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Rebel Wine Chat: Cullen Chief Winemaker Vanya Cullen

Vanya Cullen

Our first Tasting Assembly Online Winemaker Series kicked off with Vanya Cullen, chief winemaker and Managing Director of her family wine company Cullen Wines.  She’s wine industry royalty having won many awards for her winemaking, as well as recognition for Cullen’s leadership and commitment to organics and sustainability. We also featured Vanya in our Women in Wine pack for International Woman’s Day where she reflected on what’s it’s like to be a female in a male-dominated industry.

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The New Wine ‘Normal’

Wine Revolution supports small, artisan producers who farm organic or biodynamic and sustainably. These producers avoid artificial inputs, look after their ecosystems, conserve natural resources and whose wines taste better. You’ll find these wines labelled either Certified Organic or Biodynamic. If a producer is not certified you’ll see them referred to as sustainable, low or minimal intervention, lo-fi or natural wines.

Here are seven reasons why we prefer to drink them.  For this article, we will refer to these wines as ‘low intervention’ wines. The new wine ‘normal’!

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Women in Wine Pack

An equal world is an enabled world #EachforEqual is the theme and hashtag for 2020’s International Women’s Day. This year the campaign will highlight gender equality, the benefits to business and how everyone can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

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Wine Tasting at home? Yes please!

The Tasting Assembly creates memorable, informative and fun tasting events for a variety of private groups – bringing together likeminded people to learn about and engage with organic sustainable and natural wines.

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Music and Wine Playlist 2020

2019 saw the release of the Wine Revolution’s inaugural Wine and Music playlist. In 2020 we have focused on wine in the lyrics, either as story or metaphor. We’ve analysed twelve songs which mention wine and paired them with some of our sustainably produced popular sellers which reflect the lyrics. A bit of fun for the long weekend. Grab a glass and crank up the volume. Find the list on Spotify or Apple Music

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Wine Revolution’s 2019 Top 10 Wines

Tamburlaine Au Naturel

What better way to compile our annual top 10 wine list?  2019 Tasting Assembly alumni of course!  Such a broad range of palates, and varietal preferences but tastings are there to open up a world of new flavours and styles. However, there was a commonality amongst the alumni with an appreciation of a winemaker’s hard working efforts in producing wine that is better for the environment and consumer. The final payoff? A wine that tastes better too.

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The Holiday Pack – Your festive wine guide

The Holiday Pack

Whether you’re kicking back and enjoying some much-needed downtime or you’re the one holding the fort at work, The Holiday Pack will have any festive occasion covered. We’ve chosen wines that are easy to drink, big on natural flavours and are, of course, from healthy, organically-grown, sustainable vineyards.

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New Zealand’s Wine Regions and Varietals

The commitment and collaboration of wine growers and makers towards sustainability standards shows just how serious the NZ wine industry is in protecting the long term health of the their unique and pristine environment, communities and businesses. Let’s not forget about the outcome of this commitment – delicious wine that represents their origin – and take a look at New Zealand’s Wine Regions and Varietals.

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New Zealand’s Sustainable Wine Practices

Greystone Vineyards

The New Zealand wine industry leads the way with their sustainable wine practices and standards. The industry is strongly committed to reducing their environmental impact. There are over 500 wine producers with 10% holding full organic or biodynamic certification, and an impressive 98% of vineyard producing areas is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ (SWNZ) certified.

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