James Halliday’s articles

The flying winemaker

The flying winemaker

Domaine Wine Shippers (DWS) is one of Australia's foremost importers and distributors of the fine wines of Europe, and France in particular. Here one region – Burgundy – is of key importance, and these days the world-wide demand for its wines far...

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A toast to the Barossa

A toast to the Barossa

The Barossa is Australia's calling card for wine lovers of all ages and origins. Named thus it also includes the Eden Valley, the Barossa Valley its blood brother. The two are of similar land size, their common boundary running north-south, but...

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The making of Flaxman Wines

The making of Flaxman Wines

Colin (Col) and wife Fiona Sheppard have reinvented themselves several times in the past 20 years, recounted in droll throw-away lines. Thus the budding Melbourne builder and sister, still living at home, decided they needed to do something about...

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It’s a vigneron’s lot

It’s a vigneron’s lot

Talk to a farmer about the weather and it’s too wet, too dry, too hot, too cold. But if you were a grape grower (who’s a farmer) in Murrumbateman in the Canberra District a two-word description would be useless. On January 3 this year a tornado one...

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Mount Mary’s way

Mount Mary’s way

All the wineries of Margaret River and Yarra Valley were established by families over a similar timeframe. The first 10 wineries ran from 1967 to 1975 in Margaret River, and 1962 to 1972 in the Yarra Valley. These dates come from the Halliday Wine...

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