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The Vincast with Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

For the past fourteen years, Ashley Ratcliff has worked for arguably Australia’s most important family-owned wine business, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. Over those years he worked in many different elements of the business, from viticulture to marketing, operations to running one of the wineries. More recently he has established a vineyard in the Riverland – considered one of the warm-hot irrigated regions known for large volume grape production – and has been planting more alternative varieties to show the potential for these grapes in the region, particularly for high quality fruit. He has now thrown himself 100% into Ricca Terra Farms, and even has other plans for the future.

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Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

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Let’s Taste – Dirty Black Denim

I’ve been in contact with Lawrence Scanlon from Dirty Black Denim for a while through social media, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally met him in person. He and his brother make a range of wines, focused particularly on Italian grape varieties, and I’ve been hassling him to try some of them. I was thrilled to finally be able to do so with two of the recently released 2016 wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Dirty Black Denim 2016 wines

Dirty Black Denim 2016 wines

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June 29, 2016 · 3:22 pm

The Vincast with Ben Haines from Mount Langi Ghiran

Ben Haines wasn’t sure what he wanted to do as a career, but his father sensed that the wine industry would be a great option. After studies and experience in viticulture, he discovered that quality doesn’t stop once the grapes are harvested, it continues all the way through to bottling. Postgraduate studies in winemaking lead him on a career path that would include vintage experiences overseas, and eventually led he was appointed chief winemaker at famed Grampians estate, Mount Langi Ghiran. Ben spoke about his journey on this episode of The Vincast.

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Ben Haines from Mount Langi Ghiran

Ben Haines from Mount Langi Ghiran

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The Vincast with Kim & Tennille Chalmers from Chalmers Wines

I make no secret of my love for Italian wines, and also Italian grape varieties planted in Australia. For this episode of The Vincast I was very honoured and excited to talk to Kim & Tennille Chalmers who with their family have been at the forefront not only of importing Italian grape varieties for their nursery which are then made available for sale, but also for producing their own wine from fruit they grow themselves in Mildura and Heathcote. They joined me to chat about the origins of the business, how the Australian viticultural landscape and wine market has changed, and how they are educating trade, media and consumers alike of the potential many of these grapes have in Australia.

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Kim & Tennille Chalmers from Chalmers Wines (photo courtesy of TimeOut)

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