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BIER & BROCKENCHACK IN BERLIN

Trevor and Darren ventured across the globe to Germany in April 2017 in support of our German Distributor based in Berlin; The Fine Australian Wine Company. Dr Frank Kautter had arranged two superb wine dinners in which to feature our range of Brockenchack wines, one in Berlin and the other just out of Stuttgart in a Michelin Star restaurant. While there the lads indulged in some great German beer, pork knuckle & sauerkraut. They also toured through the Rheingau - the birthplace of Riesling - with visits to Schloss Johannisberg and Winery Robert Weil. Read on to see what they got up to.

BERLIN, BERLIN – WHAT A HAPPENING TOWN

April 20, 2017

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…

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MUSE MAGIC

April 22, 2017

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…

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GOLDBERG ELEGANCE IN FELLBACH

April 24, 2017

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…

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WINE TIME IN THE RHEINGAU

April 25, 2017

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…

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THE USA IN A WEEK!

Follow Darren’s whirlwind trip through the States to introduce some keen American wine lovers to the world of Brockenchack; Single Vineyard, Eden Valley finesse.

DAY 1: SACRAMENTO

May 7, 2016

Life moves fast. In America, it moves really fast! To organise a trip to the states and visit 5 different cities and coordinate a wine tasting and dinner in each was an effort in itself. Flying into San Francisco, I collected my travel buddy Brett and a boot full of wine and we took off…

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DAY 2: SAN FRANCISCO

May 8, 2016

Slow start to our second day… we rolled out of Sacramento after a quick thank you to our great hosts, Gary and Bonnie. The Sunday traffic on Mother’s Day back into San Francisco was a crawl and a 2 hour drive doubled. We arrived at our modest digs for the night courtesy of good friend…

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DAY 3: MINNEAPOLIS

May 9, 2016

5.00am start and we were through security and on our way to the northern state of Minnesota. Never taking my finger of the pulse, I managed to talk about Brockenchack Wines to my fellow traveler sitting next to me on the plane and had yet another dozen of our finest sold, thanks John Petito. Landed,…

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DAY 4, 5, 6: CHICAGO

May 10, 2016

The Windy City… crisp, clean and very friendly are the words that best describe this town on  beautiful Lake Michigan. Logistics were challenging here but big thanks go out to Brockenchack’s good friend Chip Miceli who is the office equipment king of the Mid West – he stepped up and sorted everything for me. I had a…

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DAY 7: DALLAS

May 13, 2016

Another day, another Airport. Left Chicago on a stunning spring day and headed into the Mid South state of Texas – that’s right, the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, as well as oil fields, big ribs and unbelievable Tex Mex food! Scott and Ann Wiggins were our hosts and kindly put us up at their home…

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DAY 8: DALLAS

May 14, 2016

The last day on our US tour was at good friend Ken Copeland’s house. We had discussed in Chicago that what most Texans are really interested in, is what meat to put on the BBQ! After a great meal at the restaurant with Scott and Ann, Brett and I were taken to an institution in Dallas; the…

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HONG KONG VINEXPO 2016

I attended the 2016 Hong Kong Vinexpo in the last week of May. Brockenchack Wines went along as part of the Wine Australia stand, representing the Barossa region and boy the team at Wine Australia did a great job!

3 DAYS IN HONG KONG

May 26, 2016

24th – 26th MAY 2016 I was very proud to be a part of this stand and the representation of quality Australian wine. Australia really has a great reputation around the world of quality, honesty and integrity. This is thanks to the hard work and great ethics of the many Australian wineries and winemakers who have…

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SHANGHAI SHENANIGANS

Brockenchack expands into China with a dedicated 9 course wine degustration dinner to showcase our wines to some top end Chinese delegates. Read about Darren’s first visit to the land of rising sun.

3 DAYS IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

September 22, 2016

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…

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PARADISE FOUND… IN QUEENSTOWN, NZ!

Follow Darren and Trevor’s trip through the picturesque Queenstown area in Central Otago, New Zealand. This was our first ‘trade’ visit here, after exporting our first pallet across the ditch to Megan, our girl on the ground in Queenstown. In an attempt to build the Brockenchack name in this beautiful Alpine village we several of the finest restaurants and resorts to show them our range of wines.

DAY 1: BANNOCKBURN

September 12, 2016

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…

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DAY 2: QUEENSTOWN

September 13, 2016

My turn to fly into Queenstown… I’d never been here before and what a truly magnificent spectacle. Flying into this tiny South Island town is a memory I will not forget. Snow-capped mountains on both sides of the plane, guiding you like open arms straight to New Zealand’s eco-playground. Trev and Megan met me at…

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DAY 3: QUEENSTOWN

September 14, 2016

Early start today with our first appointment was at Eichardt’s Private Hotel, positioned looking directly down the Lake. You can just tell on walking in that this is an establishment of quality. They feature the most expensive accommodation in town with their Penthouse Suite being the ultimate in luxury. This historic landmark was established in…

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DAY 4: GLENORCHY & QUEENSTOWN

September 15, 2016

Today was a special treat, unbeknownst to us. A 45 min drive along the lake towards Glenorchy and we arrive at the magnificent Blanket Bay Resort. This is not your normal resort. Established by the CEO of Levi jeans back in the 1970’s, this was pure luxury meets Grizzly Adams’ lodge. We were treated to…

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