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New World, Old World – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

As the Brand Ambassador of an Australian producer of noble Austrian varieties, I have a bit of a Love/Hate relationship with the term ‘New World’. The main source of my consternation – like so many things in this fantastically fickle … Continue reading

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A Trio of Tempting Blaufrankisch wines – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

I am at an awkward age; I am young enough to see the value of social media but old enough to lament the often all-consuming influence it can have. I enjoy feeling connected to family and friends far away, especially … Continue reading

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Austria’s ever-evolving DAC structure – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

I would like to bring you up to speed on recent developments in Austria’s ever-evolving DAC structure designed to classify and categorise its wines, and to flesh out some observations made in previous Gru Files articles. So as to best … Continue reading

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The revered fruits of Altenberg – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

In global terms the Australian wine industry is still in its first flush of youth and while the approximately 200 years since our first commercial vintage seems like a long time ago to us, there are regions in Europe that … Continue reading

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Gruner’s recipe for success – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

In my last handful of articles I have written of my adventures seeking Gemischter Satz along the sun-dappled paths that crisscross the Vienna Woods and exploring the centuries’ old subterranean cellars under the Gruner-loving Weinviertel region. In this edition I … Continue reading

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Exploring Austria’s Reds – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

For the past decade at Hahndorf Hill we have been working to share our passion for Austrian varietals and a question I still receive with some regularity is: Why Austrians? Why in a market dominated by the so-called ‘noble’ grapes … Continue reading

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Reappraising the Weinviertel – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

I have a confession to make: In my life I have taken as gospel many things I have read or heard with little to no first-hand experience. I believe man went to the moon fifty years ago this month; in … Continue reading

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Hahndorf Hill explores the beauty of Blaufrankisch – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

Hahndorf Hill Winery   Adelaide Hills We at Hahndorf Hill have never shied from publicly declaring that we love drinking other people’s wines. I have written previously of the regular critical tastings we do after hours at the cellar door, normally a … Continue reading

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Three svelte Germanic rosés – By Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

Hahndorf Hill Winery   Adelaide Hills As vineyards across the region slowly awaken and stretch up into the warm lengthening days, so too do we, and the hearty recipes that got us through the cold dark months are rotated away and the … Continue reading

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Gruner Veltliner’s two predominant styles – by Jack Simmonds, Hahndorf Hill Brand Ambassador

Hahndorf Hill Winery   Adelaide Hills Regular readers of this blog will by now be familiar with the system that classifies the different styles of wines produced in Austria’s highest profile region, the Wachau. This system referred to as the Wachau Codex … Continue reading

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