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Three Vintages, Three Countries, One Year

2019 was certainly a year to remember, three harvests squeezed into twelve months across three different countries. An amazing experience leaving me with a keen appetite for winemaking. The year began not far from home in the southern hemisphere at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley. Starting in mid-January we saw some terrific parcels of…

by Ben Dolan | Cellar + Brand Ambassador
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Bud to Bottle

Part 1 – October Where does wine come from? How is it made? And how many months of the year are we actually making it? I’m relatively new to the wine industry, and I find myself asking these questions on the daily. Here’s a quick run-down on me – my name is Tayla and I’ve…

by Tayla McKay | Assistant Cellar Door Manager / Communications + Event Coordinator
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Happy Birthday to Us!

We tend to find that birthdays cause a bit of nostalgia. In September, we celebrated our cellar door’s third birthday, and it got us thinking about where we were three-years-ago and even before that. Three years ago, we were creating and distributing awesome wines, but we were without a cellar door. A lot has changed…

by Tayla McKay | Assistant Cellar Door Manager / Communications + Event Coordinator
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Mark Nikolich: Chief Winemaker at Rob Dolan is Hanging Up his Boots

“Thank you for being the leader of our Winemaking team for the past 7 years” – Rob Dolan Another Yarra Vintage “bites the dust “and what a year it has been for Mark and the Winemaking team. The question regularly asked to Mark and most Winemakers is “So what the hell do you people do in vintage and…

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Rob’s Post Vintage Ramble

Vintage 2019 Wow what a vintage – warm and dry, short and sweet with virtually no rainfall during the vintage period. The Yarra Valley have been fortunate to dodge the extreme heat that other regions have experienced, but it begs the question – could this be the new normal? Will we be fighting prolonged battles between…

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The Fork in the Road

As you drive down the Maroondah Hwy after Lilydale and make your way into the heart of the Yarra Valley, you are confronted with a fork in the road : “do I turn right into the Warburton Hwy or swing left and head towards Coldstream?” Most people would swing left, chasing the bright lights of…

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Tips for Planning a Successful Wine Tour

Planning any type of event can be stressful. It is said that event planners have one of the most stressful jobs, so we can imagine if you aren’t a professional and are in charge of organising your next wine tour, it can be a trying task. Relaxing with friends, tasting new wines, and enjoying the…

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2018 Vintage Report

Rob Dolan Wines 2018 Vintage Crew Don’t be surprised to see big smiles on everyone’s faces throughout the Yarra Valley for the next 12 months. Growers who escaped the humid patch of weather unscathed around Christmas time have been rewarded with decent-sized crops and tremendous ripening conditions throughout February and March. Likewise, winemakers have good…

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The 2018 Pick and Stomp

    10am, the day begun how most days should, with coffee and mimosas. After a debrief from Rob our newly recruited winemakers headed down into the winery for a tour and explanation of how things run at Rob Dolan Wines. Being a contract wine making facility there are lots of things happening and so…

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When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Wine Dog Too

Well, next week I turn 5 months old, which doesn’t sound like a lot but in dog years that’s like 3.5 years old. I’ve been hanging out at work with my new mum for a little while now and I’ve got to say my time at the winery has had its ups and downs. For…

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