If you attended the Festival this year, chances are you may have seen bottles of Tahbilk wine being poured around the room.
Tahbilk has been a family-owned winery in Nagambie Lakes since 1860 and one of Australia’s First Families of Wine. It’s also Victoria’s oldest family-owned winery with CEO Alister Purbrick at the helm. Alister is a fourth-generation winemaker continuing the Tahbilk legacy and couldn’t be prouder of its achievements. The most recent of which includes being announced as the James Halliday Winery of the Year for 2016.
“When my great-grandfather Reginald Purbrick purchased the Tahbilk property in 1925, he would not have been able to dream of receiving an accolade that means so much to our family and the broader industry as a whole,” says Alister. “I feel incredibly proud of all that the Purbrick family has achieved at Tahbilk over the generations.”
Tahbilk had 11 wines with a rating above 90 points at the James Halliday awards ceremony. It was a momentous achievement for the family whose cellar door welcomes an abundance of wine lovers year-round, from overseas, interstate and Victorian day-trippers. They not only come for the award-winning wine, but to spend time at the historical Estate which boasts picturesque views of the nearby Goulburn river and countryside.
The Purbrick family prides itself on traditional winemaking while using innovative and sustainable viticultural practices. Its 200 hectares under vine includes plantings that extend back to Tahbilk’s founding in 1860. French Rhone Valley whites of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne also grow on the property, along with the Rhone reds – Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Traditional varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho and new age rising stars Tempranillo and Savagnin are also grown.
With such a lengthy past and bright future, we are looking forward to tasting more from this historical winery.