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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
Rolf Binder is one of the Barossa's quiet achieving superstars, recipient of the most conspicuous national accolades, Barossa Winemaker of Year and Best Small Producer, Best Barossa Shiraz Trophy and coveted listing in the illustrious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Binder's focus has always been on old vines fruit, in particular, the abstruse canon of early settler varietals which populated Barossa Valley during the 1840s. Wild bush vines Mataro, picked off patches at Tanunda along Langmeil Road, ancient growths of Grenache from Gomersal and Light Pass. Rolf's tour de force are eight superlative rows of Shiraz, established 1972 by the Binders junior and senior, which yield a mere 250 dozen.. Seven decades of tillage at tanunda»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking tally of dozens national Trophies and.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
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Nugan Estate
Nugan Estate is a story of inspiration about a premium producer of estate grown wine based in Griffith New South Wales

The Nugan Group was founded in 1940 when a young Alfredo Nugan emigrated from Spain with his family to start a small fruit and vegetable packing operation in Griffith, New South Wales. Nugan's daughter in-law Michelle became responsible for the Group’s renaissance into one of Australia’s most successful agricultural enterprises. Looking beyond Australia’s shores, Nugan became the largest exporter of niche juice products to Asia in the Southern Hemisphere with production in excess of 70,000 tonne per annum.

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Michelle Nugan was named a NSW Telstra Business Women of the Year in 1996 and Australian Export Hero in 2000. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Tiffany was a 2004 Finalist for the NSW Telstra Young Business Women of the Year. The Nugans are passionate about the Riverina, fully sponsoring two annual programs to develop business skills in the region - WIRED, Women Innovating Rural Enterprise Development, and the Riverina Young Achiever Program.

In 1993 Nugan Group further diversified its operations planting vineyards and selling fruit under contract. From there, winemaking was a natural progression. Matthew Nugan built the winemaking estate into one of Australia’s Top 20 Wine Exporters. Nugan Estate Chief Wine Maker, Daren Owers, was named the Wine Society’s Young Wine Maker of Year 2004 - Member’s Choice. Today Nugan Estate owns 590 hectares of vineyards in Australia’s finest wine growing regions, making it the 18th largest vineyard holders in Australia.

Nugan Estate’s wineworks are located at Willbriggie, 30km south of Griffith. Using the best of old world techniques and new world technology, the winery offers a state of the art facility, built for quality wine-making, which allows the wine-making team to combine the latest technology with old and new wine-making practices to ensure Nugan Estate’s wines are of the highest quality. Manuka Grove is the Nugan family’s vineyard at Hanwood in the Riverina (15km south of Griffith), where the family home is located. Originally planted by the late Ken Nugan with citrus, today this 46 hectare vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Sangiovese and Durif – being home to Nugan Estate’s award winning Manuka Grove Durif. Fully drip irrigated, the vineyard benefits from complete water management and best vineyard practices to produce premium quality grape.

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Frasca’s Lane is the Nugan family’s vineyard in King Valley, north east Victoria. Situated in its own unique cool-climate micro-climate, this 100 hectare vineyard is fully drip irrigated, drawing its water from a 400 mega litre dam that feeds the picturesque trout stream dividing the property. This property is planted with 88 hectares of premium wine grape including Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Shiraz. McLaren Parish is in the McLaren Vale in South Australia. As McLaren Vale is home to Australia’s best Shiraz, this 10 hectare vineyard is solely dedicated to producing the best premium Shiraz possible. McLaren Parish is protected from rainfall variation, being drip irrigated from water held in two dams and protected by a license to pump nine mega litres of surface water.

Cookoothama is the Nugan family’s vineyard at Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina (40km south of Griffith). Cookoothama is the aboriginal word meaning “fertile land” and has been the name of this property since the 1800s. With fertile soils spanning 970 hectares, the property is divided into 335 hectares of premium wine grape (including Semillon, Verdehlo, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) and 325 hectares of olives. Cookoothama is protected from rainfall variation by a fully integrated drip irrigation system, which includes four bores and five licences to pump from the Murrumbidgee River flowing along the southern border of the property.

Talinga Park is the Nugan family’s vineyard at Hillston in the Riverina (108km west of Griffith). Talinga Park comprises of 700 hectares of sandhill country divided into 275 hectares of citrus and 115 hectares of premium wine grape. The citrus from this property supplies the family’s packing operations. While the grape ensures Nugan Estate can provide more approachable products at reasonable prices to the consumer taking advantage of Nugan Estate’s premium wine-making practices.

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