Wednesday, 21 November 2012

A Taste of things to come as Optimiste Unveils their ‘Tasting House’

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Optimiste, a boutique family owned Mudgee winery, proudly unveiled the refurbishment of its 100 year old homestead at the grand opening of its ‘Tasting House’ on 17th November 2012.

Sharlene and Steve Dadd have been successfully growing grapes on their picturesque Mudgee Estate and producing high quality handmade wines under the Optimiste label, loosely meaning ‘hope & passion’ in French, for almost 15 years, but this week they welcome guests for the first time to their very own ‘Tasting House’.

In keeping with the extreme quality, style and personality of this small yet fine wine brand, the ‘Tasting House’ will enable Optimiste to showcase their wines and establish a presence in the Mudgee region for wine tastings and sales as well as the opportunity to sample the finest local produce and even showcase Mudgee artwork. The perfect blend of wine, food, art and history.

The Tasting House was lovingly transformed from an old, derelict farmhouse on the Mudgee property into an Australian homestead-come-French provincial inspired farmhouse. It’s so much more than just a cellar door, retaining its country charm and character with wide wrap around verandahs overlooking the property and expansive valleys. The ‘Tasting House’ is situated in the heart of the Optimiste vineyards with picturesque views that are quintessentially Mudgee. A warm, bright and relaxed nest in the hills.

The “Tasting House” was the original Mullamuddy Homestead built by the Rayner family and dating back to the early 1900’s and will feature on its historic walls the latest exhibitions from local artists, with a new artist featuring every two months as well as the annual ‘Optimiste Artist in Residence Program’ providing the opportunity for a selected artist to stay on the farm and find inspiration from the surrounding beauty for their works.

Established since 1998, Optimiste is an established award-winning wine producer, with their full range of new release wines available for you to try at the ‘Tasting House.’ James Halliday’s 2013 Wine Companion has recently awarded both Optimiste’s Limited Release Mudgee Semillon 2011 and Mudgee Shiraz 2010 to receive an outstanding rating of 90. Optimiste’s accomplished winemaker, Jacob Stein, was also recently announced as ‘The Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of The Year’, and proudly chatted with guests at the grand opening celebration about Optimiste’s latest offerings.

The Optimiste ‘Tasting House’ is 12kms from Mudgee, located on Horseflat Lane, Mullamuddy (just off Castlreagh Highway) and is open Friday, Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10am - 4pm

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