Latest news from Hahndorf Hill

Our Austrians score gold in Vienna, Austria. | October 2023

In order to benchmark the Hahndorf Hill Austrian wine varieties, these wines are regularly entered by Hahndorf Hill into Austria's AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge, which is touted as being officially recognized by the European Union and is also the largest officially recognized wine competition in the world.

Given that Gruner Veltliner is considered to be extremely age-worthy, two wines from the 2015 vintage were entered to see how they would be appraised by the Austrian variety experts. Both the Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2015 and the Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2015 received Gold Medals, which were awarded in the mature wines class at the AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2023.

In addition, two of our current vintage red wines also received Gold Medals - the Hahndorf Hill Zsa Zsa Zweigelt 2021 and The Foundling Saint Laurent 2021.

"It's very gratifying and exciting to have endorsement that the Adelaide Hills region is indeed suited to these cool-climate varieties," said a delighted Larry Jacobs.

Debut vintage of our new super-blend, Benediction, awarded with Trophy + Top Gold Medal. | August 2023

The Hahndorf Hill Benediction 2020 is our first Austrian super-blend, and this debut vintage 2020 has been awarded a Trophy and Top Gold medal at the International Cool Climate Wine Show 2023. The trophy awarded was for the Best Alternate Varietal (Domestic or International) and it was selected out of all alternate variety classes in both the red and white wine categories.

'This is a huge honour and very humbling,' said Larry Jacobs, co-owner of Hahndorf Hill. 'We've been planning and imagining this red wine blend for the past six years, and it has just been released this month. So to achieve this award with the very first vintage is truly exciting and gets my heart racing!'

Benediction is a blend of all three of the noble Austrian grape varieties grown at Hahndorf Hill - Saint Laurent, Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt. But interestingly, this blend is also a family affair, because in 1922 in Austria, the two varieties Saint Laurent and Blaufrankisch were crossed and the lovechild emerging from this liaison was Zweigelt. The final blend consisted of 47% Saint Laurent, 45% Blaufrankisch and 8% Zweigelt.

Benediction 2020 was also awarded a Gold Medal at the Berlin Wine Trophy awards in 2022.

Two Gold medals for Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner wines at prestigious AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2022, Austria. | Sept 2022

It's always nice to score a gong for your Gruner Veltliner in its spiritual home of Austria!
The AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2022 results have just been released:
Gold Medal - Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2019
Gold Medal - Hahndorf Hill Green Angel Late Harvest Gruner Veltliner 2021

And in news just in, we're delighted to hear that the Hahndorf Hill Green Angel Gruner Veltliner Late Harvest 2021 has been awarded three trophies at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2022, including Trophy Best Wine of Show and Trophy Best White Wine of Show.

Hahndorf Hill notches up a special milestone with the bottling of the first Saint Laurent wine in Australia - The Hahndorf Hill Foundling Saint Laurent 2020. | Feb 2021

The celebrations at Hahndorf Hill were a bit like a new baby arriving into the family. After many years since importing the plant material in 2014, passing it through two years of quarantine, and then propagating the precious material into the vineyard, we finally had our first Saint Laurent harvest in 2020. It has now been bottled and will be further aged in our underground cellar at Hahndorf Hill before being released.

'This Austrian variety has a very interesting history,' says Hahndorf Hill co-owner Larry Jacobs. 'It is believed that Saint Laurent originally came from France where it was grown in the Alsace region. Then, just prior to it being completely wiped out in the great Phylloxera outbreak, some cuttings ended up in Austria where they found a home at the Klosterneuburg Monastery - which would in due course become the world's first viticultural school.'

'This is where the story of this beautiful variety really starts to develop,' continues Jacobs, 'and where Saint Laurent gets embraced by its new carers and eventually is adopted by vignerons within Austria. It was always thought to possibly be related to the noble Pinot Noir grape because of similarities in the bunches, the leaves and the style of wines produced. But it is only within recent years that Saint Laurent has officially been anointed as the direct offspring of Pinot Noir, via extensive genetic research carried out at the Klosterneuburg viticultural school.'

This genetic analysis, led by Dr. Ferdinand Regner of Klosterneuburg, has concluded that the birth of Saint Laurent is either as a result of a natural hybridisation between Pinot Noir and an as yet unidentified second parent, or is in fact a direct seedling of Pinot Noir.

'This is why we have decided to call our wine The Foundling,' says Jacobs. 'The charming story of this variety fulfills all the mythological criteria of the foundling-infant who, of uncertain parentage, gets abandoned on the steps of the monastery, where it gets embraced and nurtured in its new home. And then, after growing up, finally discovers that she is indeed a princess after all!'

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliners awarded four trophies at Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2020. | Nov 2020

Great news for Hahndorf Hill and for Gruner Veltliner in Australia is that our singular, New World-style White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2020 was honoured with three trophies at the recent Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. The first trophy was awarded in the class of diverse and exotic white wines; the second trophy was awarded for Top White Wine of Show; and the third trophy was for Top Wine of Show.

'I am still speechless,' said co-owner Larry Jacobs. 'Just to pick up one trophy at this respected Australian wine show is like hitting the jackpot. So to get two further trophies, one for Top White Wine and the other for Top wine of Show has left me in shock.'

An additional trophy was also awarded at this show to the Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2019.

Further news this month is that the White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2020 was included in the James Halliday 2020 Top 100 Wines list.

Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2019 is the top rated Gruner at prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, London. | Sept 2020

Wonderful Gruner news is that the just released Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 has announced that their top rated, Gold Medal awarded Gruner Veltliner was from the Adelaide Hills Wine Region in South Australia! Our Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2019 scooped this prestigious award despite stiff competition from celebrated Austrian producers.

And further good news for the Adelaide Hills is that Nepenthe was awarded a Silver Medal for their beautiful Gruner.

"This is great news for our region," said an ecstatic Larry Jacobs, co-owner of Hahndorf Hill. "We have a growing number of Gruner Veltliner producers in our region, and this award is dedicated to their confidence and optimism that this wonderful variety has truly found a natural home in our region."

Four Hahndorf Hill wines ranked in the James Halliday 2021 Wine Companion's Best of the Best by variety. | Aug 2020

At Hahndorf Hill we were thrilled to learn that four of our wines were represented in the Best of the Best varietal categories in the new James Halliday Wine Companion 2021.

The wines were: the Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio, Hahndorf Hill Rosé, Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner and the Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner. The Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio was the highest rated Pinot Grigio in Australia with the other top wines being in the Pinot Gris style.

Hahndorf Hill was also honoured by being selected as one of Australia's 10 Best Value wineries for 2021, with James Halliday commenting that Hahndorf Hill demonstrates 'unfailing value'.

Hahndorf Hill co-owners Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson say they are deeply humbled and honoured to have received so many commendations in this latest Halliday Wine Companion. "It really makes all the effort worthwhile," said a grinning Jacobs. "And I don't mind that I needed to get a new knee replacement two weeks ago, having worn out the old one in the vineyard!"

There will be celebrations at Hahndorf Hill, albeit with appropriate social distancing!

Our Gru performs well in the 2019 Global Gruner Challenge | Mar 2020

The results were recently announced from the Global Gruner Challenge 2019, which was held in Austria by the country's influential Vinaria magazine in conjunction with Winestate magazine.

170 Gruner Veltliners wines from around the world were tasted by an expert panel.

The top 12 wines in this international competition included 10 Gruners from Austria, one from Germany and one from Australia (the Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2017). With 4˝ stars awarded, this ranked the Hahndorf Hill Gru alongside other top Gruner Veltliners from Austria's most famous and iconic wineries in the Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal wine regions. This result also positioned our wine as the joint top-rated example outside of Austria, together with another winner from Germany.

"We are thrilled that our Gru held its own against very stiff competition," said a delighted Hahndorf Hill co-owner, Larry Jacobs. "This demonstrates again that the Adelaide Hills terroir is perfectly suited to growing this grape."

Outside of Austria, the Adelaide Hills wine region producers distinguished themselves in the competition by having the most wines ranked four stars or higher, as compared to all other global wine regions.

Two Hahndorf Hill Gruners make it on the James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2019 list | Nov 2019

Everyone at Hahndorf Hill is thrilled to hear that two of our Gruner Veltliner wines have been included on James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2019 list.
The wines are:
Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2018
Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2018
"It's so very exciting to have Gruner Veltliner honoured in this way," said an ecstatic Larry Jacobs. "This is an amazing achievement for this variety which has only put roots down in the Adelaide Hills a mere 10 years ago. We will be celebrating tonight!"

Trophy for Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2019 | Oct 2019

All of us at Hahndorf Hill are humbled to have our White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2019 awarded the Trophy for Best Single Varietal White Wine at the prestigious Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019. The White Mischief is one of four different styles of Gruner that we produce, this version being our proudly Aussie New World take of this classic grape variety. Says Larry Jacobs: "This exciting New World version of Gruner Veltliner allows us to showcase the complex kaleidoscope of aromatics and flavours that this variety has the potential to develop, yet still retain its signature juicy acidity and great textural rub."

This 2019 vintage White Mischief is due for release in December 2019.

Seventh Gold Medal for 2018 Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner! | July 2019

The 2018 vintage Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner has this month been awarded a Gold Medal at the Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019. This brings the number of Gold Medals awarded for this current vintage of Gru to a total of seven Gold Medals, four of which are Top Gold Medals. "This is very encouraging," says co-owner Marc Dobson, "considering that in most local wine shows, the Gruner is being blind-judged in the so-called 'other whites category' which pits it up against numerous other alternative white varieties. It's so good to see Gruner holding its own against all the other excellent alternative varieties!"

Also receiving a Gold Medal at this wine competition was our brand new 2019 vintage Rosé.

The seven Gold Medals awarded to the Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner this season are:
Top Gold - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018
Top 100 & Blue Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Competition 2019
Top Gold - International Cool Climate Wine Awards 2019
Top Gold - Rutherglen Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Berliner Wein Trophy 2019, Germany
Gold Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019

Hahndorf Hill scoops four Golds at prestigious Berlin wine show | Mar 2019

Four of Hahndorf Hill's Austrian varietal wines were awarded Gold medals at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2019 in Germany. "Receiving these awards for our Gruner Veltliner and Blaufrankisch wines at a German wine show is exciting confirmation that our wine region is able to produce wines from these varieties that compare favourably with their top European counterparts," said Larry Jacobs.
The awarded wines were:
Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2018
Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2018
Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2017
Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2017.

Hahndorf Hill's White Mischief Gruner Veltliner gets trophy at one of Australia's most prestigious wine shows | Dec 2018

There was great excitement at Hahndorf Hill when the call came through that the 2018 White Mischief Gruner Veltliner had been awarded a trophy at the Australian National Wine Show in Canberra. "It's great to see Gruner sticking its head out in general white wine show categories," said co-owner Larry Jacobs.
This trophy follows two earlier awards for this wine - TOP 100 & Blue Gold Medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2019, and Gold Medal at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2018.

Hahndorf Hill collects medals at Melbourne International Wine Competition 2018 | July 2018

The results are in from the Melbourne International Wine Competition 2018 and we're delighted to announce that our following wines were awarded medals:
Hahndorf Hill Rosé 2018 - Gold Medal
Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2016 - Gold Medal
Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio 2018 - Silver Medal
Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2016 - Silver Medal.
'It's very good to see the alternative varieties also getting noticed', says Larry Jacobs.

Our cellar door awarded as one of 'Australia's Best Cellar Doors' | April 2018

Gourmet Traveller Wine has awarded the Hahndorf Hill cellar door as one of Australia's Best Cellar Doors for 2018. The award was given for the 'Best Tasting Experience' in the Adelaide Hills. Cellar door manager Dee Wright was over the moon with the news. "It's both rewarding and humbling, and I'm very grateful that we have such wonderful people in our team at the cellar door who all contributed to this success", said Dee.
Our range of tasting experiences include our cool-climate classic wines, our unusual range of Austrian grape varieties, a wine flight + cheese plate offering and our ChocoVino experience, where our wines are matched to local and imported chocolate.

Clutch of Gold Medals won at Berliner Wein Trophy 2018 | Feb 2018

It was a particularly exciting moment at Hahndorf Hill when four of our wines - all with a Germanic connection - were each awarded Gold Medals at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2018 in Germany.
The wines were the Hahndorf Hill Gru Gruner Veltliner 2017, the White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2017, the Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2016 (due for release soon) and the Rosé 2017 which is an enticing blend that includes the exotic Germanic red grape Trollinger.
'This outcome reinforces our confidence that the Adelaide Hills wine region is proving to be the perfect second home for these exciting Austrian varieties,' says co-owner Marc Dobson.

Highlights of the tail-end of 2017 | Jan 2018

2017 was another interesting and exciting year at Hahndorf Hill. As a primary producer, one is always at the mercy of the weather-gods' humour - and although this year was not without its usual challenges, the vintage ended up being extremely memorable for its long and slow ripening period. This has translated into white wines with intense and abundant aromatics, and reds that are plush and smooth.
The year ended well, with our Pinot Grigio 2017 being awarded a Gold Medal and Trophy at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2017, plus a Gold Medal at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2017.
All the Gruners have also been putting up runs on the scoreboard. The GRU Gruner Veltliner 2017 (due for release March 2018) and the Green Angel Late Harvest Gruner Veltliner 2016 both received Gold Medals at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017, whilst the White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2017 scooped two Gold Medals - at the Australian Small Winemakers Show 2017 and the Rutherglen Wine Show 2017.
The Hahndorf Hill Shiraz was awarded a Blue-Gold Medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2018.
Finally, Larry was honoured and humbled by being the inaugural recipient of the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2017 'Committee's Award of Recognition' Trophy.

Hahndorf Hill honoured by 2018 Halliday ratings | Aug 2017

The latest Halliday Wine Companion 2018 has hit the bookshelves and Hahndorf Hill has been rated the number one producer in two separate categories in this industry bible.
In the section 'Best of the best by variety' Hahndorf Hill's GRU Gruner Veltliner 2016 (97 points) was the top listed wine in the 'Other White Wines and Blends' category - with the Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2016 (96 points) also featuring highly on this list.
In the category 'Rose' the Hahndorf Hill Rosé 2016 (96 points) was also the number one wine listed.
Says co-owner Larry Jacobs of Hahndorf Hill: "We are deeply honoured to have been awarded these two top listings by James Halliday, and especially excited given that one of the awarded wines was our classic version of the variety that we have been pioneering - Gruner Veltliner."

HHW's Austrian varieties scoop Gold in Berlin | June 2017

Our three Austrian varieties were each awarded Gold Medals at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2017 competition in Germany. The wines awarded were the Hahndorf Hill GRU2 Gruner Veltliner 2015, the Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2015 and the Hahndorf Hill Zsa Zsa Zweigelt Nouveau 2016.
Our Shiraz 2015 also received a Gold at the same competition.

HHW wins Best Small Producer Trophy at Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016 | November 2016

At the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016 we were delighted and honoured to receive the trophy for being the Best Producer in Show (<100 tonnes). In addition, our 2016 White Mischief Gruner Veltliner was awarded Trophy and Gold Medal in the Gruner Veltliner Category. The Adelaide Hills Wine Show is the first regional wine show to feature a dedicated Gruner Veltliner category and it is a huge privilege to take out the trophy with this cutting edge new variety.

New accolades for HHW GRU and Rosé | October 2016

The prestigious Six Nations Wine Challenge is a Sydney-based wine show that uses an international judging panel to compare the very best wines from six countries (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the US). The Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner 2015 was selected to represent Australia in the category 'Aromatic Wines (not Riesling)', where it was awarded a Double Gold medal and came second in class.
"This is a great affirmation for this variety to have been so highly awarded in this blind tasting, in a category that included so many diverse varieties," said Larry Jacobs. "For me it cements in my mind the enormous potential that Gruner Veltliner has in the Adelaide Hills wine region."
The other HHW wine that has recently been awarded is the new vintage 2016 Rosé which won the Trophy and a Gold Medal for Best Rosé at the Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2016.

HHW wins six Trophies in 12 months | August 2016

In rapid succession, HHW was recently awarded a clutch of three Trophies - Trophy (Shiraz of Show) at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2015 for the HHW Shiraz 2013; Trophy - Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show 2016 for the HHW Rose 2105; and Trophy - KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016 for the HHW Pinot Grigio 2015. Including other recent awards, this brings to six the total number of Trophies received for our wines over the past 12 months.
'It's been a huge honour,' says Larry Jacobs. 'All of us at Hahndorf Hill are extremely grateful to be acknowledged in this way and it will inspire and challenge us to be even more creative in coming vintages.'

HHW Rosé wins Trophy at Adelaide Hills Wine Show - two years in a row! | November 2015

The 2015 HHW Rosé has just been awarded Trophy + Gold Medal at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2015. This is the second year in a row for this wine to receive this award as it received the Trophy at the same wine show in 2014. "I am delighted," said Co-owner Marc Dobson, "because the Rosé category is really evolving in the market place, and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region is now one of the top Rosé suppliers for on-premise Rosé sales right across Australia."

GRU makes it on to the 'Top 100 Australian Wines for 2016' + Gold at Royal Adelaide! | October 2015

'Australian Wine Vintages', which is Australia's longest running wine guide and authored by Rob Geddes MW, has honoured the Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014 by including it on their list of the 'Top 100 Australian wines for 2016.' Wines are selected for this list because of their outstanding synthesis of variety, region and style.
In addition to this, the GRU Gruner Veltliner 2015 has just been awarded a Gold Medal at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015.

Gold Medals and Trophies at wine awards | September 2015

This year's Winewise Small Vignerons Wines Awards delivered a clutch of Gold Medals and Trophies for Hahndorf Hill wines. The following wines were awarded Gold medals:
Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio 2015
Hahndorf Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner 2015
Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2013
... with both the White Mischief Gruner Veltliner and the Sauvignon Blanc being awarded trophies in their classes.

Trio of international Gold Medals for HHW wines! | April 2015

We're delighted to report that three of our wines have been awarded international Gold Medals at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2015 awards in Germany. The winning wines were the HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2013, The HHW Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2013 and the HHW Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013.

More Gold for HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014 ... and for Blaufrankisch 2013! | November 2014

Two Gold medals and a Silver were awarded to our Austrian varieties at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2014. Both the HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014 and the HHW Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2013 received Gold, while the HHW White Mischief Gruner Veltliner was awarded a Silver medal. Meanwhile, the HHW Rosé 2014 was awarded a prestigious Top 100 / Blue Gold medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition, 2015 and was also awarded the Trophy / Gold Medal at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2014.

Last month, no less than four Hahndorf Hill wines were selected for the prestigious Adelaide Review's Hot 100 SA Wines awards. The wines were the GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014, Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Pinot Grigio 2014 and the Single Vineyard Shiraz 2012.

HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014 and Shiraz 2012 bring home Gold! | 1 September 2014

Both the HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014 and the HHW Single Vineyard Shiraz 2012 have been awarded Gold Medals at the prestigious Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2014. It is particularly gratifying since the Gruner Veltliner has proven it can stand out from the crowd in a generic class of 'alternative' white wines, and it is always good for a cool-climate Shiraz to be highly rewarded in a national competition.

HHW 2013 GRU 2 and 2013 GRU win awards in Berlin | 30 May 2014

Great news from Berlin is that HHW has been awarded medals for two of our vintage 2013 Gruner Veltliners. The 2013 GRU Gruner Veltliner received a Silver medal and the yet-to-be released 2013 GRU 2 was awarded a Gold Medal at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2014. This is extremely gratifying since this is further evidence that the Adelaide Hills has the right conditions of terroir to produce top-notch Gruners!

HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner listed as one of Australia's 'Bucket List' Whites | 9 May 2014

Campbell Mattinson, writing in the June 2014 edition of the James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, has urged his readers to experience all 20 wines on his Bucket List of white wines which he describes as being 'icons of Australian white wine and icons in the making'.

Selected wines include Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, Yalumba Virgilius Viognier, Giaconda Chardonnay, Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon - and Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner.

The Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner '... has staked a claim as one of the most interesting whites on the Australian landscape,' he wrote.

Thank you, Campbell!

HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2013 awarded 94 points by James Halliday | 11 March 2014

Our 2013 GRU has received the following rating by James Halliday in the Wine Companion magazine (April/May 2014): 'Picked over a number of days with different levels of ripeness, and the juice fermented in separate batches, some in tank, the rest wild-fermented in used French barriques. Bright straw-gold; mouthfilling varietal expression with ripe stone fruit/citrus/honey highlighted by the white pepper and spice of gruner veltliner. Will surprise many with its tenacity and longevity.' 94 points

HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2012 honoured at Landmark Australia tasting | 14 September 2013

Our GRU Gruner Veltliner 2012 has been honoured by being selected by Wine Australia for presentation at the Landmark Australia tastings which are being held in Adelaide during 'Savour Australia 2013' from 15 September - 18 September 2013.

The Landmark Australia tastings will showcase wines that exemplify 'Australia's ultimate wine offering.' These tastings will be hosted by some of Australia's wine industry luminaries including wine educator and Savour Australia 2013 MC, Jeremy Oliver; wine critic, James Halliday; sommelier, Kim Bickley; wine writer, Tyson Stelzer; and wine writer/wine judge, Mike Bennie.

The Landmark Australia concept is designed to show the wine world the rich diversity, history and quality of Australian wine. The focus is on the best examples of current styles and brilliant historic perspectives. These Landmark Australia Tastings reflect Australia's fine wine dimension - the ultra-premium collectables that are known and respected around the world.

HHW GRU 2012 rated top Gruner internationally | 4 June 2013

At a recent tasting of international Gruners in Austria, organised by the prestigious magazine Falstaff, the HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2012 came out tops! According to Falstaff magazine, the HHW GRU is ' ... one of the best that the New World has to offer.' The tasting comprised gruners from Europe (other than Austria) plus all New World offerings from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

The tasting notes were as follows: Bright green yellow. With delicate meadow herbs, baked fresh apple fruit, a touch of citrus zest, dark mineral, hints of tobacco, very typical bouquet. Closely complex, fine green apple fruit, firm texture, finessed structure, is lively and animating, a hint of lime in the aftertaste - long and minerally.

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'Zsa Zsa' Zweigelt Rosé makes her debut | 1 March 2013

This is probably the first Zweigelt wine to be made in Australia! Zweigelt is a true native of Austria that was originally created in 1922 by Dr Fritz Zweigelt by crossing two other famous Austrian varieties, Blaufrankisch and St Laurent.

At Hahndorf Hill we have used this beautiful grape to make a dry, textured rosé that has been wild-fermented in old French oak barriques. Already it has developed a following and has been awarded 93 points by Mike Bennie, WBM and 91 points by Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide.

GRU 2012 wins Blue-Gold Award | 1 December 2012

The Sydney International Wine Show is unique amongst wine competitions as the winning wines are judged with food. We are extremely proud to announce that the HHW GRU Gruner Veltliner 2012 has won a Blue-Gold Medal at this prestigious wine show.

The wine has also been awarded a Silver Medal at the Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2012.

Our Austrians win international praise | 30 September 2012

We're delighted to announce that the HHW Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2010 and GRU Gruner Veltliner 2011 have both received international praise. The Blaufrankisch was awarded a Gold medal and the Gruner a Seal at the prestigious 2012 Vienna International Wine Challenge - the world's largest wine competition.

This is the second time that our Blaufrankisch has clinched Gold at the Vienna International, and it follows on the success of the 2010 vintage being ranked the top 'Alternative Red Variety' wine in Australia with 95 points in the 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.

Our newly-released 2012 GRU is also making its mark, having just received a glowing review from international wine guru, Jancis Robinson, who wrote of this wine: 'Many congratulations. Very neat, very varietal and very well balanced.'