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All saints

The winery "All Saints Estate" is located in Wahgunyah on the southern bank of the Murray River in the northeast of the state of Victoria in Australia, The name (dt All Saints) was awarded to a parish in the Scottish county of Caithness. The origin dates back to 1864, when a piece of land was purchased and vines were 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 public works such as bridge construction and churches. However, the first attempt as a winemaker went awry and the two were also engaged in other activities such as riverboat trade by paddle steamer. The second attempt was in 1869 with new vineyards and construction of a wine cellar. In 1888, a castle was built on the model of the famous Scottish Castle of Mey (today owned by Queen Elizabeth). After the early death of his partner, GS Smith focused mainly on viticulture and was the first Australian winemaker, who won 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, the phylloxera to Australia and destroyed many vineyards. All Saints was one of the few wineries that survived and was replanted in 1912 with grafting. In 1922, the company reached its largest extent with 1,100 hectares. This was followed by severe setbacks from economic depression and difficult market conditions in Australia. In 1967 Ian, George and Peter Smith took over the fourth generation of the family. In the 1980s, the estate slipped into major financial problems and was in 1992 (as well as the neighboring winery St Leonards Vineyard) of Brown Brothers bought and the run-down property renovated. Finally, he 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 the operation, which are also part owner of Brown Brothers.

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

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