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Winepros Archive is a piece of Australia's wine history. It is owned and managed by a team of dedicated wine, food and travel lovers, many of whom also work in the industry. We believe that the Winepros Archive - first established by notable wine author James Halliday and the late Len Evans AO in the late 90s - is a valuable resource for the wine-loving public that should be preserved, so it is now open to all, free.

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Caparzo barrels Italy's autumn extravaganzas
This fall, two of Italy's most fascinating wine (and food) shows will take place within a couple of weeks of one another

Cork harvest
Notwithstanding a visit to Portugal several years ago specifically for the purpose of looking at the cork industry, it had not occurred to me that cork harvests might respond to weather conditions in much the same way as grapevines (and grapes) do.

Vintage Ports - Australian
It is exceedingly unlikely that a tasting of the magnitude of that organised by James Godfrey, Seppelt's chief fortified winemaker, will ever be staged again. The 100 or so tasting notes which follow were but half of the tasting, the other 100 being Portuguese vintage ports spanning the same 70 years.

The Len Evans Theory of Capacity
There is an awful lot of wine in the world, but there is also a lot of awful wine.


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Tuck's Ridge Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2004

Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz 1996

Penfolds St Henri Cabernet Shiraz 1994

Taylors Promised Land Cabernet Merlot 2002



Road through vineyard, South Africa White wine review
Thirty seven of South Africa's top wine producers recently gathered to present their flagship white wine to members of the public.

Mudgee's grape leap forward
Mudgee's wine history is fascinating, but little known. Silesian imigrants Adam Roth (first) and Andreas Kurtz and Frederick Buccholz began the development of viticulture in the 1850s, the Roth and Kurtz families continuing their involvement for more than a century.

In Vino Veritas
From Tony Aspler's 'Travels with my Corkscrew'. Tony's cellar floor is suitably christened!

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Welcome to Wine Country sign Browns of Padthaway

Location: Australia - South Australia - Padthaway
The Brown family has for many years been the largest independent grape grower in Padthaway, a district in which most of the vineyards were established and owned by Wynns, Seppelts, Lindemans and Hardys, respectively. A rapidly expanding range of wines is now appearing under the Browns of Padthaway label, the majority being pleasant but very light in body and flavour.Poole's Rock

Location: Australia - NSW - Lower Hunter Valley
Sydney merchant banker David Clarke has had a long involvement with the wine industry, including a directorship of McGuigan Brothers Limited. The 18-hectare Poole's Rock vineyard, planted purely to chardonnay, is his personal venture, the resource recently bolstered by the acquisition of the larger, adjoining Simon Whitlam Vineyard. The wine has retail distribution throughout Australia and is exported to the UK and US.

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