Tuesday 11 April 2017

The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren Winery Mudgee

Blue Wren, nestled amongst the vines and situated in one of New South Wales premium wine regions –Mudgee in Central West New South Wales- has recently launched its new boutique homestead accommodation, The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren.

Offering guests unique, country hospitality, coupled with a contemporary and luxurious style, The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren provides guests with an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Central West’s thriving wine region.

To celebrate the launch of the latest addition to the stunning boutique winery, The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren has just released special Autumn Accommodation Packages starting from only $170.00 per night.

Guests can stay overnight from Sunday in the one room suite for a reduced rate of $170.00 per night, with a complimentary Cellar Door experience in the Tasting Room @ Blue Wren. Or choose to stay at The Farmhouse two room studios for a reduced rate of $190.00 per night, also with a complimentary Cellar Door experience.

Or for a luxurious weekend getaway to NSW’s spectacular country side stay a Friday or Saturday night at The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren in the one room suite for a reduced rate of $280.00 per night, including a complimentary Cellar Door experience. Or choose to stay at the two room studios for a reduced rate of $300.00 per night, also including a complimentary Cellar Door experience.

Situated three-and-a-half hours’ drive from Sydney, Blue Wren is only a few minutes from the heart of the Mudgee Township - where guests can explore and discover the small town that offers plenty of old world charm and ambience. In recent years the region has grown into a thriving wine and food producing district - with award-winning wineries, first class restaurants and stunning views of the NSW country side.

Guests can take the opportunity to dine at the Chef’s Table @ Blue Wren, located at the winery’s recently refurbished intimate restaurant. They can dine as Head Chef and owner Kip Harris showcases first-hand, an innovative menu using only the finest produce matched with Blue Wren’s latest wine releases, ranging from the new Verscato, to Rose and even a White Port to end the night.

Limited to only seating 20 people, guests are invited to dine either at an intimate table in the restaurant, or positioned at an exclusive place at the Chef's Table. Here guests are open to discuss every part of their culinary journey with the Chef – making it a truly memorable and engaging dining experience.

Guests can then finish their night nestled at The Farmhouse offering a delightful mix of luxurious country accommodation, paired with stunning views of the vineyard from the five-bedroom boutique property. Each room offers an individual contemporary design, featuring king beds, quality linen, and deluxe bathroom amenities.

The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren is the perfect location for your next visit to Central West NSW. A showpiece in the region with its outstanding boutique accommodation and first class restaurant – the accommodation is ideal for corporate travellers and individuals, couples, groups and extended families & friends.

The Farmhouse @ Blue Wren Wines is quickly becoming the ‘must stay’ destination for those wanting to explore regional New South Wales.

For further information please visit: www.bluewrenwines.com.au

Monday 3 April 2017

Neil McGuigan just back from Canada


David Ellis

WINE consortium Australian Vintages Limited that embraces McGuigan Wines, Miranda, Nepenthe, Tempus Two and Passion Pop, has plenty of reason to raise a glass or three to vino enthusiasts in Canada,  because last year those enthusiastic Canadians downed a whopping 2,340,000 bottles of AVL's wines.

McGuigan Wines Chief Winemaker, Neil McGuigan who's just back from a visit to Canada, says that's a 128 per cent increase on sales of five years ago. And Canada overall is now Australia's fourth biggest wine export market after mainland China, the United States and the United Kingdom, with sales of a near 50,000,000 cases in the twelve months to September last year worth AU$190,000,000.

Interestingly our reds outsell our whites in Canada two-to-one, being matched on the table as Neil McGuigan found, with some interesting offerings. "Australian reds are generally popular matches with lamb and beef wherever you go," he says. "But in Canada where game meats are so abundant, you'll actually find these wines equally popular on restaurant and home tables with such options as reindeer, boar, moose and rabbit.

"And if you are visiting Canada and want to try some of those game meat offerings, which you really should do, and have an Aussie red with them, a Cabernet Merlot such as our Black Label is a good match and quite readily available.

"Also with Canada having some of the best seafood in the world, a white like Bin 9000 Semillon that's also widely available across Canada, makes for a great match with the wonderful British Columbia salmon."

[] PERFECT match, British Columbia salmon and white wine at The Pines, Jasper. Diners and wine buffs last year downed a whopping 2,340,000 bottles of Australian Vintages Limited wines in restaurants, hotels, cafés and homes across Canada. (Image: The Pines Jasper)

3 Apr 17