Southern Riverina wine company Restdown Wines took out its first award at the recent NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show.January 15, 2013 4:09am
Southern Riverina wine company Restdown Wines took out its first award at the recent NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show.
Judges enjoyed the Restdown 2011 Semillon, which rated a Bronze Medal ahead of many other boutique wineries across the state.
The company, which is operated by Jo and Don Hearn, is situated outside of Deniliquin and sits in the triangle between Barham, Deniliquin and Echuca. They planted their first vines in 1996 and started selling their first grapes to big wineries in 1999.
‘‘We’ve had a long-held passion for winemaking,’’ Mr Hearn said.
‘‘We established our own winery in 2002, and have since then run our business with a strong leaning towards sustainable eco-friendly/organic practices.
‘‘Winning this award is testament to the long arduous hours that winemaking brings.
‘‘Let’s face it: it isn’t pretty work. It has the perception that you sit under the vines drinking a glass of vino, however the work can be hot, dirty and hard — it’s incredibly rewarding though.’’
Mrs Hearn said while theirs was a small, boutique-style vineyard, output was growing each year and sales had doubled in the past six months.
‘‘We produce approximately 5000
‘‘We also believe strongly in the area and our local community, and as such are part of the recently launched Backroads Trail touring route.’’
She said the touring route invited visitors to ‘‘explore, taste and enjoy’’ their way through a variety of farm-gate enterprises and attractions in the fertile plains country.
Restdown has 7
It produces a range of varieties, including semillon (it has sold out of its award-winning 2011 range and is just about to bottle its 2012 vintage), chardonnay, merlot, sangiovese — (sometimes used for rose), cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.
Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy has experienced firsthand the problems with Shepparton's rail service.
Local football talent Dan Howe played well in his first game for reigning AFL premiership club Hawthorn last Thursday night.
A mighty cheer may soon be heard down Merrigum way; the town has officially saved its post office.
Campaspe’s top cop will recommend a new roster trial, which sees Echuca police cover outlying towns for up to 16 hours a day, become permanent practice.
New point-of-sale technology has been installed at three post offices across the district which has seen sales as much as triple in some stores.
Elusive small man re-signs with club
Owners walk dogs through Seymour to counter some misconceptions abiout the breed after devastating Four Corners program.
The NSW Coalition government will not waver in its approach to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Hot on the heels of the inaugural Heathcote Community Games, organisers have thanked the community for its effort in making the first games a success.
Cobram bus users and the bus operator are pushing for more services, more often.
A court case site visit has lead to the brief closure of the Cobb Highway at Mathoura.
Fruit Growers Victoria plans to give fruit growers in Victoria more on-farm support as a result of its organisational restructure.
In a joint operatin between Police and VicRoads, truck drivers were stopped on the Hume Highway with 12 vehicles issued with defect notices.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.