Bathurst raises a glass
Orange's wine region is well-known these days, but not so that of its twin city, Bathurst. The Bathurst wine region has a total of 30 hectares of vines shared among 14 vineyards, holding 18 different grape varieties. And Bathurst is home to an important cool-climate wine competition – it has a wine festival, and this year the third annual Bathurst By The Glass event will be held at Mount Panorama Estate on February 16, midday to 5pm. Entertainment includes music and bush poetry, food is provided and a courtesy bus operates to and from Rydges Mount Panorama hotel. Tickets cost $79. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrivederci, off on tour
Brisbane-based winemaker and master of wine Peter Scudamore-Smith is leading tours to Italian wine regions this year. The tours are premium quality and combine wine, gastronomy and culture. The party is limited to 12, accommodation is in luxury old-world hotels central to the cities, and top wine estates and restaurants are visited. One tour focuses on Sicily (October 5-15, $5400 a person, twin share, without airfares); the other goes to Tuscany and Piedmont (September 23 to October 3, $6500). The itineraries and details are on the website, uncorkedandcultivated.com.au. Phone Denise on 0412 403567.
One down, more to go?
The recent sale of Parker Coonawarra Estate to the family-owned Hesketh Wines of Adelaide has taken some of the pressure off the Rathbone Wine Group. The group is still open to offers for the other properties in its portfolio, but has stressed it remains committed to the wine industry for the long term. The group owns Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyards (Grampians region), Xanadu (Margaret River) and Yering Station (Yarra Valley). The Parker Estate purchase was negotiated by Jonathan Hesketh, son of well-known wine broker Robert Hesketh. Their Hesketh brand markets wines as diverse as Barossa Valley shiraz, Eden Valley riesling and Austrian gruner veltliner. The price for the estate was not disclosed. It is understood Pete Bissell at Balnaves Wines will continue to make the Parker wines.