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Rebel wine chat: “Heroes” James Thomas

James Thomas is originally from the UK where he grew up around farming. His grandparents were part of the green revolution and his granddad at 94 is still growing flowers and potatoes. His parents planted a two-acre hobby vineyard when he was a teenager, so there are no surprises as to what influenced him to become a grower and winemaker. James has been in Australia since 2004, gaining an oenology degree at Latrobe University.

We spent a couple of hours in the vineyard with James where he generously shared his time, passion, organic vineyard management techniques and a good old car boot tasting.

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Rebel wine chat: Smallfry’s Wayne Ahrens

Over a bowl of Ramen and tasting of his new vintages I got the opportunity to chat wine with Smallfry vigneron, winemaker and owner Wayne Ahrens about biodynamics and his love of grape growing and winemaking. Wayne is your typical down to earth winemaker, passionate about organic and biodynamic viticulture and low intervention winemaking. Along with partner Suzy, he runs Smallfry and is the face behind the brand.

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What goes on at the table, stays at the table…


At Wine Revolution we exist to connect inquisitive and thoughtful wine drinkers to the winemakers who are trailblazing low intervention winemaking. These winemakers typically have a day job and in their spare time lay everything on the line to follow their dream of making their own wine. Wine that puts fruit first, wine that truly represents the soil it’s grown from, wine that connects you to the place it’s from.

One such winemaker is respected Adam Louder, you may of heard of him. His day job is chief winemaker at Mt. Langhi Ghiran, an iconic Victorian winery. Lucky for us in his spare time, he and his partner Nancy Panter have created their own label, SubRosa. It’s great!

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The Rebel Wine Club

Why do I need need to join The Rebel Wine Club?

Indulge in familiar, new and unknown varieties and styles

This is probably the simplest and most undeniable of all the reasons here. If you’re on our website, socials, or having a quick read through our emails, you’re somebody with a curious palette. Although we’d never knock your old faithful Cab Sav, or that hits the spot every sunny day Chardonnay, trying different varietals and flavours is the only way you’re going to discover your next favourite wine.

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Spring Tasting & Launch

I just love the sights and sounds of a wine tasting in action. Chatting, laughter, wine pouring, bottles clinking, people mingling, pens scribbling, and vibrant platters of charcuterie, cheese and fruit.

Wine Revolution’s mission is to give lovers of good honest wine the opportunity to discover the different varietals, styles, and regions of wines that are made sustainably and responsibly. On Saturday 20th October, we did just that by bringing together 19 different wine producers.

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