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Thursday 19 April 2018

Tasmanian wine lovers to pay tribute to industry pioneer

Moorilla and Domaine A will on Sunday celebrate the enormous contribution Peter and Ruth Althaus have made to Tasmania’s wine industry over close to three decades. And wine lovers are welcome to attend.

Moorilla, owned by MONA entrepreneur David Walsh, announced its purchase of Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard in February and will host an open day as "a chance for old and new friends of Domaine A to come together".

The Domaine A and Moorilla teams have been working together since the acquisition was made official.

"It seems right that the legacies created by two Tasmanian wine pioneers are now in the careful and capable hands of the same custodian,” said Domaine A sales manager Lauren Sheppard. 

"It’s easy to see the differences in the two businesses, but it’s the similarities that will ensure a successful transition. They’re both forward-thinking brands, who have a history of showcasing the beauty and benefits of Tasmania, and all it has to offer, to the world."

And in some ways the two wineries have always worked together.

When Peter Althaus took over the reins at Domain A in 1990 he expanded the vineyard with cuttings from around Tasmania.

Part of Domaine A’s “D Block” started from cabernet cuttings from Moorilla.

“We recognise Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard as a cornerstone of quality Tasmanian winemaking and are delighted to now have it join our portfolio,” said Moorilla winemaker and general manager Conor van der Reest.

“Moorilla and Domaine A are both very much focused on making wines that truly show what Tasmania and our individual vineyards have to offer.

“We look forward to working with Peter and Ruth to make sure we protect the integrity of this brand that has such a loyal and well-deserved customer base.”

Retiring Domaine A winemaker Peter Althaus has been at the helm of the business for almost three decades.

“My retirement and the decision to sell the business was certainly not an easy one, but from many interested parties (both local and international) I am confident I have chosen the right organisation, winemaker and people to maintain my label’s integrities and qualities," he said.

“In keeping with my ethos of winemaking and business, this decision had very little to do with money! It was, most importantly, about feeling assured that the legacy I have built will be in the hands of the appropriate custodians.”

The Open Day on Sunday will run from 11am to 4pm at the Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard, 105 Tea Tree Road, Campania in the Coal River Valley. 

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