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All Saints Estate will celebrate its 150th birthday with a new range of wine.

THE Brown family will celebrate the 150th anniversary of All Saints Estate this month. It will commemorate with a new range of Antique Label wines ahead of the sesquicentennial weekend, tomorrow and Sunday.

An exhibition of historical photographs and All Saints Estate memorabilia will be in the cellar door this month. Visitors to the winery this weekend will be able to taste the new Antique Label wines, as well as the family’s 100-year-old Museum Muscat and Museum Muscadelle (at $1000 a bottle, a tasting fee applies).

The Antique Label range is made up of the 2010 Old Vine Shiraz and 2013 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre. The Old Vine Shiraz is hand-picked from shiraz vines planted in 1920, fermented in the original wax-lined vats and pressed in an 1883 wooden basket press, an ode to the early years of All Saints Estate. 

The Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre is a traditional blend from southern France, grape varieties that were important in the early years of All Saints Estate. Established in 1864, All Saints Estate is one of Australia’s first wineries. Original Scottish owners George Sutherland Smith and John Banks settled in the Wahgunyah area on the banks of the Murray River where they took up 100 acres and began growing vines.

The All Saints Estate castle building was soon built over the original buildings that housed the maturing wine and in 1873, All Saints Estate went on to win the first gold medal for Australian winemaking at the London International Exhibition. Now under the custodianship of the fourth-generation Brown family, which has owned the winery since 1992, it continues to produce unique, high-quality wines from one of Australia’s oldest winemaking regions.

All Saints Estate is run by chief executive officer Eliza Brown, sister Angela, online communications manager, and brother Nicholas, vineyard and winery manager. Eliza is the eldest of the siblings who inherited the winery from their father, Peter R Brown, one of the original Brown Brothers at Milawa, who passed away in a motorcycle accident during 2005. “My brother, sister and I have an extraordinary working relationship,” says Eliza. “No one will love you or forgive you like your family. We also enjoy drinking fine wine, which keeps the union strong.”

In January, Eliza was announced as the Australian wine industry’s representative on the inaugural Agricultural Industry Advisory Council, headed by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce. The inaugural meeting was held at All Saints Estate on April 11 with Eliza presenting recommendations on behalf of the wine industry for the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

All Saints Estate’s spectacular vineyard setting is a true destination for wine and food lovers, with one-hat restaurant Terrace run by head chef Simon Arkless, its own Indigo Cheese Company and the historic All Saints Estate cellars, showcasing the vintage wines and rare 100-year-old fortifieds. The 2010 Old Vine Shiraz is $69 and 2013 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre is $42. The wines will be available from the All Saints Estate Wine Club, cellar door and online."

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