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Auvergne

The Auvergne region

We only have one producer in this beautiful region, namely Mito Inoue. She produces interesting wine in tiny quantities and interesting cider as well. You can read more about her by clicking on the link below: Mito Inoue: Unicorn wines from the spectacular Auvergne

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Vinegar

La Guinelle Vinegar

The famous La Guinelle vinegar from Banyuls in the very south of France has finally arrived in Australia. We are delighted to be able to sell this amazing product which has been revered by French chefs for some time now since it was brought to prominence by Yves Camdeborde. Nathalie […]

Natural wine

Minerality in wine – Part 2

We want to explore the importance of the soil in more detail, because in Part 1 of this series published in last month’s newsletter (April 2013) we explained that only three of the sixteen essential elements for plant growth enter the plant via the leaves. The other thirteen enter via […]

Natural wine

Minerality in wine – Part 1

Minerality in wine and the role soil plays in contributing to minerality was the topic of a Masterclass at an early Rootstock natural wine festival in Sydney. It was interesting to participate in this event and to see how different people viewed the topic through completely different ‘lenses’. Vineyard managers […]

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Alsace, Grape varieties

Pinot Auxerrois Grape Variety

Pinot Auxerrois (as it is known in Alsace) is a very interesting grape for making fresh, low acid, interesting wines. Although Riesling is more widely planted, the area devoted to Auxerrois is increasing every year as can be seen by the graph below. One of the most interesting things about […]

Terroir - Fanny Sabre limestone and iron soils
Natural wine, Terroir, Vineyards

A new look at terroir

We explore some of the research that is emerging about the importance of living things in the landscape that contribute to terroir including the biota layer – the effect of living things. These living things range from the macro including birds, wasps and spiders down to the micro such as […]