Monday, 23 January 2017

Sustainable Organic Wines Farming at Tamburlaine Winery

At Tamburlaine, special attention is given to water, solid waste and energy management. Waste water is recycled. Recycling of glass, cardboard, paper is done. Special lights are used to save energy. Buildings are well-ventilated with proper insulation. Future initiatives include tapping into alternative sources of energy such as the use of solar energy for lighting and use of solar and wind energy for energy generation. Energy saving technologies might be employed by the winery in the future such as off-peak equipment operation. Tamburlaine is a part of Sustainable Advantage program, an initiative of New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change. Some of its goals include measuring carbon footprint, proper use of energy resources and reducing environmental risk.

Tamburlaine Wines is committed to Environmental safety which can be seen with its efforts of re-engineering its machines and equipment to reduce carbon emissions. Below are few examples-
·         Re-engineering Tamburlaine Winery fridge plant which saved 148 MWh energy and around hundred thousand dollars annually and cutting down carbon emission by 450 tons.
·         Similarly, Nitrogen generator was re-engineered bringing down annual cost by 75% and carbon emissions by 65%.
·         The vehicles at the winery run on biofuel, reducing carbon emission by 10 tons annually.
Tamburlaine is not only a member but has set a fine example for members of ‘Australian Packaging Covenant’ in recycled packaging.
Tamburlaine exports its organic wines to Canada, USA, China, Sweden, Japan, UK, Denmark, and Nepal. The winery may also tie up with Thailand, Korea, Norway, and Malaysia in future.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Casella Wines Australia - History, Vineyards and Popular Brands

If there is one wine company of Australia which can claim to hold a number of prestigious labels within its ambit, it is the Casella Wines Australia. It has went on to a acquisition spree in past few years to acquire wineries and consolidate its position in Australian wine market. Peter Lehmann, Morris Wines, Yellow Tail, Brand's Laira and Young Brute are the popular wine labels under its name.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Premium Red Wines- Above $10 or Above $50?

There are a number of wines available for wine drinkers in Australia. There are thousands of brands offering reds, whites, sparkling, organic, fortified, vegan, bio-dynamic and other types of wine varietals. Wine lovers have a range of choices in wines. However, one of the factors that is of vital importance is of price of wine per bottle. The price of wine depends on a number of factors and these hold the key to its being either cheap or premium. These factors are aging potential, cellaring period, organic or normal viticulture and some others.

Generally, wines less than $10 are considered to be cheap, whereas, those above $10 are considered premium. For some wine lovers, the range of premium wines is generally above $50. Thus, this is a highly subjective matter to know which are premium and which ones are not. Whether premium red wines are those above $50 or merely above $10 varies from user to users. Most would certainly agree on this that the under 10 red wines are cheap.

Red wines are produced and sold more than the white wines in Australia. Therefore, there are more people searching for different red wine varietals than the white wines.

Organic Red Wines are Expensive
Red wines which are organically grown are generally more expensive than the ones which are grown inorganically. This is because of the fact that the organic farms take years to switch from inorganic to organic farming methods and during this time period, vines are not grown. The investment done over these years is added to the cost of bottle when the wine is finally prepared to cover for expenses done.  
Aged Red Wines are Expensive
Some red wines age well, and really well. There is a marked differentiation in their characteristics as compared to the new wines which gives them primacy. Aging often involves long cellaring period, from a few years to many decades. The more aged is the wine, the more is the price but the condition is that the wine shall develop a good maturity and taste or flavour as it gets old.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

8 Tips to Buy Wines Online

Online shopping for wines is increasing globally. Assurance of totally safe deliveries, secure payment transaction, customer-friendly policies and right products has led to increase of sales. This is true for Australia as well where online retailing of wines if picking up fast.

tips to buy wine onlineWhen you buy wines online on these portals or websites, here are some important tips to take note of. These will help you in going about the buying process smoothly and without any hassles.

Tip No 1: 
Check for the physical address and contact details of the company to verify its physical existence.

Tip No 2: 
Read through the About Us section to know what the online wine store is all about. It tells about its beginnings and its objectives. You also get to know about the business model, people behind the company, infrastructure and other details.

Tip No 3: 
Do not miss the policies. It is a good idea to check the shipping and returns policies since these directly concern the delivery process. You would need to whether the company is providing delivery to your location and will know till what time the company is accepting the returns and under what conditions. The online wine store which has a customer-friendly policy is more likely to get orders.

The other policies which have to be considered are privacy policies and terms and conditions. The former tells which information provided by you will be used by it and in what manner. It shall also provide for sufficient protection measures about the security and safety of data. If you find that this policy contains terms which are not to your liking, then you shall first seek clarification from the store on such conditions.

Tip No 4: 
Grievance redressal procedure. Does the company have clearly defined process of redressal of grievances? Does it mention how long it takes to resolve the issues? While it is unlikely that any online wine store will let any grievance to arise, but even if it does arise, the store shall mention the contact details of people who will handle these queries and provide right solutions.

Tip No 5: 
Reviews and Testimonials. You would certainly like to read the reviews about the wine shop as well as the wines. These reviews could be present on the site and also on the off-site resources, such as social media or business listing sites. Reading these reviews helps in taking decisions to buy wine online.

Tip No 6: 
License, Certifications, Accreditation, Awards and Memberships. Does the online store list its achievements of the past? If yes, then this gives more confidence to the buyers since the wine shop is considered to be credible and reputable.

Tip No 7: 
Payment types. What type of payment methods are available for use for ordering the products? Most of the companies offer card and non-card based payment methods. If payment type offered by online shop for wines is the one which you have, then it is no problem.

Tip No 8:  Deals and Offers. While shopping online for wines, it is important to look into the deals and offers being offered. These deals provide a way save more money and get good value in purchase. Never miss out looking for deals and discount coupons. Sometimes these shops have to clear their inventories and might offer very favorable terms on wine purchase. 

Growth of Shiraz Wines in Australia

Let us first take some general statistics of wines industry in Australia. This will help us understand the role of Shiraz wines in this island nation. About 60 percent production of wines in Australia is exported to other countries. Of the remaining 40 percent wines which are consumed in Australia, it is the wines from small wineries which see good domestic consumption and helps them remain afloat.
Red wines sales have grown in bottled form whereas white wines sales have grown in cask form. Recently, there is a surge in wine exports figures in terms of value which has shown that premium red wines and premium white wines are more in demand from Australia.

The Shiraz Performance

Australia witnessed an increase in plantings of Shiraz grapes in 1980s and 1990s which can be attributed to success of Australian brands like Jacob Creek and Lindemans in UK and Rosemount in UK and US. Government began to give tax subsidies to wineries planting new vineyards which boosted the planting in 1990s. With the yield of 422,430 tons of Shiraz grapes in 2005-2006, Shiraz became the most planted variety in Australia. And with this, Australia became the second largest Shiraz grape grower, just behind France.

By the year ending June 2016, Shiraz and cabernet sauvignon together notched up $727 million of export revenue together, making these top selling grape varietals.

Popular Shiraz Wines in Australia

Popular Shiraz / Syrah Wines in Australia
Popular Shiraz Wines in Australia

There are many popular shiraz wines available in Australia. These include the ones from brands such as Penfolds "Grange", the Henschke "Hill of Grace" and the Penfolds "RWT".

There has been a recent increase in demand for the organic wines. Important organic shiraz wines are produced by Coastal Estate, Tamburlaine, Yalumba, Gardeners Ground, Mount Horrocks and others.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Australian Agencies Which Certify Organic Farms for Wine-making

The nodal body which provides accreditation for organic farmlands.

NASAA Certified Organic 
Established in 1986 as the first organic certification agency in Australia. Accredited by IFOAM. Has international certification operations in 10 countries including Australia.

Organic Food Chain

Accredited with AQIS, NOP program of US and with EU. 

It is a certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ and is a subsidiary of AUS-MEAT.

Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
Largest certifier for both organic and biodynamic products. It is a subsidiary of Australia Organic Ltd. Commands a network of more than 1500 operators.

Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)
BDRI owns the DEMETER bio-dynamic trademark in Australia. Established in 1957, it encourages sustainable ecological activities.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

How to get great wines deals and offers online

Today, in the world of Internet, online wine stores give lucrative offers to attract customers. One can always search through multiple wine stores for cheapest and most suitable deals.

Frequent Buyer?
For users who frequently purchase wines, online deals are the first reference point as these provide the opportunity to save money. Online stores generally put wines of popular brands and new arrival wines on their deals page. Discounts are offered making the price not very taxing on buyer’s pocket.

Which deal should I take?
On seeing so many deals on different types of wines and on various stores, it is certain that buyers can get confused on which one to buy and which to leave. The answer depends totally on one’s brand preference, taste and requirement. One can find best online wine deals and offers with respect to various parameters, particular grape variety. Similarly, one can choose wines according to the pack size.

Types of Discounts
Users are given different types of discounts like flat discounts, percentage discounts, buy some get a few more for free, freebies and reward points for club members. So, there are multiple deal options to choose from.

When to look for deals?

One can find wine deals at any time. But during the festive season, every store pitches in with their offers offering discounted prices and giving fair deals to its customers. Some websites give daily, weekly and monthly deals to users. One can also subscribe to newsletters of the respective websites to get alerts on any new deal.