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The story of Australia's first families of wine

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heart and soul – Australia's First Families of Wine

heart and soul – Australia's First Families of Wine

Tahbilk Underground Cellars
Henschke Cellar Door, Keyneton, South Australia
McWilliam’s Barwang Vineyard is located in the cool-climate Hilltops region near Young in NSW
De Bortoli King Valley


Throughout the world, families have been at the centre of the vineyards and Australia is no different. In Heart and Soul, Graeme Lofts tells the stories of twelve of our country's wine pioneers - multi-generational families that represent 17 growing regions and 48 generations of winemakers who have have over 1200 years of experience between them.

These names are all so familiar: Brown Brothers, Campbells, d'Arenberg, De Bortoli, Henschke, Howard Park, Jim Barry, McWilliams, Tahbilk, Taylors, Tyrells and Yalumba. This book puts personalities, histories and stories to the names that truly represent the heart and soul of the Australian wine industry.

They are Australia's First Families of Wine, a group that was formed in 2009 to modestly showcase a representative and diverse range of the best of Australian wines with a focus onregional and iconic drops.

As well as each having a long history, they also share common values and beliefs, a commitment to environmental responsibility and best practice, a custodial approach to some of Australia’s iconic ‘sacred sites of wine’ in their trust, and of course a huge love of every facet of wine.

Heart and Soul is above all an inspiring book, not only for young people who may one day hope to become a winemaker or a vigneron, but for anyone who despairs that the ‘get rich quick’ mentality of the current crop of young entrepreneurs is about to take over Australian or indeed western culture.

Buy Heart and Soul now and delve into this rich Australian wine history that's also an entertaining read along the way.

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Heart and Soul – Australia’s First Families of Wine by Graeme Lofts is published by John Wiley and Sons Australia Ltd (Milton, Queensland 2010; sc, 344 pp) and retails in Australia for RRP A$39.95.



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