Organic Love by Max Allen
Tamburlaine Wines holds a special place in Max Allen’s heart, and not just because it’s one of Australia’s biggest players in organic wine.
I HAVE A SOFT SPOT for Tamburlaine Wines. One beautiful summer’s day back in the early 1990s when my fiancé and I were planning our wedding, we took a chilled bottle of the winery’s Hunter Valley verdelho with us on a picnic and drank the wine as we wrote our vows together.
With my Green Gauge hat on, I also admire the way Tamburlaine has quietly gone about converting its more than 300 hectares of vineyards in the Hunter Valley and Orange to certified organic farming over the past 15 years, making it one of the biggest players in Australian organic wine.
The scale of Tamburlaine may come as a surprise to you; it has built most of its business by selling direct to consumer rather than in retail or restaurants. Some of the wine goes through independent bottle shops on the east coast of Australia, but the vast majority is sold through the winery’s cellar door at Pokolbin in the Hunter or to wine club and mailing list customers, some of whom have been buying Tamburlaine for three or four decades.
“Because we’re not in the big retailers, it means we’re still flying under the radar for a lot of people,” says Aaron Mercer, who has been winemaker at Tamburlaine for the past four years. “Even though we’ve been here since 1966.”
And the wines keep winning medals and trophies at competition after competition: Tamburlaine has long been a good performer on the wine show circuit, but since Mercer’s arrival, the success rate has ratcheted up a notch, with a 2019 riesling from the company’s Orange vineyards picking up a particularly impressive swag of trophies last year.
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We had the most perfect wedding here at Tamburlaine in March 2018 - Lou and Crystal went above and beyond for us and the place looked magical!
Wines were of course incredible, food amazing and the back deck for drinks (and fireworks) made it the best party we've ever thrown!
I have been enjoying these truly incredible wines for 2 decades. My passion is catering for friends and family and drinking these wines!!
An incredible experience in the tasting rooms. Family has travelled all over the world and enjoyed these wines at your vineyard. A highlight of their holiday!! Thanks, no words!! Love you Tamburlaine!
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