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HILLTOPS ASSOCIATION NEWS

HILLTOPS ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Hilltops Vineyards Association AGM this week re-elected Brian Freeman, founder of FREEMAN Vineyards, as President. His report highlighted both the achievements and challenges of 2021 – characterful wines from the 2021 vintage, followed by an unusually wet autumn...

HILLTOPS HIGHLIGHTED

HILLTOPS HIGHLIGHTED

The Hilltops Region may constitute just 2% of NSW vineyards but according to sommelier Samantha Payne the region is nothing less than "small but mighty." Punching enough weight to score a double-page spread in this month's Australian Gourmet Traveller. Samantha's Top...

HILLTOPS TRIO IN AUSTRALIAN TOP WINERIES

HILLTOPS TRIO IN AUSTRALIAN TOP WINERIES

Loud clapping deserved for the three NSW Hilltops wine companies that made the top tier grade in the just announced prestigious 2021 Real Review AUSTRALIAN TOP WINERIES collection. They are FREEMAN Vineyards, specialising in Italian inspired wines, Grove Estate that...

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TOP CELLAR DOORS

Gourmet Traveller Wine annually awards Australia's Top Cellar Doors... and the 2021 Hilltops NSW winners are: STAR Cellar Door: Ballinaclash BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Freeman Vineyards BEST LARGE Cellar Door: Grove Estate BEST SMALL Cellar Door: Trandari Be sure to...

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HILLTOPS WEATHER REPORT

Fortunately the recent severe weather system largely skirted the NSW Hilltops Region. The white varieties had already been harvested, with vignerons reporting good quality and yields for pinot gris, chardonnay and prosecco.  And the earlier ripening reds like...

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FINDING FIANO

Hilltops vignerons are among grape growers innovating to accommodate changing climate. And one white variety that is showing serious promise is Fiano [fee-ah-no] An immigrant from southern Italy, it is acknowledged as a versatile variety that likes the Hilltops region...

BALLINACLASH BOUTIQUE SHOW TROPHY

BALLINACLASH BOUTIQUE SHOW TROPHY

The year is ending on a high for Ballinaclash. Yes, another trophy for the Ballinaclash Tom Cabernet Sauvignon 2019! This time at the 2020 ANZ Boutique Wine Show where it topped the jam-packed Cabernat Sauvignon class that attracted over 80 entries. Two other Hilltops...

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HILLTOPS FIANO FEATURES

Rhymes with piano...Fiano is a southern Italian grape variety that is tweaking curious wine palates, and inevitably those of innovative grape growers. A recent industry seminar focused on Fiano, and its impressive suitability to Australian terroir, especially in...

HILLTOPS WINES RANKED TOP VALUE

HILLTOPS WINES RANKED TOP VALUE

Drum roll... Hilltops Wines make their mark in the just announced 2020 Real Review Top Value Australian Wines. The Real Review team has tasted thousands of wines over the past year and selected those that represent best value based on quality and price. And Hilltops...