This weekend sees the O’Briens wine fair return to the round room at the mansion house. With over 45 of the world’s best winemakers and more that 250 wines available to taste, it will surely come as no surprise that this is now a fully sold out event.
For those of you who have a ticket, I have picked out below just a few of the winemakers who will be flying in for the weekend whet your appetite.
Matteo Ascheri, Cantine Ascheri Giacomo: Very few Barolo estates can compete with the purity and elegance achieved by Matteo Ascheri. His wines have a grace and charm that is almost Burgundian. Minimal intervention is the practice here, Matteo believes strongly in letting the grapes and the soil speak for themselves and the results are astounding.
Giuseppe Rizzardi, Guerierri Rizzardi: A regular recipient of Tre Bicchieri (Italy's highest Wine honours) Giuseppe Rizzardi is a winemaker on fire at the moment. His Bardolinos are widely considered the best in the region and his whites have supreme elegance and balance.
Geoff Schrapel, Bethany: Six generations of the Schrapel family have grown grapes in one of the finest spots in Australia's Barossa Valley.Current winemaker Geoff Schrapel has decades of experience behind him and his reds and whites are highly praised for their purity and elegance.
Peter Saturno, Longview Vineyard: Peter Saturno and his brother Mark oversee all vineyard and winemaking practices at their property in the Adelaide Hills. Making wines entirely from their own vineyards, they are true cool climate grape growing champions. Their wines show restraint but have true finesse and depth.