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Historic Eden Valley

From their historic Avon Brae property set in the rugged beauty of the Eden Valley, David and Mardi Hall select only the best parcels of fruit to be made into wine under the Eden Hall label. The cool climate, ancient soils and the long ripening period provide ideal conditions for the production of exceptional wines…

Boutique Trophy Dinner

Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show Trophy Dinner An invitation from CEO Judith Kennedy and Chairman Huon Hooke. Join the trophy winners and celebrate with them, the sponsors and wine lovers when the trophies are announced and served with a five star, five course, celebration meal. The evening will commence with the winning sparkling…

Lease Incentives For Cafes And Restaurants

Are you considering entering or renewing an existing lease?  Landlords are increasingly using lease incentives to induce hospitality businesses to enter into a commercial lease. We review the tax implications of the most common lease incentives and potential pitfalls to watch out for. Read this Article  

Small Business Restructure

New legislation regarding the Government’s Small Business package will allow small businesses to change their legal structure without incurring an income tax liability.  We explain how the new restructure rollover works and what businesses are eligible. Read this Article  


The Ask Huon series of masterclasses continues to intrigue wine lovers and curious wine students alike. The capacity classes are held at the Prince Wine Store in Zetland during the last week of each month. The current class being held on Thursday 28 April features the similarities and differences between the Hunter Valley and the…


HAVE YOU HEARD?   The Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show has extended its reach to offer free freight to more winemakers this year. Mainfreight picks up from its nominated depots in Auckland, Christchurch, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth plus Redgate in Margaret River and Allandale in the Hunter Valley.  We now have arrangements in…

Hunter Valley Boutique

Another Hunter Valley Vineyard has entered the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show looking to find gold! Ernest Hill Wines is situated at the gateway to the Hunter Valley’s famous Pokolbin District. The Vineyard was originally planted in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s by Harry Tulloch for Seppelts Wines and was later renamed the Pokolbin…

Margaret River Enters the Boutique Show

“If the grapes are grown right from the start, the wine will essentially make itself.” David Hohnen McHenry Hohnen Vintners are a family-owned winery in the southern part of the Margaret River wine region. The history of McHenry Hohnen wines begins when winemaker and 3rd generation biological farmer David Hohnen and vine growing brother-in-law Murray…

Tiny, Mini Boutique – All True.

An early entry into the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show this year is BELLEVUE ESTATE. This family owned winery is a labour of love for the 2 generations of Vandeleur family who tend this 10-acre single vineyard estate based in the main street of McLaren Vale. With over 20 vintages under his belt…

Masterclasses: Italy v Oz-Itals, and Riesling

February 24 — ITALY versus OZ-ITALS Australian winemakers take on Italy’s finest in my first masterclass for 2016. We’ll taste a great Chianti against one of Australia’s best sangioveses; a nebbiolo from a top Piedmont winery against a leading Aussie nebbiolo; a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo against a top Aussie ‘monty’; and an Italian barbera, dolcetto and…

Needing Business Advice?

ESV is a Sydney-based accounting and business advisor. They are the appointed Auditor to the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc. They are also a generous sponsor. Should you have any queries regarding your wine business please do not hesitate to contact Tim Valtwies, ESV Partner on 02 9283 1666. ESV is located at 55…

FREE FREIGHT for Boutique Wine Show

Mainfreight offers FREE FREIGHT from regional Australia and also two points in New Zealand for all entries.. This wine show was established in 1996 in order to give the boutique winemakers the opportunity to win trophies and medals even if they have small quantities of the wine available. The show is open to Australian and…

Borrowing Funds for your Business?

Is limited recourse borrowing right for your SMSF? Over the coming newsletters we will be taking a look at some of the topical items concerning self managed superannuation funds (“SMSF’s”). Given the rise in the property market in parts of Australia, there has been a growing trend of acquiring property (usually residential property) in SMSF’s,…

Rare release from Cullen Wines

Very rarely a vintage occurs which presents us with a unique opportunity to create something truly special. The 2012 vintage was an exceptional year, and allowed us the privilege to produce an extraordinary wine. We are very excited to introduce to you a rare release from Cullen Wines; 2012 ‘Vanya’ Cabernet Sauvignon This is a…

What future for the WET rebate?

    A recently released discussion paper by the Federal Treasury has thrown the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate into the Tax Reform debate. The discussion paper examines the operation of the WET Rebate and how it is being manipulated within the wine industry and seeks input on a range of possible ways to sustainably support…

Two New Judges for Six Nations

Today Judith Kennedy announced some major changes to the Six Nations Wine Challenge including two new judges and one new nation. Canada will replace Argentina with Christopher Waters as judge and Jon Bonné will join the judging team representing the U.S.A. Bonné is replacing the previous U.S. judge Dan Berger and will line his selections…

Frothy Stuff and Folding Stuff $$ 28 Oct. with Huon Hooke

Planning to lash out on a case of real Champagne for Christmas? Aren’t we all! Keen to find the best deal on affordable Champagne? So are we! So come to our pre-festive season Champagne masterclass and find the best rapport between frothing-stuff and folding-stuff. Don’t be a mousse goose! Led by Champagne authority Huon Hooke,…

Trafalgar Travel joins Thinkers & Drinkers

An international wine and food event wouldn’t be complete without a travel company being present to give you new ideas and inspiration once you have tried some of these amazing wines. With almost 70 years of expertise and insider knowledge, we’re the most globally awarded guided holiday company. We reveal the must-see sights, but we…

2017 Boutique Wine Show

The lunch is a double event


The tasting is a single event

Event date: 4 August 2017
Event venue: The Shangri-La Hotel,
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney.


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