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  • Alternative History

    Beechworth’s own Mark Walpole recently took out the inaugural Viticulturist of the Year award at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) – granted in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the development of alternative varieties in Australia. The award gave him cause to reflect on the birth of alternative varieties in Australia, and the role that wine shows play in it.

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  • Time travel: Tempranillo

    The latest release from Fighting Gully Road is inspired by a visit to northern Spain more than 20 years ago. And it’s possible that some time travel has been involved – our newest release is a 2015 Tempranillo, when the 2016 has been out in the wild for quite a while now. Read on to understand why.
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  • A Sangiovese Story

    When chance brought Mark Walpole and fellow vigneron Alberto Antonini together on an international flight in 1997, the world of alternative varieties in Australia didn’t know what it was in for.

    The Sangiovese clone that existed in Australia from the 1960’s until that time was a bit like suburban Italian cuisine – a pretty disappointing imitation of the real thing. The decades of free love, radical growth and excess had created demand for grape clones that produced huge quantities, rather than the high quality that Mark and Alberto pursued.

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