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An Italophile from Way Back

Tony's decision to specialise in Italian varietals came as no surprise to his friends or family. After much research and with the help of Dr Alberto Antonini, a world renown oenologist from Tuscany, vines from some of Italy's leading vineyards were selected and sourced. These were propagated by Bruce Chalmers of Chalmers Nurseries in southern New South Wales and following Alberto's advice, were planted in the high density manner of a modern Italian vineyard.

The first vines to go in at Vale Creek were Dolcetto and Barbera in 2002. Arneis was planted in 2003, Sangiovese and more Dolcetto in 2004 and Pinot Grigio in 2005.

Liz and Tony have made numerous trips to Italy, visiting, and at times, working in wineries in Piedmont, Tuscany and Umbria.

In developing their unique winery and cellar door in Bathurst they have brought the best of Italy to our doorstep yet managed to retain the essential Australian character of their picturesque valley. Talk about a nice blend!

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