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Terroir – A Sense of Place

Terroir is a French term, which can literally be translated as “a sense of place.” The word itself is from terre, the French word for “earth”. The French term of terroir takes into account all of the environmental conditions which influence the growth of the vine and therefore, the composition of the grape itself. The […]

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Why Winemakers Love Their Wine Dogs

Aside from winemaking, one of my other great loves is writing, and I enjoyed putting pen to paper to write this blog for Travelling Corkscrew. Searching for photos took me off down memory lane too, and a few of tears were shed as memories popped up of each of my wine dogs … Wherever wine […]

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The Creation of our Wine Sensory Garden

It is 5 years now since the opening of  our Wine Sensory Garden to visitors at our Cellar Door. My first passion is making wine, but gardening is definitely my second passion! Neil and I wanted to provide our visitors with an extra special experience that linked food and wine in a unique way that […]

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Artisan Winemakers – Who and What are They?

What does the Term ARTISAN mean? The dictionary definition is ‘A person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson; A person who makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods. The authentic meaning and application of artisan has it’s origins in a simpler time when people took […]

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There is a Story in Every Bottle of Wine

In the Weekend Australian Magazine story about  Whicher Ridge by James Halliday on February 25th, Halliday states in one of his opening paragraphs that ‘Cathy and Neil Howard cumulatively took more than 40 years to establish Whicher Ridge’ and this statement really brought it home to me how long it has taken us, both apart […]

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