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3rd Generation Barossa Winemaker Joins Dural Wines

Dural Wines – Kaesler and Saint and Scholar brands, is excited to welcome 3rd generation Barossa winemaker, Tim Dolan to the Dural team. 

Son of Nigel and grandson of Bryan, arguably two of the most influential Australian winemakers of their respective eras, Tim not only has the pedigree, but the passion, experience and qualifications to go with it. Awarded Dux of the famous Len Evans Tutorial in 2018, Tim has a degree in Oenology from the University of Adelaide and is regularly selected as a judge on the Australian winemaking circuit. 

Dural Wines CEO Catherine Turnadge said, “we are excited to have Tim on the team, making the wines his own and taking them to the next generation”. 

After 10 years as the Senior Winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines and various vintages in different regions across USA, Italy, Canada and Australia, Tim said, “I am looking forward to working with the vineyard assets at Kaesler and making not only the Shiraz that it’s famous for but also my favourite red variety, Grenache. In addition, it will be exciting to be a part of building Saint and Scholar with Stephen Dew, through crafting exceptional wines from the unique Gumeracha estate in the Adelaide Hills”. 

Tim commences as the Chief Winemaker with Dural on the 19th September 2022, joining Senior Winemaker, Stephen Dew. 

The creator of Kaesler’s famous “The Bogan” shiraz; Reid Bosward, will be handing over the reins to Tim, to take on other agricultural pursuits with Duxton Bees and regenerative farming. He will remain an important part of the business, passing his passion and knowledge to the next generation of Kaesler custodians. 

Kaesler Wines: Home to some of the Barossa Valley’s most highly regarded estate grown premium wines including: Old Bastard, Old Vine, The Bogan and Avignon. 

Saint and Scholar: Modern wines made from grapes sourced from the unique Gumeracha vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. 

New CEO of Pure Wine Co. takes national stride with Pepper Tree Wines and Longview Vineyard.

Fast-growing sales and distribution business Pure Wine Co recently signed Hunter Valley’s gem, Pepper Tree Wines, and will now nationally distribute its long-term Adelaide Hill partner, Longview Vineyard.

Pure Wine Co is a globally recognised distributor and importer of fine wine. Their portfolio represents carefully selected family wine producers, focusing on the best market representation in Australian and international markets.

Daniel Killey, Pure Wine Co’s newly appointed chief executive officer said, “Our focus is on attracting and retaining the best team and wine brands possible. The onboarding of Pepper Tree Wines and the national appointment of Longview Vineyard is a testament to this.

“Pure Wine Co has the potential to become one of Australia’s major distribution businesses. Our ambition is to build the most desirable portfolio, and the domestic market is key to our success.”

Pepper Tree Wines has been a beacon for quality wine in the heart of Hunter wine country for thirty years. Founded in 1991, it continues to flourish as one of the stalwart wine companies in the region.

While Pepper Tree Wines started with a focus solely on grapes from the Hunter Valley, almost three decades on, head winemaker Gwyn Olsen is making consistently great wines drawing on multi- regional vineyards. From Hunter and Orange in New South Wales to prized patches of soil in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully in South Australia.

“Having a distributor of this calibre and dynamism taking on our portfolio is both important and exciting, and we look forward to our next chapter. Sales and distribution are a significant aspect of our business, and we believe we have appointed the best company to do this for us”, said John Davis, Pepper Tree proprietor and managing director.

Longview Vineyards’ proprietor, Peter Saturno, is also thrilled to distribute nationally with Pure Wine Co and believes this new agreement solidifies the joint commitment between the two parties.

Since the first vintage in 2001, Longview Vineyard has become one of Adelaide Hills’ most awarded wine producers. Set on undulating slopes reminiscent of classic old-world estates, this family-owned single vineyard has a unique micro-climate suited to growing cool climate white and red wine styles.

“Having been distributed by Pure Wine Co in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia for eleven years, we are extremely excited to be moving to a national distribution model with Pure Wine Co,” said Peter.

Based in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, Pure Wine Co operates throughout Australia, servicing independent on- and off-premise and multiple national retail accounts.

Pure Wine Co will represent Pepper Tree Wines and Longview Vineyard nationally from 1 September 2022 - to find out more about their portfolio and meet your local Pure Wine Co representative, phone 08 8339 7883.

Barossa Cider Co win big at the 2021 Cider Australia Awards

We are thrilled to announce Barossa Cider Co’s Squashed Cloudy Cider was awarded ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best Australian Cider or Perry’ and ‘Best Specialty Cider or Perry’ in the New World Medium Sweet Class at the 2021 Australian Cider awards, held last night, February 2nd 2022. Hosted by Cider Australia, the show is in its tenth year, and celebrates excellence in the Australian cider category that is rapidly growing.

“As a family owned business, we are really proud for this national recognition, making the past 8 years of hard work worthwhile. It’s an exciting time for the industry, our brand and the innovation pipeline for the category we have in the works” said Oscar Bowen, Co- Owner and Director.

“Our aim when we started Barossa Cider Co business was to produce the best possible easy drinking cider that would appeal to a broad demographic using only 100% real Australian Apples and Pears”, said Oscar Bowen.

Barossa Cider Co was established in the Barossa Valley in 2014, after an idea around the dinner table that lead to Oscar and Hugo Bowen travelling around Europe and the UK to conduct some market research into the category. It was there where they decided on a production style inspired by best in class cider making techniques combined with family wine-making experience. Hand crafted in the Barossa Valley using 100% hand-picked fresh Australian apples and pears, the family owned Barossa Cider Company produces an authentic tank fermented Squashed Cider using luxe Champagne yeast. The Result? The finest multi-award-winning, totally natural ciders that are full-bodied, long, lean and crisp.

Exciting new partnership with St Johns Road and Pure Wine Co

ContemporaryBarossa Valley winery St Johns Road, is proud to announce a new distribution partnership with fast-growing sales and distribution business Pure Wine Co. 

Amember of The Usual Suspects Collective (TUSC), St John’s Road Barossa has long been synonymous with crafting cutting edge Barossa wines styles. WinemakerJames Lienert’s focus is on bright, freshly coloured and full flavoured wines, albeit with an overriding theme of elegance and drinkability - ‘Modern BarossaValley Reds and Pure Eden Valley Whites’. In keeping with that ethos, the presentation of the wines underwent a significant overhaul in early 2020 to align the labelling with the wine styles. Jonathon Hesketh (Principal deb tholder at TUSC) says that the need for fresh, contemporary presentation was critical to reflect the modern Barossa wine styles in the bottle. “With winemaker James Leinert at the helm and the branding and wine style now aligned, Covid (somewhat ironically) gifted us the opportunity to pause and align our distribution arrangements. The team at Pure Wine Co. are a great fit for St John’s Road – not only for the brand and their portfolio, but also for the people and alignment in thinking. We’re more than confident that they’re the right partner to take St John’s Road Barossa to the next level.” 

Based in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, Pure Wine Co. operates throughout Australia, servicing both independent on and off premise outlets as well as the multiple national retail accounts. “Pure Wine Co is thrilled to welcome St John’s Road to our portfolio, and we look forward to working with the team behind this modern Barossa property and it’s wines,” said Pure Wine Co. CEO Casey Mohr. “A brand that showcases modern Barossa wines through flavours of elegance, style and longevity makes for exciting addition to the Pure Wine Co portfolio.” 

Barossa Cider Co takes out a double win at the 2021 Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards

Barossa Cider Co are thrilled to announce their Squashed Apple Cider was awarded ‘Best Cider

in Show’, ‘Best South Australian Cider Exhibit’ and the Gold Medal at the 2021 Royal Adelaide

Beer and Cider Awards.

This follows up Barossa Cider Co’s success at the last Cider Australia Awards, in 2019, taking out

the 3 major Trophies for Best in Show, Best Australian Cider, Best New World Cider and the

Gold Medal with a score of 97 points for it’s Squashed Apple Cider.

Barossa Cider Co’s other products, Squashed Pear and Squashed Cloudy Cider were both

awarded Silver Medals.

“As a family owned business, established in 2013, we are really proud our ciders have

consistently been awarded these accolades,” said Oscar Bowen, Co-Owner and Director.

“Our aim when we started this business was to produce the best possible easy drinking cider

that would appeal to a broad demographic using only 100% SA grown Apples and Pears, and we

are extremely proud to receive this validation of what we originally set out to achieve.”

Barossa Cider Co Squashed Apple Cider – Gold Medal

‘Best Cider in Show’

‘Best South Australian Cider Exhibit’

Barossa Cider Co Pear Cider – Silver Medal

Barossa Cider Co Cloudy Cider – Silver Medal

Mitchell Wines generational shift continues with Pure Wine Co. Partnership

Clare Valley stalwart, Mitchell Wines has announced a new distribution partnership with fast-growing sales and distribution business Pure Wine Co.

 

The winery is now managed by the third generation of the Mitchell family, with General Manager Angus Mitchell saying the move to Pure Wine Co. was an exciting step towards ongoing success for the brand.

 

Mitchell Wines recently evolved its branding, and has introduced several new styles, including its contemporary collection Kinsfolk which includes an off-dry Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Grenache and Shiraz and to date has only been available direct to consumer via the winery website and cellar door sales.

 

Mitchell Wines was previously represented in the market by Red + White, with Angus thanking the Red + White team for its vital contribution to the success of the winery for many years.

 

“Our family has an excellent relationship with Red + White, which has spanned more than 30 years,” Angus said.

 

“Maintaining strong, respectful relationships remains a core value for us, and we genuinely are grateful for everything Red + White has done for Mitchell Wines over the years.

 

“With the recent generational shift, brand refresh and the launch of our new collections and styles, we knew it was time to explore different options within the marketplace– and Pure Wine just felt right, they are good people with good values and the right fit for us.”

 

Based in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, Pure Wine Co. operates throughout Australia, servicing both independent on- and off-premise as well as the multiple national retail accounts.

 

“Pure Wine Co is thrilled to welcome Mitchell Wines to our portfolio and we look forward to this new chapter with an iconic brand that is a true representation of the Clare Valley region and it’s wines,” said Pure Wine Co. CEO Casey Mohr.

“A brand with rich family history in winemaking, viticulture and innovation makes for an exciting addition to the Pure Wine Co portfolio.”

 

For Angus, and siblings Edwina and Hilary, the partnership speaks to a focus by both businesses on quality.

 

“We are a proudly family owned and managed winery, with history and integrity, that is heading in a new direction under the next generation of Mitchells,” Angus said.

 

“We see this as a really exciting move that will ensure venues and buyers have exposure to Mitchell Wines, and see for themselves the recent changes and updates to our collections."

 

“One of the first steps will be making Kinsfolk available to on-premise – the feedback we have received from the public on these wines has been sensational and we can’t wait to get them in the hands of our on-premise friends throughout Australia.  The only exception to this is the Kinsfolk Gruner Veltliner, as we don’t have the volume to support on-premise distribution at this point in time.”

 

Pure Wine Co will represent Mitchell Wines from 28 June, 2021. Distribution of Mitchell Wines in the Northern Territory will remain with Thomas Chin and a further announcement is to come regarding distribution in Tasmania.

 

To find out more on Mitchell Wines and meet your local Pure Wine Co representative, phone 08 8339 7883.