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Friday 24 November 2017

Younger winemakers descend on Tasmania

If you happen to be out and about in Tasmanian cellars this weekend, there is a good chance you'll come across some of the most famous names in the Australian wine industry. 

There will be Henschkes, some de Bortolis, a Barry, and a Taylor.

But these are not the famous names that Australian wine lovers might recognise; they are the next generation of Australia's First Families of Wine, visiting the Apple Isle for the first time. 

The Next Gen group is led by Katherine Brown from Brown Brothers, a fourth-generation winemaker, and has attended a Hobart Wine Show tasting and whisky sampling at Lark Distillery in Hobart. 

Tomorrow's activities include a visit to Devil's Corner, owned by Brown Brothers, with the trip wrapping up in the north of the state with a visit to Jansz (owned by the Hill-Smith Family). 

Two scheduled public events, and a media meet-up, fell through, leaving the group time to bond together with their peers from different regions of Australia. 

The group includes 11 of Australia’s leading wine talent for a weekend of wine education and vinous discussions with local winemakers and viticulturists.

On the trip are Katherine Brown, Anna, Sophie and Ben De Bortoli, Sally Webber (De Bortoli), Justine and Andreas Henschke (Henschke), Olivia Barry (Jim Barry Wines), Scott McWilliam (McWilliam’s), Monica George (Tahbilk) and Justin Taylor (Taylors). 

Australia’s First Families of Wine was established in 2009 to tell the tales, share the history and highlight the provenance behind some of Australia’s most iconic drops. Its 12 members represent over 1380 years of collaborative winemaking experience across 16 regions. 


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