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The Yal Yal vineyard

The Gillies family acquired the vineyard in 2009 and committed themselves to producing wine which is representative of our terroir, the nuances of each vintage and the region. Planted in 1997, Yal Yal Estate is located in an east-west valley in Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. Our 2.5 hectare site (6 acres) is planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In addition we source excellent fruit from other local producers – currently managing over 15 acres of vines and producing 2000 cases of wine each year. Our focus is to produce the highest quality fruit taking account of the uniqueness of our terroir and doing all we can to respect and enhance the sustainability of soil and vineyard biota. We do...

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Mitchelton working with the land.

Committed to protecting the environment of our picturesque backyard, the team at Mitchelton is a proud custodian of a sustainable and distinct eco-system inspired by our ever-present neighbour, the Goulburn River. Bordered by red gums and indigenous flora and fauna – the river plays an intrinsic part of a sensitive natural cycle, which inspires a holistic approach to winemaking. To further minimise our environmental impact, we have adopted several pioneering Environmental Management Systems. These include the introduction of an innovative wastewater wetlands process which uses indigenous native reed species to provide natural filtration of water used to irrigate the vineyard, minimal use of synthetic pesticides, composting of winery bi-product waste and the responsible resourcing of recycled packaging. Our vineyards produce...

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Château Tanunda Crowned 'Best Australian Producer' 2020 at Berlin Wine Trophy

I am pleased to announce that Château Tanunda has been crowned the “Best Australian Producer” at the Berlin Wine Trophy 2020 for the 8th year running. It is a prestigious honour to win in their historic 130th anniversary year, making it the 10th in the past 11 years.  With over 13,600 wines submitted from 40 countries, the Berlin wine trophy is the world’s largest wine competition and particularly crucial to the eu and uk markets. On a world scale, this places Château Tanunda in the elite wineries with no other Australian wine producer having ever achieved this title for ten years.    The announcement comes on the back of Château Tanunda being awarded 8 gold medals at the Berlin trophy ‘Winter’ tasting...

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