly creative and driven team of people led by Angie Bradbury, who I’ve always respected,” she said. Angie Bradbury went on to say “I’ve known Kylie for more than a decade and have always admired her strategic thinking and enviable reputation within the drinks industry. We share a strong belief and philosophy in the great value effective marketing and brand communication can bring to our client’s brands.  Dig+Fish Executive Chairman Paul Gardner said he was thrilled to officially announce the partnership. “After meeting Kylie, I jumped at the chance to extend our agency footprint into the Sydney market.  We have significant plans for growth in the next few years and a strong Sydney presence will only assist us in achieving these goals,” he said. For further information please contact: Angie Bradbury                                                            Kylie White angie.bradbury@digandfish.com                     kylie.white@digandfish.com (03) 9827 4466                                                            0401 408 080 ABOUT DIG&FISH Dig+Fish is a brand engagement agency delivering strategy, experiential marketing, public relations and digital communications; inspiring deeper connections between brands and consumers.  Dig+Fish was established in April 2013 via the merger of Dig Marketing Group and 2Fish Management. Led by Angie Bradbury, Caroline Ryan and Paul Gardner AM, Dig+Fish currently manage a diverse portfolio of clients including; Fiat Chrysler Australia, Vicinity Centres, Coles, Lumo Energy, Hop Products Australia and Brown Brothers. For more information, please visit www.digandfish.com   ABOUT WHITE INK For more than 15 years White Ink (formerly Winestream Communications) has provided media communications for many high profile Australian and international wine and lifestyle companies. Led by Kylie White since 2008, White Ink has worked with a wide range of wine industry associations as well as independent wine brands including NSW Wine, the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, the New South Wales Wine Industry Association, Taste Orange, Hungerford Hill, Cumulus, Chateau de Sours and Spiegelau.   Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral Sunday 11 October 2015 2015-08-11T03:46:15Z hunter-valley-uncorked-balmoral-sunday-11-october-2015   Media Release 10 August, 2015   Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral A decade of beach side wining and dining Hunter Valley style…   It was the talk of the town in 2014 and by popular demand, it’s back in 2015; the tenth rendition of Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral, in the heart of Sydney’s Lower North Shore.   This much-loved annual wine & food event will take place this year on an all-new date, Sunday 11 October.   The event, proudly presented by North Shore BMW will showcase more than 20 of the Hunter Valley’s finest wineries, restaurants and producers on the shores of beautiful Balmoral Beach.   Purchase a glass and tasting coupons on arrival and work your way around the region speaking with winemakers and restaurateurs from the Hunter Valley and hear the stories behind their wines as you sip away your Sunday. These wines make the perfect partner to the fine food on offer from a range of Hunter Valley restaurants and producers.   Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral has something for everyone – fine wine, fine food and live music, making it the perfect spring day out. So whether you’re a wine lover eager to savor one of the region’s acclaimed wines or you simply wish to indulge in something special with friends and family on a Sunday, this year’s event is packed with delicious and exclusive offerings.   And, if that’s not enough, by joining us this year at Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral, you will have the chance to win a mid-week escape for four driving a BMW courtesty of North Shore BMW, with two nights accomodation at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley including daily breakfast and a 3 course dinner for four at Infuzion Restaurant; 18 holes of Golf and Spa Treatments at The Vintage’s Chateau Elan.   So – make sure you save the date – Sunday October 11th.   Editor’s Note   Gates open at 11am, last wine vouchers will be sold at 4.30pm, last wine poured at 4.45pm. FREE SHUTTLE BUSES operating approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event. NO BYO ALCOHOL or pets as per council food safety requirements. Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is here again this June 2015-02-10T04:11:29Z hunter-valley-wine-amp-food-month-is-here-again-this-june Have you ever pictured yourself curled up by an open fire, glass of Shiraz in hand and rolling mountains nestled just outside your window as the sun sets on a crisp winter’s evening?   Now, have you ever dreamed that one day you could rub shoulders with over 190 years of rich history and wine knowledge as you participate in an exclusive masterclass?   During Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month, the possibilities do not end there. Within this year’s very exciting program is an eclectic range of events that allow visitors to experience the Hunter Valley through a locals eyes. In fact you can hang out with the locals united by a mutual love of food, or wine, or both during the month-long series of themed activities throughout June.   It’s a food and wine extravaganza that is the perfect antidote to those winter blues and your chance to wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs, take part in an array of fun and interactive classes to fine-tune your culinary skills, or just curl up beside an open fire with a glass of premium Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate.   The historic Hunter Valley wine region is home to more than 150 wineries and, being just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, is the ideal short break destination. During the month-long celebration in June there will be a variety of accommodation and event packages throughout wine country, so come and indulge in the simple pleasures of Hunter Valley life.   Here are some of this years Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month program highlights:-   DINE WITH THE DYNAMIC DUO Sunday 14 June from 12 noon at Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill In 2014 both the Young Restaurateur of the Year and Young Winemaker of the Year awards were awarded to bright young talent from the Hunter Valley. Chef Troy Rhodes-Brown, owner of Muse Restaurant and Muse Kitchen and Winemaker Gwyn Olsen of Briar Ridge Wines will together tantalise your taste buds over one of the programs most sought after lunches. An exciting 4 course menu designed by Troy will be matched with fabulous Briar Ridge wines by Gwyn for an all-inclusive price of $125pp.   FOOD FIGHT Tuesday 2 June at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Come and view the showdown as the Hunter Region takes on the Southern Highlands the best chefs form each of these Culinary Regions will battle it out in our annual culinary Food Fight!! Hosted by Celebrity personality Matt Kemp. A Lunch Not to be missed! $110 for members & $150 for non-members         WHISPERING BROOK OLIVE LONG TABLE LUNCH Saturday 6 June at Whispering Brook Winery The annual Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon features a sumptuous Mediterranean inspired menu prepared by Andrew Wright, wine, live music, a tutored walking tour in the olive grove and a special guest speaker to talk about the amazing properties and applications of extra virgin olive oil. $125pp   BURNING OF THE BARREL Saturday 6 June at Glandore Estate Come and join us at Glandore Estate when the sun begins to set & we light the flame on our annual Burning of the Barrel bonfire! Where one, poor old unsuspecting empty wine barrel will be placed upon the pyre and set aflame just so we can have a bloody good night out! $70pp for non-Glandore members.   EAT DRINK RUN Saturdays during June & Sundays by appointment for groups of 12pax or more. Start your day with a Tour of First Creek Wines with seafood duo and wine to match then travel by bus between another three of the Hunter Valley's leading venues, sampling fabulous Hunter Wines paired with tasty morsels prepared by renowned local Chef Matt Dillow. $110pp for food, matching wines, transport between venues.   THE ART OF GNOCCHI Saturday 6, 13 and 27 June at Il Cacciatore Restaurant Il Cacciatore invites you to participate in a fun, hands-on gnocchi making class followed by a two course lunch with a small group of like-minded individuals who enjoy Italian food, wine, a fun time and don’t mind getting down and dirty (floury)! All inclusive $115 pp.   THE ORIGINAL MARGAN 100 METRE MEAL Daily throughout June at Margan Estate The original Margan 100 Metre Meal is back! Enjoy our estate grown Suffolk lamb served with heirloom garden vegetables and accompanied with a glass of White Label Barbera. Everything is grown on site within 100m of the Restaurant! $50 pp   A full calendar of events is available online at winecountry.com.au Like us on Facebook @ HunterValleyWineCountry and Follow us on Twitter @huntervalleywc #HVWFM   Organised by The Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, the 2015 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is proudly supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, through the Regional Flagship Events Program.   For more information and details on how to book tickets and accommodation visit www.winecountry.com.au    For media enquiries and images please contact Kylie White, White Ink 0401 408 080 The Hunter Valley Shines at NSW Tourism Awards 2014-12-01T00:33:39Z the-hunter-valley-shines-at-nsw-tourism-awards Hunter Valley tourism operators won four of the categories in last weeks NSW Tourism Awards held in Sydney, with Margan Wines taking home gold in two categories and silver in a third. Chateau Elan took out dual titles for Luxury Accommodation and Business Tourism, while Bimbadgen took home silver in the Award for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.   Eleven Hunter Valley operators were named finalists in the state awards which aim to recognise excellence and contribution to tourism. The following awards were received at the state titles:-   Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries Gold: Margan Wines, www.margan.com.au Silver: Bimbadgen, www.bimbadgen.com.au   Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Silver: Margan Wines, www.margan.com.au   Luxury Accommodation Gold: Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley, http://www.chateauelan.com.au/    Excellence in Food Tourism Gold: Margan Restaurant & Winery, http://www.margan.com.au/   Business Tourism Gold: Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley, http://www.chateauelan.com.au/   Now in their 25th year, the Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The Awards are a submission and inspection-based program and provide the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the State’s finest tourism operators. The Awards have 31 categories across the industry spectrum – attractions, festivals and events, ecotourism, tour and transport operators, marketing and accommodation and outstanding contribution from individuals. Entry to theNSW Tourism Awards is open to all New South Wales tourism operators.  ENDS For media enquiries, photos or further information please contact Kylie White, White Ink Kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  Ph: 0401 408 080 The Hunter Valley's Continued Winning Streak 2014-11-24T05:46:29Z the-hunter-valley-s-continued-winning-streak       Media release 24 November 2014     The Hunter Valley’s Continued Winning Streak   Eleven Hunter Valley tourism operators have been acknowledged for their contribution to NSW Tourism by being named finalists and shortlisted for national recognition when the winners are announced at the NSW Tourism Awards being held in Sydney this Thursday night, 27 November.   The Hunter Valley’s finalists are:- (in alphabetical order)   Bimbadgen Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley Esca Bimbadgen Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia Hermitage Lodge Hollydene Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant 'It's ON! In Newcastle and The Hunter!' Margan Restaurant & Winery Margan Wines Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre Snow Time in the Garden   Now in their 25th year, the Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The Awards are a submission and inspection-based program and provide the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the State’s finest tourism operators.

The Awards have 31 categories across the industry spectrum – attractions, festivals and events, ecotourism, tour and transport operators, marketing and accommodation and outstanding contribution from individuals. Entry to the 2014 NSW Tourism Awards is open to all New South Wales tourism operators. In other news, prolific wine writer James Halliday has announced his Top 100 Wines for 2014. Published in The Australian on Saturday 22 November, Halliday remarked that of the 12 wines from New South Wales in his Top 100, 10 of the wines were from the Hunter Valley. Those wines are:-   Tyrrell’s Johnno’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2014 (97 points) $46 Thomas Braemore Hunter Valley Semillon 2014 (97 points) $30 Pepper Tree Single Vineyard Reserve Alluvius Hunter Valley Semillon (96 points) $35 McLeish Estate Hunter Valley Semillon 2008 (96 points) $30 McLeish Estate Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 (96 points) $20 De Iuliis Hunter Valley Semillon 2014 (95 points) $18 Tyrrell’s Brookdale Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 (94 points) $19 Margan Family Hunter Valley Semillon 2014 (93 points) $15 Margan Family Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2014 (92 points) $15   This follows on from the Hunter Valley’s recent trophy haul at the New South Wales Wine Awards late last month where trophies for the Best Young Semillon (Silkman Wines 2014 Semillon), Best Young White (Other Varieties) (Bimbadgen Estate 2014 Vermentino) and Best Mature Dry White (McGuigan Wines Vineyard Select 2005 Semillon) all now call the Hunter Valley home. 17 Hunter Valley Wines were also awarded Gold Medals in what was formerly known as the NSW Top 40.   The latest results from Tourism NSW, the NSW Wine Awards, and James Halliday’s Top 100 are proof that the Hunter Valley continues to offer some of the best food wine and tourism experiences in NSW, if not the country.   The 17 Hunter Valley Gold Medal winning #topwines (formerly NSW Top 40) for 2014 are:   Audrey Wilkinson Winemakers Shiraz 2013 Bimbadgen Estate Signature Semillon 2013 Bimbadgen Estate Vermentino 2014 Brokenwood Latara Vineyard Semillon 2009 De Iuliis Shiraz 2013 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2014 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2013 McGuigan Personal Reserve Hunter Ridge Chardonnay 2013 McGuigan Vineyard Select Semillon 2005         McLeish Estate Chardonnay 2013 McWilliam's Wines Appellation Shiraz 2013 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2005 Silkman Wines Semillon 2014 Silkman Wines Semillon 2013 Thomas Wines The OC Semillon 2014 Tinklers School Block Semillon 2013 Tyrrell's HVD Semillon 2014   ENDS Uncork your Monday-itis and start planning for Sunday! 2014-10-27T03:36:41Z uncork-your-monday-itis-and-start-planning-for-sunday Media Release October 27, 2014   Uncork your Monday-itis and start planning for Sunday!   Sydneysiders, your Monday-itis is just about to fade…   This coming Sunday, the 2nd of November is the annual Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral at Sydney’s iconic Balmoral Beach. So, start making plans to catch up with family and friends and come on over to enjoy some of the finest Hunter Valley wine and food offerings.   Purchase a glass and tasting coupons on arrival and sip away your Sunday with the likes of Brokenwood Wines, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant and Tyrrell’s as well as some more boutique wine makers such as Thomas Wines, Misty Glen and Allandale Wines. These wines make the perfect partner to the fine food on offer from the likes of Twine Restaurant and The Verandah Restaurant. And, there’s something for everyone with gourmet lavishing from The Butcher’s Bar and wonderful samples from the Hunter Valley Cheese Company, all serving up delicious Hunter Valley produce!   This year you will also have the chance to win a two night weekend escape for four guests at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, including daily breakfast, a 3 course dinner for four at Infuzion Restaurant AND the use of a BMW vehicle from North Shore BMW for the duration of your visit. You’ve got to be in it to win it, ensure your chance by coming along to Hunter Valley Uncorked!   Hunter Valley Uncorked has something for everyone – fine wine, fine food and live music, making it the perfect spring day out. So, why not start your festive season a little early?   Editor’s Note   Wine glasses and vouchers can be purchased upon arrival.   Last wine vouchers will be sold at 4.30pm, last wine poured at 4.45pm. FREE SHUTTLE BUSES operating approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event. NO BYO ALCOHOL or pets as per council food safety requirements.     ENDS   For further information, images, and interviews with participating winemakers and chefs, as well as media event passes, please contact:   Kylie White, White Ink kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  0401 408 080   Join us for an 'Outstanding' celebration of NSW #TopWines 2014-10-20T02:21:27Z join-us-for-an-outstanding-celebration-of-nsw-topwines    Media release 20 October 2014       Join us for an ‘Outstanding’ celebration of NSW #TopWines   All 148 award-winning wines for the NSW Wine Awards have been named, now it’s time to celebrate at ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ on Thursday 30 October. Lovers of wine will delight in this unique opportunity to taste the State’s #topwines in the second year of the much anticipated large format consumer tasting event in the heart of Sydney.   The NSW Wine Awards, which have been running since 1996, culminates in a trophy presentation recognising NSW Top Wines, taking place over lunch at Simmer on the Bay on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Friday 31 October 2014.   NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant said, “The NSW Wine Awards showcase the diversity and quality of NSW wines, while also giving consumers an opportunity to meet producers and discover what makes NSW wine regions such wonderful travel destinations.”   “The NSW Government is proud to support the 2014 NSW Wine Awards, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, in recognition of the importance of food and wine experiences in attracting overnight visitors to the State,” Mr Grant said.   Held at Pier 2, Walsh Bay, “Outstanding on the Pier” gives consumers the ultimate tasting experience. Not only can attendees exclusively taste NSW’s 148 #topwines, “Outstanding on the Pier” showcases an excellent selection of NSW seasonal fare from producers including Pepe Saya, Olsson’s, Alto Olives, Brasserie Bread, The Loch, Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Poachers Pantry and Dessertmakers. In addition, attendees can keep their Riedel tasting glass (valued at $20).   Consumers can vote for their favourite of the #topwines for a chance to win an outstanding prize! One lucky guest will win a #topwines package including a fabulous selection of this year’s Top NSW wines and a Riedel glassware package – all valued at over $1500!   The highly sought after tickets are now $50 and give wine lovers access to several hours tasting the 148 Gold, Silver and trophy winning wines and experiencing some of NSW’s best regional produce.     ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ is open to the public from 5.00pm – 9.00pm on Thursday 30 October, and members of the media and trade are also welcome between 2.30pm and 4.00pm at which time the NSW Wine List of the Year will be awarded. The NSW Wine Awards presentation lunch at Simmer on the Bay will kick off from 12.00pm, for 12:30pm on Friday 31 October.     Ticketing information   Tickets to ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ Top Wine Tasting are available now at www.nswwine.com.au   Tickets to the trade and media events comprising the NSW Wine List of the Year presentation are limited to trade and media only. Please contact events@nswwine.com.au for further information.   Limited tickets to the NSW Wine Awards Presentation Lunch at Simmer on the Bay will be available from 5 October 2014.     ENDS     For media enquiries, photos or further information please contact Kylie White, White Ink Kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  Ph: 0401 408 080   For further information regarding these events please contact Cristy O’Sullivan, NSW Wine events@nswwine.com.au Ph: 0409 535 120   Hunter Valley abound with NSW #topwines 2014-10-15T01:06:29Z hunter-valley-abound-with-nsw-topwines   Media release 15 October 2014   Hunter Valley abound with NSW #topwines. Celebrate with us at Outstanding on the Pier and Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral!   The Hunter Valley – Australia’s oldest wine producing region, has scooped an amazing near 50% of the award winning NSW #topwines at this years NSW Wine Awards    148 wines were judged to be of Silver and Gold medal standard, which is unprecedented in the history of the NSW Wine Awards, which have been running since 1996. This is testament to the top quality wines being produced across the state, however the Hunter Valley is celebrating much more than the success of the state as a whole. Seventy one of the NSW #topwines hail from the Hunter Valley, which is just under half of the wines given Silver and Gold Medals. It is an incredible achievement for the region which continues to prove its status as a premium winemaking region.   The 71 #topwines from the Hunter Valley stand alongside other wines produced by 68 of the State’s best wineries – quite an outstanding line up which represents an incredible cross section from NSW’s wine regions.   Consumers have two fantastic opportunities to taste these award winning #topwines from the Hunter Valley at two upcoming events in October and November; Outstanding on the Pier and Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral.   The world class consumer event “Outstanding on the Pier” accompanies the NSW Wine Awards, and is held on Thursday October 30th at Pier 2, Walsh Bay, Sydney. Showcasing all 71 Hunter Valley #topwines, and offering an opportunity to meet, and discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves this event gives Hunter Valley wine lovers the chance to celebrate our successes with us!   Then, on Sunday November 2nd the Hunter Valley graces the shores of Balmoral Beach at the annual Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral food and wine event (11am – 5pm). Family and friends alike can delight in the award winning #topwines from the Hunter Valley with a picnic in the spring sunshine – let’s celebrate the 71 #topwines and start the silly season a little early!   What an incredible achievement for the Hunter Valley – we invite you to celebrate with us at Outstanding on the Pier and Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral.   The #topwines for 2014 from the Hunter Valley have been confirmed as follows (in alphabetical order):-   Allandale Semillon 2014               Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese 2013 Audrey Wilkinson "The Lake" Shiraz 2011 Audrey Wilkinson "Winemakers" Semillon 2014 Audrey Wilkinson Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Audrey Wilkinson Winemakers Shiraz 2013 Ballabourneen Majors Lane Semillon 2011 Bimbadgen Estate Semillon 2013 Bimbadgen Estate Viognier 2014 Bimbadgen Estate Vermentino 2014 Bimbadgen Estate MCA Fume Blanc 2014                       Bimbadgen Estate Signature Semillon 2013 Bimbadgen Estate Signature Semillon 2011 Bimbadgen Regions Cabernet Merlot 2012 Brokenwood Forest Edge Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014               Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2007 Brokenwood Latara Vineyard Semillon 2009 De Iuliis LDR Single Vineyard Shiraz Touriga 2013 De Iuliis Limited Release Shiraz 2011 De Iuliis Shiraz 2013 De Iuliis Verdelho 2014 Drayton’s 'Susanne' Semillon 2010                First Creek Vermentino 2014 First Creek Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay 2013 First Creek Winemakers Reserve Semillon 2014 First Creek Winemakers Reserve Semillon 2011 Glandore 'Elliott' Semillon 2006 Gundog Estate Poacher's Semillon 2014        Hungerford Hill Dalliance Sparkling 2010 McGuigan Bin 6000 Verdelho 2014 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2013 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2014 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2007 McGuigan Personal Reserve Blackberry Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 McGuigan Personal Reserve Hunter Ridge Chardonnay 2013 McGuigan Shortlist Semillon 2013 McGuigan Vineyard Select Semillon 2005     McLeish Estate Chardonnay 2013 McLeish Estate Reserve Semillon 2007 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2005 Mistletoe Noble Viognier 2013    Mistletoe Reserve Chardonnay 2012             Mount Pleasant Estate Lovedale Semillon 2003 Mount Pleasant Estate Old Hill 1880 Vines   Shiraz 2013 Pepper Tree Wines 'Venus Block' Single Vineyard Orange Chardonnay 2013 Pokolbin Estate Shiraz 2011 Pokolbin Estate Shiraz 2009 Pooles Rock Shiraz 2011 RidgeView "Impressions" Shiraz 2011 Saddlers Creek Classic Semillon 2009 Saddlers Creek Reserve Semillon 2007 Silkman Semillon 2014 Silkman Semillon 2013 Silkman Shiraz 2013 Silkman Blackberry Semillon 2014 Tamburlaine Sauvignon Blanc 2014               Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2004 Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2010 Tempus Two Varietal Verdelho 2013 Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2014 Thomas Wines Elenay Shiraz 2011 Thomas Wines The OC Semillon 2014 Tinklers Old Vines Shiraz 2013 Tinklers Vineyards School Block Semillon 2013 Tinklers Viognier 2014 Two Rivers Stones Throw Semillon 2014       Two Rivers Stones Throw Semillon 2013 Tyrrell's Belford Chardonnay 2012 Tyrrell's Belford Semillon 2014 Tyrrell's HVD Semillon 2014 Tyrrell’s Stevens Shiraz 2011 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Shiraz 2011 Wyndham Estate Black Cluster Hunter Valley Shiraz 2009      ENDS For media enquiries, photos or further information please contact Kylie White, White Ink Kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  Ph: 0401 408 080       148 NSW #TopWines Announced Taste them at "Outstanding on the Pier" 30 October 2014-10-08T06:10:17Z 148-nsw-topwines-announced-taste-them-at-outstanding-on-the-pier-30-october Media release 3 October 2014   148 NSW #TopWines Announced Taste them at “Outstanding on the Pier” 30 October   An unprecedented number of wines have today been named NSW’s #TopWines in the 2014 NSW Wine Awards, which have been running since 1996. 148 of the 828 wines entered were judged to be of Silver or Gold Medal standard and it’s those wines, announced today, which will be on tasting at the second rendition of a world class consumer event “Outstanding on the Pier” on 30 October, Pier 2, Walsh Bay, Sydney.   Judging for this year’s awards took place on 30 September and 1 October in Griffith under the watchful eye of Chair of Judges, acclaimed winemaker, PJ Charteris, his first year in this esteemed position.   The 148 wines selected as #topwines for 2014 were produced by 68 of the State’s best wineries and the line up represents an incredible cross section from NSW’s wine regions.   As well as the 148 Topwines for tasting, “Outstanding on the Pier” showcases an excellent selection of NSW seasonal produce including Pepe Saya, Olsson’s, Alto Olives, Brasserie Bread, The Loch, Hunter Valley Cheese Company and Dessertmakers. In addition, attendees can keep their Riedel tasting glass (valued at $20). One lucky guest, will win a #topwines package including a fabulous selection of this year’s Top NSW wines and a Riedel glassware package – an outstanding prize valued at over $1500 for voting for their favourite wine.   The Outstanding on the Pier Top Wines Tasting is open to the public from 5:00pm – 9:00pm on Thursday 30 October.  Members of the media and trade are welcome to attend the preview between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.   Trophy winners, NSW Wine of the Year and Gold Medal winners (traditionally the NSW Top 40) will be announced on Friday 31st October at a celebratory lunch at Simmer on the Bay, hosted by special guests from television series Plonk: Chris Taylor, Nathan Earl and Joshua Tyler.   Tickets to Outstanding on the Pier Top Wines Tasting are available at www.nswwine.com.auand cost $50.  Limited tickets for the presentation lunch can also be accessed here also.   The #topwines for 2014 have been confirmed as follows (in alphabetical order):-   Allandale Semillon 2014               Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Angullong Shiraz 2013 Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese 2013 Audrey Wilkinson "The Lake" Shiraz 2011 Audrey Wilkinson "Winemakers" Semillon 2014 Audrey Wilkinson Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Audrey Wilkinson Winemakers Shiraz 2013 Ballabourneen Majors Lane Semillon 2011 Barwang Shiraz 2013 Barwang "842" Chardonnay 2012 Berton 'Foundstone' Pinot Grigio 2014          Bimbadgen Estate Semillon 2013 Bimbadgen Estate Viognier 2014 Bimbadgen Estate Vermentino 2014 Bimbadgen Estate MCA Fume Blanc 2014                       Bimbadgen Estate Signature Semillon 2013 Bimbadgen Estate Signature Semillon 2011 Bimbadgen Regions Cabernet Merlot 2012 Brokenwood Forest Edge Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014               Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2007 Brokenwood Latara Vineyard Semillon 2009 Bunnamagoo Autumn Semillon 2013 Bunnamagoo "1827"   Chardonnay 2011 Calabria Private Bin Saint Macaire 2013 Calabria Private Bin Nero D'Avola 2013 Calabria Private Bin Aglianico 2013 Calabria Wines 3 Bridges Semillon 2008 Calabria Wines Blue River Blue Label Shiraz 2013 Calabria Wines Yarrunga Field White 2014 Capital Wines Gundaroo Vineyard Riesling 2014 Carillion 'The Volcanics' Orange Cabernet Sauvignon 2012              Cellarmasters David Lowe Reserve Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2013 Cellarmasters Redemption Landmark Release Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2013                   Centennial Pinot Grigio Old Block 2014 Chalkers Crossing Shiraz 2012 Charles Sturt Reserve Sparkling 2010           Colmar Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014             Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon 2008 Cookoothama Shiraz 2010 Cooks Lot Riesling Lot# 333 Riesling 2014 Coolangatta Estate CJB Sparkling Chardonnay 2009 Coolangatta Estate Semillon 2005 Coolangatta Estate Wollstonecraft Semillon 2009 Coppabella Vintage Rose 2013 Cupitt Wines Shiraz 2013 De Iuliis LDR Single Vineyard Shiraz Touriga 2013 De Iuliis Limited Release Shiraz 2011 De Iuliis Shiraz 2013 De Iuliis Verdelho 2014 De Bortoli Deen DeBortoli Durif 2012 Drayton’s 'Susanne' Semillon 2010                Eden Road Chardonnay 2012 Ernest Hill 'Shareholders' Shiraz 2013 Ernest Hill Wines 'Cyril' Semillon 2013 First Creek Vermentino 2014 First Creek Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay 2013 First Creek Winemakers Reserve Semillon 2014 First Creek Winemakers Reserve Semillon 2011 Four Winds Vineyard Riesling 2014 Freeman Shiraz 2012 Gallagher Shiraz 2013 Glandore 'Elliott' Semillon 2006 Gundog Estate Poacher's Semillon 2014        Hungerford Hill Dalliance Sparkling 2010 Lillypilly Noble Harvest 2012       Logan Weemala Tempranillo 2013                 McGuigan Bin 6000 Verdelho 2014 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2013 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2014 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2007 McGuigan Personal Reserve Blackberry Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 McGuigan Personal Reserve Hunter Ridge Chardonnay 2013 McGuigan Shortlist Semillon 2013 McGuigan Vineyard Select Semillon 2005     McLeish Estate Chardonnay 2013 McLeish Estate Reserve Semillon 2007 McWilliams Wines Appellation Sparkling NV McWilliams Wines Appellation Chardonnay 2013 McWilliams Wines Appellation Shiraz 2013 McWilliams Wines Hanwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2005 Mistletoe Noble Viognier 2013    Mistletoe Reserve Chardonnay 2012             Moppity Vineyards Eclipse Shiraz 2013 Moppity Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Moppity Vineyards Estate Shiraz 2013 Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Reserve Shiraz 2013 Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Shiraz 2013 Moppity Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Moppity Vineyards Reserve Shiraz 2013 Mount Majura Vineyard Riesling 2014 Mount Majura Vineyard Shiraz 2013 Mount Pleasant Estate Lovedale Semillon 2003 Mount Pleasant Estate Old Hill 1880 Vines   Shiraz 2013 Nick O'Leary Bolaro Shiraz 2013 Nick O'Leary Shiraz 2013 Nick O'Leary Shiraz 2012 Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif 2010 Patina Reserve Chardonnay 2010 Pepper Tree Wines 'Venus Block' Single Vineyard Orange Chardonnay 2013 Pokolbin Estate Shiraz 2011 Pokolbin Estate Shiraz 2009 Pooles Rock Shiraz 2011 Quarry Hill Lost Acre Tempranillo 2013         Quilty Wines Running Stitch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Ravensworth Sangiovese 2013 RidgeView "Impressions" Shiraz 2011 Robert Oatley Fiore Moscato 2013 Robert Oatley Montrose Black Shiraz 2013 Rolling Pink 2014 Rolling Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014 Saddlers Creek Classic Semillon 2009 Saddlers Creek Reserve Semillon 2007 Silkman Semillon 2014 Silkman Semillon 2013 Silkman Shiraz 2013 Silkman Blackberry Semillon 2014 Spring Mountain Batch Da#1 Semillon 2014 Swinging Bridge Shiraz 2013        Tamburlaine Sauvignon Blanc 2014               Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2004 Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon 2010 Tempus Two Varietal Verdelho 2013 Tertini Arneis 2013 Tertini Pinot Noir 2012 Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2014 Thomas Wines Elenay Shiraz 2011 Thomas Wines The OC Semillon 2014 Tinklers Old Vines Shiraz 2013 Tinklers Vineyards School Block Semillon 2013 Tinklers Viognier 2014 Trentham Estate Pinot Noir 2014 Twisted River Shiraz Viognier 2012 Two Italian Boys Pinot Grigio 2014 Two Italian Boys Sangiovese 2014 Two Italian Boys The Sticky Italian 2013 Two Rivers Stones Throw Semillon 2014       Two Rivers Stones Throw Semillon 2013 Tyrrell's Belford Chardonnay 2012 Tyrrell's Belford Semillon 2014 Tyrrell's HVD Semillon 2014 Tyrrell’s Stevens Shiraz 2011 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Shiraz 2011 Wallaroo Wines Riesling 2014 Wyndham Estate Black Cluster Hunter Valley Shiraz 2009       ENDS For media enquiries, photos or further information please contact Kylie White, White Ink Kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  Ph: 0401 408 080       One month to go till you can uncork at Balmoral 2014-10-01T06:16:02Z one-month-to-go-till-you-can-uncork-at-balmoral   Media Release October 1, 2014     One month to go till you can uncork at Balmoral!   Spring has well and truly sprung, and what better way to enjoy than at Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral,presented by North Shore BMW. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long until Sunday November 2nd when family and friends alike can delight in “uncorking” a Semillon or Shiraz by the beautiful shores of Balmoral.   This much-loved annual event is a must add to any diary. You really don’t want to miss out on this wonderful showcase of the fine wine and food from the Hunter Valley – after all, who could resist the opportunity to be wined, dined and entertained in a beautiful seaside location at Balmoral?   With only one month to go, the Hunter Valley is gearing up to bring you the very best of the region. Peruse the wines on offer from some of the finest wineries, including Allandale Winery, Bimbadgen, Briar Ridge, Brokenwood Wines, De Iuliis Wines, Misty Glen, First Creek, Hungerford Hill, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, Oakvale, Peterson House, Saddler’s Creek Wines, The Little Wine Co, Thomas Wines, Tulloch Wines and Tyrrell’s Wines ALL set to satisfy your Sunday afternoon.   It doesn’t stop there! What’s fine wine without fine food? Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral has it all to satisfy your hunger with Twine Restaurant and Verandah Restaurant offering up some of the Hunter Valley’s finest produce. The Butchers Bar will also be dishing up some delicious Hunter Valley treats – a perfect match for a Sunday Shiraz by the water’s edge. You can also find the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, Pukara Estate and Bar Coco, who will be there to provide you with some tasty morsels.   Sit back, relax and enjoy the wine, local produce and spring sunshine while being entertained by Daley Holliday, a dynamic duo of musicians breathing new life into a huge diversity of new and old classic songs. Their mix of rock, roots, jazz, pop and blues have all your music tastes covered.   And, if that’s not enough, this year at Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral you will also have the chance to win a two night weekend escape for four guests at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, including daily breakfast, a 3 course dinner for four at Infuzion Restaurant AND the use of a BMW vehicle from North Shore BMW for the duration of your visit.   Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral has something for everyone! Do not miss out on the fine wine, fine food and live music that is sure to make Sunday November 2nd the best Sunday in Spring.   Editor’s Note   Wine glasses and vouchers can be purchased upon arrival.   Last wine vouchers will be sold at 4.30pm, last wine poured at 4.45pm. FREE SHUTTLE BUSES operating approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event. NO BYO ALCOHOL or pets as per council food safety requirements.     ENDS   For further information, images, and interviews with participating winemakers and chefs, as well as media event passes, please contact:   Kylie White, White Ink kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  0401 408 080   An 'outstanding' opportunity to taste NSW #topwines and more under one roof 2014-09-17T00:38:26Z an-outstanding-opportunity-to-taste-nsw-topwines-and-more-under-one-roof   Media release 17 September 2014       An ‘outstanding’ opportunity to taste NSW #topwines and more under one roof   This year marks the second rendition of the revamped NSW Wine Awards, a highly prestigious awards program recognising the best wines from the diverse State of New South Wales. Again in 2014, wine lovers will have a unique opportunity to taste these #topwines for themselves at an ‘outstanding’ tasting event in the heart of Sydney.   The NSW Wine Awards, which have been running since 1996, culminates in a trophy presentation recognising NSW Top Wines, taking place over lunch at Simmer on the Bay on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Friday 31 October 2014.   The large format consumer tasting aptly tagged ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ will be held at Pier 2, Walsh Bay, for the second year running, on Thursday 30 October. Attendees can taste, chat and critique the wines judged as NSW’s #topwines alongside some of the State’s finest winemakers. The event will showcase wines from north to south, east to west in one convenient location and provide an opportunity to taste what will arguably be the best line up of NSW Wines Sydney has ever seen.   The highly sought after tickets are only $45* and will enable wine lovers to spend four hours tasting around 100 Gold, Silver and trophy winning wines and experience some of NSW’s best regional produce. Producers such as Pepe Saya, Olsson’s, Alto Olives, Brasserie Bread, The Loch, Hunter Valley Cheese Company and Dessertmakers will all be showcasing their gourmet specialties at this ultimate food and wine event. As an added bonus, attendees can keep their Riedel glass (valued at $20).  Guests will also be eligible to vote in the ‘People’s Choice’ award, giving them the chance to win an outstanding wine package valued at almost $1,500, including a selection of this year’s top wines and a selection of glassware courtesy of Riedel. Tickets to this superb event are limited.   Earlier in the day the newly created NSW Wine List of the Year will be awarded in a trade and media preview of the evening’s ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ event, also at Pier 2.   The NSW Wine Awards presentation lunch at Simmer on the Bay will see some 300 wine industry professionals gather for one of the last official industry catch-ups before Christmas and the 2015 vintage. The laughter and camaraderie among industry colleagues is sure to flow amidst the sunshine, as much as the award and trophy-winning wines, all matched to a $165 per person three course meal.   This year, NSW Wine has partnered with the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW to move the judging of the wine awards to Griffith, showcasing one of the State’s top wine regions.   Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, said the NSW Wine Awards celebrate the best of the State’s food and wine.   “Holding the judging component in Griffith this year enables us to showcase the array of gourmet offerings throughout one of NSW’s key food and wine regions, the Riverina,” Mr Stoner said.   “I look forward to the announcement of the NSW Top Wines for 2014, and encourage people to get along to the Outstanding on the Pier event in Sydney to taste the best of our State’s wines, complemented by fantastic local produce.”   Entries for this year’s awards have now closed and the judging of more than 800 wines will take place from 30 September - 1st October. This year’s judging panel is chaired by PJ Charteris and also includes well-respected individuals Matt Harrop, Russell Cody, Kate Goodman, Tom Hogan, Drew Tuckwell, Adrian Sparks, Liz Jackson and Toni Paterson.   ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ is open to the public from 5.00pm – 9.00pm on Thursday 30 October, and members of the media and trade are also welcome between 2.30pm and 4.00pm at which time the NSW Wine List of the Year will be awarded. The NSW Wine Awards presentation lunch at Simmer on the Bay will kick off from 12.00pm, for 12:30pm on Friday 31 October.   Ticketing information   Tickets to ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ Top Wine Tasting are available now at www.nswwine.com.au *Early Bird tickets are only $45 plus booking fee and available until 5 October unless sold out prior.   Tickets to the trade and media events comprising the NSW Wine List of the Year presentation are limited to trade and media only. Please contact events@nswwine.com.au for further information.   Limited tickets to the NSW Wine Awards Presentation Lunch at Simmer on the Bay will be available from 5 October 2014.     ENDS     For media enquiries, photos or further information please contact Kylie White, White Ink Kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  Ph: 0401 408 080   For further information regarding these events please contact Cristy O’Sullivan, NSW Wine events@nswwine.com.au Ph: 0409 535 120 We're Back! Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral returns this November 2014-09-10T02:40:26Z we-re-back-hunter-valley-uncorked-balmoral-returns-this-november     Media Release September 8, 2014   We’re BACK! Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral returns this November!   It’s official… You now have plans for the first Sunday of November. Hunter Valley Uncorked is returning for the 9th year running, this year presented by North Shore BMW, and will once again grace the shores of beautiful Balmoral beach on Sunday 2nd November kicking off at 11am What an ideal way to enjoy the spring season, with fine weather and the fine wine of the Hunter Valley, the perfect match to see out the weekend.   This much-loved annual event is ideal for a family day out – after all, what’s better than enjoying the seaside in spring and relaxing in the sunshine with many of the Hunter Valley’s premium wine and food producers. Friends and family alike delight in “uncorking” a Semillon or Shiraz as the perfect accompaniment to their Sunday afternoon.   Purchase a glass and tasting coupons on arrival and sip away your Sunday with the likes of Brokenwood Wines, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant and Tyrrell’s as well as some lesser known names such as Thomas Wines, Misty Glen and Allandale Wines. These wines make the perfect partner to the fine food on offer from a range of Hunter Valley restaurants and producers.   Hunter Valley Uncorked has something for everyone – fine wine, fine food and live music, making it the perfect spring day out. So whether you’re a wine lover eager to savour one of the region’s acclaimed wines or you simply wish to indulge in something special with friends and family of a Sunday, this year’s event is packed with delicious and exclusive surprises.   Start your festive season a little early with Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral – because who doesn’t love a good celebration? Save the date – Sunday November 2nd.   Editor’s Note   Last wine vouchers will be sold at 4.30pm, last wine poured at 4.45pm. FREE SHUTTLE BUSES operating approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event. NO BYO ALCOHOL or pets as per council food safety requirements.     ENDS   For further information, images, and interviews with participating winemakers and chefs, as well as media event passes, please contact:   Kylie White, White Ink kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au  0401 408 080 Wine Insights signs an exclusive agreement with Manassen Foods to market and promote Beelgara wines in China 2014-09-09T23:31:10Z wine-insights-signs-an-exclusive-agreement-with-manassen-foods-to-market-and-promote-beelgara-wines-in-china PRESS RELEASE 09 September 2014   Wine Insights signs an exclusive agreement with Manassen Foods to market & promote Beelgara wines in China   Wine Insights, the owner of the Beelgara wine brand, has signed a long term agreement granting Manassen Foods Australia the right to exclusively market, promote and facilitate the sale of Beelgara Wines in the People’s Republic of China.   Manassen Foods is part of the Bright Food Group, one of China’s largest distributors of Australian wine and food.   Commenting on the agreement, Managing Director of Wine Insights, Peter Toohey, said; “We have worked closely with Manassen Foods and their parent Bright Food Group for over twelve months to develop a range of Beelgara Wines for Chinese consumers, mindful of the subtle taste, style and packaging cues unique to that market.  We believe this collaborative approach will underpin the brand’s success in one of the world’s largest growing wine markets. It is our intention to work closely with the Bright Food Group to build the Beelgara brand into one of the top five Australian wines sold in China over the next three years.  Under the terms of the agreement, Beelgara will sell directly to Bright Food in China with Bright Food taking the Beelgara wines to market through its distribution business, ‘Joymax’.   Manassen Foods will market and promote the brand through multiple distribution channels, leaving Wine Insights to focus on wine quality, production and logistics.”   Wine Insights is one of Australia’s top 25 largest premium wine producers with the production capacity to grow the Beelgara brand to well in excess of 1 million cases.   The Beelgara Premium Selection 2012 Shiraz and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, currently being offered for sale through Joymax stores throughout China, have both been awarded a double gold medal in the 2014 China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA).  Winning such prestigious awards will only enhance the wines appeal during its launch in the lead up to the New Moon Festival, one of the peak wine selling periods of the year in China.                               Geoff Erby CEO with Bright Food Group Holdings, Manassen Foods has stated “Consistent with Manassen’s track record in successfully expanding imported citrus markets in China, it is a natural progression for us to now focus on supplying the burgeoning Chinese wine market. With the weight of the Bright Food Group underwriting our push to promote Beelgara wines, we are confident that the brand will have immediate sales traction”.   Ex CEO of Wine Australia, Andrew Cheesman, who has been working closely with Wine Insights, commented “this is a very significant agreement between Manassen Foods and Wine Insights. Its importance cannot be overstated, demonstrating a long term commitment by both parties to building the Beelgara brand in this key market”.   http://www.manassen.com.au                               http://wineinsights.com.au        http://www.brightfood.com                                      http://beelgarawines.com http://www.jq-sh.com   For more information please contact   Wei Li wli@manassen.com.au   Peter Toohey ptoohey@wineinsights.com.au Top 10 World Ranking for the Hunter Valley 2014-09-08T02:13:31Z top-10-world-ranking-for-the-hunter-valley Media Release 8 September 2014 Top 10 World Ranking for the Hunter Valley Celebrations are far from over for the Hunter Valley, with the recent successes of the 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show spilling over into news that American publisher USA Today’s readers have awarded the region a place in the top 10 Best Wine regions in the world to visit. This ranking sees the Hunter Valley sitting alongside Alentejo in Portugal, Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Maipo in Chile, Marlborough in New Zealand, Croatia, Napa Valley in California, Tuscany in Italy, Oregon and Virginia as the world’s best. General Manager of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association, Gus Maher, said “The Hunter Valley has seen some wonderful accolades in recent times, and this one yet again places us highly on the world stage in terms of Wine Tourism. The United States continues to be an important sector for the Hunter Valley for both inbound tourism visitors, and also wine exports.” The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most historic and revered premium wine regions, with fine food and dining abound, as well as hosting some of Australia’s most enjoyed events. This combination ensures that the Hunter Valley provides an unforgettable experience time after time. Coupled with the outstanding wines showcased and celebrated at the 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show last month, the Hunter Valley is enjoying a serious amount of well-deserved success! Nominees were carefully selected by an expert panel, before being voted into winner slots by USA Today readers. For more information on events in Sydney and NSW, visit www.sydney.com and www.visitnsw.com.   ENDS For media enquiries, interviews and photo opportunities please contact:- Kylie White, White Ink  PH 0401 408 080  kyliewhite@whiteink.com.au