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All Saints

The All Saints Estate winery is located in Wahgunyah on the southern bank of the Murray River in northeastern Victoria Australia, The name was given to a parish in the Scottish county of Caithness. The origin is in 1864, when a piece of land was bought and vines planted by the two friendly Scottish immigrants George Sutherland Smith (1830-1906) and John Banks (1833-1876). The trained civil engineers had previously carried out various projects such as the construction of a bridge and churches. However, the first attempt as a winemaker went wrong and the two also dealt with other activities such as riverboat trading using paddle steamer. The second attempt was made in 1869 with new vineyards and the construction of a wine cellar. In 1888 a castle was built based on the famous Scottish Castle of Mey (now owned by Queen Elisabeth). After the early death of his partner, GS Smith focused mainly on viticulture and was the first Australian winemaker to win gold medals at world exhibitions ( Wien 1873, Paris 1878, Melbourne 1880).

David Banks Smith (1864-1937) successfully continued his father's work. At the beginning of the 20th century phylloxera to Australia and destroyed many vineyards. All Saints was one of the few wineries that survived and was replanted with grafts in 1912. In 1922 the company reached its largest size with 1,100 hectares. This was followed by severe setbacks due to economic depression and difficult market conditions in Australia. In 1967, the fourth generation of the family took over with Ian, George and Peter Smith. The estate slipped into major financial problems in the 1980s and was abandoned in 1992 (as was the neighboring St Leonards Vineyard) Brown Brothers bought and renovated the dilapidated property. Finally, it was acquired in 1999 by one of the Brown brothers - Peter Brown (1945-2005). After his death, the three children Eliza (CEO), Angela (Communication Manager) and Nicholas Brown (vineyards and cellars) took over, who are also part owners of Brown Brothers.

The property comprises 303 hectares of land with 109 hectares of vineyards. It will be the white varieties Chenin Blanc. Chardonnay. Marsanne. Muscadelle. Muscat Blanc. Muscat d'Alexandrie. Pinot gris. Riesling. Sémillon and Viognier, as well as the red wine varieties Brown Muscat. Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Durif. Merlot. Ruby Cabernet. Sangiovese and Shiraz ( Syrah ). The management follows the principles of Biodynamic viticulture, Through selective hand picking, only optimal grapes are processed. After gentle pressing with an over 100 year old basket press The vinification takes place in the traditional way with as few interventions as possible. Great value is placed on terroir and variety-specific wines. The large product range includes still wines, dessert wines, fortified wines in port style and bottle-fermented sparkling wines.

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