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‘Far From Ordinary’ in the USA

‘Far From Ordinary’ is the largest Australian wine promotion ever held in the USA and Brockenchack Wines is proud to be a part of it! We began exporting our wines into the US through DellaVino Imports in 2018. Prior to that we had been selling directly to private customers in the US, but are excited to now have ongoing representation of our single vineyard Eden Valley wines in the US. We look forward to seeing how Brockenchack Wines can grow within the States over the coming years. Contributing to that will be our presence at the upcoming ‘Far From Ordinary’ Aussie Wine Month roadshow – a tasting like never before. The Far from Ordinary campaign brings the experience of Australia to life through sight, sound, smell and…

VIETNAM AND SINGAPORE AWAIT

We were recently invited to participate in a bank hosted food & beverage export opportunities trade delegation to Vietnam and Singapore. We sent Darren Naylor along to get a feel for what the wine industries were like in these export markets. Before departing Aussie shores however, Darren kicked this trip off with a visit to Darwin, a relatively new domestic market for us. Accompanied by one of our premium Brother member Nick Struik, together they set off to visit an old friend who owns The Cavenagh Hotel (the former Darwin casino), which is now one of the best wine and steak restaurants in Darwin’s central district.  A great venue at which to host our first NT wine lunch. This lunch was all about crisp Mackenzie William…

German Travel Writers’ Review of Brockenchack

Translated copy from Jost and Juliane Bettinga’s ‘Wine-Travelling’ bog post of Feb 4, 2019: https://wine-travelling.de/weingut-eden-valley-brockenchack/ Excellent wine from the Eden Valley and Brockenchack Wines a rising star: “In the Eden Valley, world-class wines are produced!” This statement had us curious and moved us to make a trip to the wine region near the Barossa Valley. By chance, we found a very special vineyard there, whose wines we really liked very much. We found it particularly interesting that the winemaker is a career changer and only a few years ago found his way into the wine industry – without any studies or other background in wine growing. Find out more about the Eden Valley and the winery Brockenchack later in the article. The Eden Valley If you visit the…

BERLIN, BERLIN – WHAT A HAPPENING TOWN

Plane food and average wine was the start of my 26 hour long haul to Germany. Surely we can’t be far off being put into stasis for long haul travel! Just saying, it seems so much better. But then again, when would I catch up on a truck load of movies that I never got to see in my real life! My average travel experience did a complete 180 once I landed in Berlin and Dr Frank Kautter (our distributor in Germany) met Trevor and I at the airport. Frank lifted the bar straight away with a fantastic dinner in the beating heart of this hip city – so full of culture and beauty. Day two and we were straight into tastings and appointments which…

THE BERLIN MUSE MASTERPIECE

Saturday was the first of our two German wine dinners this trip. We travelled to the former East Berlin and Frank guided us through what was once a very different East Berlin. It is very easy to forget that the wall which surrounded this part of Berlin only came down in November 1989. We arrived at the home of Muse Restaurant owner (as the restaurant renovations had not been finished in time). In true German ingenuity, Tobias catered for 45 people in his apartment in a nod to their old days of hosting top quality supper clubs in their homes! And he executed it with flare and finesse. Canapes followed by 5 courses matched to our wines, including good old Aussie lamb to match one…

MICHELIN STARS IN FELLBACH

Sunday is a day of rest in many parts of the world and the good people of Berlin really take this on board. No shops open and while out for a quick morning run at 8.00am there was not a soul was around. Monday found us back at the airport and off to Stuttgart and the home of Mercedes, Porsche and Bosch, to name a few of the big companies in this town. Business meetings here are right up my alley. Outside in the sunshine while sipping on the local wine Trollinger. Then it was on to Fellbach and the Michelin Starred Goldberg Restaurant and Wine Lounge for our second German Brockenchack wine dinner. Trev and I were treated like royalty by the 40 guests as they…

WINE TIME IN THE RHEINGAU

The day after the night before, but no time to linger… It was a quick breakfast, car packed and we were off to the Rheingau, Germany’s premium wine region. You didn’t think I would just work the whole time did you! We did a quick run north of Stuttgart on the Autobahn and clocking over 210kms an hour in our rental Ford station wagon… every soccer mum’s dream! Our first winery visit was to Schloss Johannisberg – the oldest Riesling vineyard in the world. Its historical documents note the first mention of its vineyards back in the year 817! But it was in the 1700’s that the entire vineyard was planted out with only Riesling – the first instance of its kind. This was Trev’s…

3 DAYS IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

Shine bright like a diamond they say… well everything was certainly shining brightly as I flew into Shanghai International Airport. Arriving in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (3.00am) on the 20th September, I had time to explore before my representative and interpreter picked me up mid afternoon for the event. The hustle and bustle of this city is a little overwhelming for this small town wine merchant. There was an endless stream of people, on foot, on motorbikes, in cars, buses and trains. Yet for a city with 24 million people in it you can feel very alone as English is not a very common language. The glowing lights of the city that is divided by the famous Huanpu River was the perfect back drop…

NZ: FELTON ROAD FEVER

Trevor arrived a day ahead of me, so he and Megan took a drive through Central Otago wine country to Bannockburn. First grabbed some lunch in lovely Arrowtown and low and behold, who should they run into but some of our top premium members Gerry & Anne Turner! Small world. Trev and Megan headed on for their pre-arranged appointment at Felton Road – Trevor’s all time favourite Pinot Noir producer. He was as happy as the proverbial pig in mud! Bucket list…. check. Interestingly they noted that our Brockenchack Charli Jaye Chardonnay is equally as lovley as the beautiful Felton Road Block Chardonnays. (#winning)  

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