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  Giant Steps

Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering top class wines using hand-picked fruit from the estate's vineyards.

  S.C. Pannell

Stephen Pannell is one of Australia's top winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale.

  Pewsey Vale

With an average altitude of nearly 500 metres, Pewsey Vale Vineyard sits 250 metres above the Barossa Valley floor. The resultant cooler temperatures encourage a longer ripening period that is essential for producing superior Riesling grapes.

  Pirie

Renowned as one of Australia's most acclaimed sparkling wine labels, Pirie Tasmania evolved from Andrew Pirie's belief that Tasmania can be one of the great wine regions of the world.

  Philip Shaw

Philip Shaw found fame as winemaker for Rosemount Wines in the1980s. In 1988 he purchased the Koomooloo property near Orange, in NewSouth Wales. Philip Shaw Wines are made only from the grapes grown on the Koomooloo 47ha vineyard, most of which was planted in 1988/89. "I have waited a long time to make sure the vineyard has enough maturity before attempting to make wine from it."

  Tamar Ridge

Andrew Pirie, who pioneered wine in Tasmania at Pipers Brook in the 1970s, is now making fabulous wine - winning Gold Medals and Trophies in Australia and in the Decanter Awards in the UK.
The cool climate of Tasmania, where the average summer temperature is just 21C, is ideal for varieties such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
The exceptional fruit grown at the Devil's Corner and Kayena Vineyarda that forms the cornerstone of the Tamar Ridge awines. Located on the western banks of the Tamar River, 40 kilometres north of Launceston, the Kayena Vineyard is planted to a range of cool climate varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

  Tolpuddle Vineyards

First planted in 1988 with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Toluddle Vineyard In 2011 it was purchased by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith (of Shaw & Smith fame).It has an established reputation for producing grapes of exceptional quality.

  Willows Vineyard

The Willows Vineyard, situated at Light Pass in South Australia's Barossa Valley, has roots that go back to the very beginning of the Barossa.

Johann Gottfried Scholz settled in the Barossa Valley in 1845 as part of the colonisation of this superb valley and took up land that is now the Willows Vineyard. Previously a bonesetter in the Prussian army, Johann found his skills in demand as settlers fractured bones as they cleared the land, so he started a small hospital on the property.

The Scholz family, as well as being involved in the medical profession, ran a mixed farm on the property, first planting vines in 1936 followed by vineyard expansion in the 1960s. It was these vines that encouraged the sixth generation to break with the medical tradition and begin making wine. The wines of the Willows Vineyard were born with the release of the first vintages in 1989.

Peter's winemaking is the outcome of a Roseworthy College education followed by experience with several wineries in the Barossa. However much of the credit must go to Peter's grandfather for establishing the vineyard over 60 years ago and his father for his continued vineyard expansion and vision. The access to grapes produced by deep rooted mature vines, with controlled yields and the advantage of plenty of sunshine, is the cornerstone of the wine quality produced under the Willows Vineyard label.

The wines produced by the Scholz family are typical of the Barossa, showing full flavours and long soft structure. The Willows Vineyard has received many accolades for its wines, iIWC Golds for both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and the International Wine Challenge Best Semillon Trophy ifor its Semillon.

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