Rob Dolan Wines

MY NAPA VINTAGE EXPERIENCE

Napa Valley is home to some big names in the wine industry, and it's big business, producing high quality wine and a lot of it. When driving into the Napa Valley you are greeted with vineyards as far as the eye can see. The smaller...

“IT’S HANDS ON, IT’S INTIMATE AND IT’S OLD SCHOOL”

It's Tuesday afternoon. I have arrived in Oregon to a heavy and persistent haze and a familiar smell in the air. The area just outside Portland has been experiencing severe bush fires for the past two weeks. There are concerns about smoke taint in the...

The Reunion – 31 Years Later!

Vintage is the key period in a Winemaker's year when many long term relationships and friendships are born and on rare occasions left in tatters. In the harvest period there are long hours with people and logistics pressures. Shift work with days often 12-16 hours...

MY LIFE SO FAR

Well I’ve got to say the first 12 months of my life has been pretty sweet! Lately they’ve been calling me the little brown phantom and saying I terrorise the workplace here at Rob Dolan Wines, but I don’t really see it that way. Sometimes...

“WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU DO?”

In speaking to the general public about my job, when I say I work in a winery people’s imaginations tend to romantic notions of sloping vineyards and sitting around sipping wine all day.  Upon further discourse, many individuals are surprised to discover that wineries have...

40+ countries, 30+ months and 5 must see vineyards

Written by Luke Mcnamara | Cellar Door Having the opportunity to visit wineries all over the world is a rather charming way to spend your time and money. It is so enjoyable in fact, that wine tasting has become a vacation in itself. And wine is...

The Big Roast for Cystic Fibrosis

Written by: Kristy | Cellar Door, sales + marketing This year Rob Dolan Wines was very proud to host an event called The Big Roast for Cystic Fibrosis. The event began with the connection between Kirsty Bowness and Rob Dolan's wife Jude Dolan who is a...

A Quick Summary of Vintage 2017 So Far

A quick summary. It’s a 9/10 at the half way mark of Vintage 2017 and it looks like the Yarra Valley has been fortunate on the weather front. After a cool early summer and a nervous January/Feb an amazing early Autumn spread through the Yarra. It looks...

Keeping Good Wine

Cellaring good wine at home is a great responsibility, it can be hard work. Firstly, you need to not drink it, you also need to control the temperature, UV, humidity, the list goes on. When you have a great bottle you want to get all...

Vintage 2017 is fast approaching – we hope!

Vintage 2017 is fast approaching. Lately we’ve had some cool nights and warm days, perfect for ripening grapes. We are down a little on yields due to some cool wet weather in spring but quality looks excellent. The vines are balanced and we are...