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USA Trade Tasting (USATT) is an annual adult beverage trade specialist trade tasting and business conference being launched in order to promote sustainable growth in the independent beverage industry by helping boutique wineries, craft breweries, craft distilleries, importers, distributors, retailers and beverage companies learn, source and grow.

10 Innovative Products at USATT 2017

USA Trade Tasting is a trade show dedicated to showcasing new and innovative products to importers, distributors, retailers and press professionals of the US wine, spirits and beer industry. This year saw 130 exhibitors from all over the world. From these, we show you 10 products that we grabbed our attention. 

1) Vodquila 

Red Eye Louie’s Vodquila has been making great strides in becoming a well-known brand for all to enjoy and is currently available for purchase in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia, with many other states being added in the upcoming months.

Vodquila is a special blend of Ultra Premium Vodka and imported Super Premium Tequila. The Vodka is made from multiple grains and distilled SIX times whereas the Tequila is made from Pure Blue Agave Plants and distilled in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. It’s time that everyone enjoyed the best of both drinks! So ask for Vodquila!

2) Amor de Agave

Amor de Agave is a collection of intense flavors which explodes into great moments. It was born into this world to change ordinary moments into amazing memories with yourself and with others, in harmony and happiness, full of love and well being.

Take a drink with Amor de Agave, share some moments with it, and let your heart talk honestly with yourself. Let Amor de Agave also join you when you are alone. In a smooth and deeply way let it tells you what you really want, what you are looking for from the deepest part of your Being.

the mezcal is aged in wooden barrels. The finished aroma is natural and robust, a combination of Agave, mesquite and ocote rich vegetal notes and a tinge of smoke that complement these flavors without overwhelming the balance. The unique, delicate and taste balance of Amor de Agave.


LIQS Cocktail Shots, the world’s first premixed portable cocktail in a shot, are revolutionizing the liquor industry with their ready-made mixtures of premium spirits real fruit juice and natural flavors. They have created a new standard for RTD’s with its portable “Cocktail Shots”.

The brainchild of Michael Glickman and Harley Bauer, two born and raised New Yorkers who both have a passion for premium spirits, they are the first of its kind. LIQS are currently sold in four flavors and available at liquor stores, bars/clubs, hotels, golf courses, music venues/festivals and many other venues across the country.

4) Get Hot Tequila

Get Hot Tequila was first brought to market in 2016 when John Vasicek first imported his habanero-infused 100% Agave Tequila Reposado into California.

Quality is a number one concern for the product as Get Hot Tequila knows that consumers are willing to try almost anything, but getting repeat customers is the pathway to brand success.  “Consumers like new, they like fresh, but if the quality isn’t there, they won’t be back, so being a premium brand is where they wanted to be,” says John Vasicek.

Get Hot Tequila’s mission is to become the “go-to” infused tequila. That mission began with sourcing an exceptional Reposado and combining it with a sophisticated (not heavy-handed) habanero infusion that packed just the right amount of heat to bring on a visceral reaction.

5) Maxime Trijol 

Cognac Maxime Trijol family history is one of measured, methodical achievement.They originally settled in St Martial Sur Né, in the heart of the Cognac region. The first still was installed in November 1859.

Ever since they have continued to maintain their expertise as growers and distillers.

The region consists of some 78,000 hectares of vines (Approximately 95% of this vineyard is used for Cognac production).  Cognac Maxime Trijol distills their wine 24 hours a day until the March 31st, the legal deadline for their spirit to be called a cognac. Thereafter it can be nothing more than a brandy.

6) Bira 91

B9 Beverages (the company behind Bira 91) has started up with the mission to bring a craft beer revolution in India & the US. Based out of New Delhi, with expansion throughout the US, everyone at B9 cares deeply about one thing, and one thing only – creating and making beers that people can fall in love with.

Bira is the smart simian mascot, an idiosyncratic monkey which reflects everything that they stand for – being estoric, eccentric, unconventional and unorthodox. They are the lynchpin of their services with a peerless insight into the tastes of beer connoisseurs! Beers brewed by them are an eclectic mix of exotic ingredients that epitomize the flavors of the traditional Bavarian farms, the mystical Himalayas and the gourmet tastes of France and Belgium.Their style is aesthetic and thus they have a penchant for organic, handcrafted beers.

7) Mezcal Nucano 

Mezcal Nucano a 100% artisanal mezcal from the San Dionisio Ocotepec region of the state of Oaxaca. The term “mezcal” originates from Mexcalli Náhuatl (“metl” maguey, “ixcalli” cooked) and means cooked maguey. Mezcal Nucano provides the customer with an authentic mezcal, a product of working the land in its purest and most Traditional form and available thanks to the efforts of Men of Field.

This unique, high-quality mezcal contains culture and Tradition in each bottle, aiming to connect each of its customers with the origin of this ancestral drinking, and putting a little piece of Oaxaca in their hands.
Nucano (Great Fire) was an important character in the history of Oaxaca, a brave Mixtec warrior who fell in love with the Zapotec Princess Donají, and who, in the name of that love, sought to bring peace to the two nations.

8) Sontinh Liquor

Son Tinh is a unique selection of authentic Vietnamese flavors, carefully handcrafted in small batches from 100% natural ingredients, and well matured over many years.
The appeal and quality of this traditional yet trendy product range have been acknowledged at several international spirit competitions making Sơn Tinh Vietnam’s first internationally recognized and awarded liquor, as an original Vietnamese spirit category called “Rượu”.

From the most fragrant sticky rice to rare herbs from the mountain forests Sơn Tinh only uses the finest raw materials that nature can provide. The diversity of climate and soil, as well as annual changes, are all reflected in the colors and flavors of the liquors of that year.

9) Distillerie De La Tour 

Distillerie de la tour has always paid particular attention to the wine selection. They have partnerships with over 1000 wine growers and can, therefore, guarantee supplies of wines from all the Cognac wine terroirs: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, etc. Before each distillation in a Charentais copper pot still, all the wines are rigorously analyzed and tasted, and then the Master Distiller carefully adjusts his distillation method in complete compliance with the appellation requirements in order to express the full quintessence of the grape in these “eaux-de-vie” which will one day become Cognac.


4300 French oak barrels (350-450 liters each) of Cognac in their aging cellars means guaranteed volume availability and enables us to respond to their customers’ needs. The Cellar Master has a permanent stock of Cognacs of different ages with a wide range of aroma profiles and can create tailor-made blends whose finesse and elegance are recognized and appreciated worldwide.

10) Black Horse Liquors 

Black Horse Liquor LLC is a NJ based company owned and operated by Zereen Mirabello who is a native of Cape Town, South Africa. Black Horse Liquor (BHL) represents Spirits and Liqueurs produced by SLD Liquor Manufacturers PTY. LTD based in the heart of Cape Town. 

SLD Liquor Manufacturers, a family owned company that started from humble beginnings producers’ premium products that compete on the international spirits market.  Starting with only a few brands, they have expanded their range to more than 25 different products ranging from Cream Liqueurs to various spirits such as Vodka, Tequila, Gin ,and Cane.

They have a state of the art FDA approved manufacturing facility and all of their ingredients are local to the region. All products are double distilled to enhance pure flavors and are made from their Premium Black Horse signature brands.

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USATT 2018 Exhibitor Story : Azienda Agricola Spadafora

About Azienda Agricola Spadafora

Spadafora is a noble Sicilian family whose first certified traces date back to 1230. Over the centuries the house has held five principalities, a duchy, two marquisates, an earldom and twenty-five baronages. Some family members have occupied prominent positions in the Kingdom of Sicily and in some European countries.

The founder of the company, Azienda Agricola Spadafora, is Don Pietro dei Principi di Spadafora, who inherited the estate from his uncle, Michele De Stefani, a talented farmer and breeder of racehorses.

The estate suffered a lot of damage during the 1968 earthquake but Don Pietro committed himself to the reconstruction and redevelopment of the vineyard, reappraising the native grape varieties and introducing non-native varieties to Sicily for the creation of quality wines. The current owner is Francesco Spadafora, son of Don Pedro.

Azienda Agricola Spadafora

The history of Spadafora bottled wine began almost twenty years ago, in the summer of 1988, when Francesco Spadafora’s father decided it would be better to explore another world, to see how it was, so from their land in Mussomeli, a family-owned property in inland Sicilian, where he grew wheat, he moved to Virzì to take care of the vineyards and make wine from the grapes. He immediately became passionate about it, thinking about what his father would like and what he wanted.

After tasting and testing, he decided in 1993 that he would only produce wine from grapes grown on this land, and he produced their first bottle, which he naturally named after his father: Don Pietro.

Azienda Agricola Spadafora

Azienda Agricola Spadaforas Vineyards

The grapes grown on the estate are harvested by hand and arrive in the winery in small, six hundredweight trucks, within about ten or fifteen minutes after cutting, in order to be processed immediately.

Harvesting of the white grapes, Chardonnay, Inzolia, Catarratto and Grillo, starts at around six o’clock in the morning so as to reach a temperature of around 17°C. The grapes are grown at a height varying between 220 and 400 meters above sea level and, under normal conditions, are subject to a temperature variation of 10-15°C, between day and night.

The white grapes are then stripped, using a rotating eccentric screw pump, and drop into a heat exchanger, which further lowers the temperature by 10-15°C, and finally, arrive in a pneumatic press.

The must is immediately cooled, thereby causing spontaneous decanting, and about two days later the clear part is poured into concrete vats, where controlled fermentation takes place. The red grapes are also processed immediately: they are stripped and then, using the same pump, placed in fermentation vats for maceration. The duration of maceration on the skins varies, depending on whether the grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, After a period of maceration on the skins, the grapes are placed in the Vaslin press and the liquid is separated by successive pressing; it is then transferred to concrete vats where malolactic fermentation occurs; at this stage, a portion of the product is stored in small, 225-litre oak barrels in the aging cellar, and another part is refined directly in concrete vats.

Once the wine is ready, it is bottled and packaged in the winery using a Bertolaso monoblock, a capper, and a Cavagnino e Gatti labeller.

Azienda Agricola Spadafora Brands

Enrica Spadafora

Color: Luminous yellow, the abundance of fine and persistent bubbles.
Bouquet: fresh and sweet as fruit. Pierced by a mineral streak, nuts, and bread essence.
Taste: extreme freshness. Beautiful acid trail supported by a superb structure.


excellent as an aperitif sparkling wine, exceptional with raw food, fish, baked fish, and shellfish.


Varietal: Grillo 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: North-West

Altitude: 400 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 2000

Harvest: August

Yield: 35 hl/hectare

Vinification and aging: Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless vats is carried out for 12 months prior to tirage, which prompts slow fermentation in a bottle; a requirement of classic method. The bottles are kept in racks for 30 months (42 months total from harvest) to acquire that unmistakable bouquet.

Capacity: 75 cl.

Schietto Chardonnay

Azienda Agricola Spadafora

Colour: golden yellow.
Bouquet: intense and complex, with crusty bread.
Taste: ripe citrus, spices, rich, full-bodied.


Risotto with seafood, grilled shellfish, fish, and sushi.


Varietal: Chardonnay 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: North

Altitude: 400 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 1996

Harvest: August

Yield: 40 hl/hectare

Vinification and aging: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, at a controlled temperature in cement vats.

Aging: 30% aged 3 months in oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel; then a year in the bottle.

Capacity: 75 cl.

Nero d’Avola Rosato

Delicate rosy hue. A fruity aroma, slightly acidic, aromatic and light-bodied.


Tasty fish-based dishes, pasta dressed with mild sauces, light salamis.


Varietal: Nero d’Avola 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: East

Altitude: 250 m above sea level

Soil: A sandy-loamy granulometry

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 2006

Harvest: August

Yield: 80 hl/hectare

Vinification and aging: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, at a controlled temperature in a steel tank.

Aging: 5 months in steel and 2 months in the bottle.

Capacity: 75 cl.

Sole dei Padri

Colour: deep purple-red.
Bouquet: enveloping with notes of berries.
Taste: rich and incisive. Firm and well-balanced tannins.


Roasts, game, and mild cheese.


Varietal: Syrah 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: North

Altitude: 450 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 1996

Harvest: End of August

Yield: 30 hl/hectare more or less

Vinification and aging: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, in cement vats. Up to 20 days of temperature controlled maceration.

Aging: 1 year in barrel, then 24 months in bottle.

Capacity: 75 cl. – 150 cl. – 300 cl.

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Australian Wine Exports Grow 10%

The Wine Australia Export Report June 2017, released on July 19, shows that Australian wine export value increased by $201 million (10%) in 2016–17 to $2.31 billion, and is underpinned by strong export growth to China and the United States of America (US).

Australia is the world’s fifth biggest exporter of wine – behind France, Italy, Spain, and Chile. In 2016–17, Australia outperformed each of the four larger exporters in its rate of export growth.

Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said, ‘Pleasingly, nearly all price points experienced growth and there were benefits for exporters in all segments of the market.

‘The strongest growth was in more premium wines, with all price segments of $10 per liter FOB and above experiencing growth, and the strongest rate of growth for wines $30–49.99 per liter FOB.

‘There were a record 1997 exporters last financial year and 69 per cent contributed to the total increase in value shown.

‘An interesting development from last year was the growth in the carbonated wine category, which includes varieties such as Moscato. Exports more than doubled to $30 million. The United States was the destination for 35 per cent of the carbonated wine exports, with mainland China (15 per cent) and Japan (14 per cent) the other major destinations’, he said.

Handpicked Wines Export Director James Hunt, said the company’s success in Asia came through hard work and ensuring brand equity across the region while also recognizing that each market and its culture was unique.

‘This is built on the back of tight brand guidelines, frequent market visits, engaged activity and communication with all levels of the distribution chain. In particular, the importers and distributors are educated to manage the message and value chain through to the consumers.

‘As the business grew we found the need to employ within the region to maintain the brand values and ensure the message was consistent across the region, particularly with local websites, trade material, and social media accounts’, Mr. Hunt said.

Figure 1: Exports of wine by price segment


Price segment (A$/litre FOB)

Value 2017

Added value

Growth rate

$2.49 and under








































$200.00 +








Exports by region

Australian wine exports to most regions recorded growth in 2016–17, except for those to Europe, which declined by 1 per cent to $568 million, and Oceania, which fell by 1 per cent to $87 million.

Exports to Northeast Asia continued to drive growth, with their value increasing by $178 million (29 per cent) to a record $797 million. Southeast Asia was the next biggest growing region with exports increasing by $20 million (14 per cent) to a record $162 million. Exports also grew to North America by $5 million (1 per cent) to $651 million, and the Middle East by $3 million (18 per cent) to a record $22 million.

Greater China

Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) has been at the hub of the revival of Australian wine exports.

In 2016–17, exports to Greater China increased by 33 per cent to $721 million. The implementation of the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) at the end of 2015 has provided impetus to an already strong market.

Hong Kong is a vital trading hub with important distribution links to mainland China. Some imported wines in Hong Kong are re-exported to other Asian destinations, with 95 per cent of re-exports going to mainland China and Macau. Hence, not all Australian wine exported to Hong Kong is consumed in the country. ChAFTA, which is reducing import tariffs for Australian wine into China over time, has meant that less wine destined for mainland China is routed through Hong Kong, which has contributed to a decline in exports to Hong Kong.

Figure 2 illustrates how this trend began when the Declaration of Intent was signed and has since continued.

Exports to Greater China, mainland China vs. Hong Kong

Mainland China’s position as the number one destination for Australian wine exports by value was consolidated in 2016–17. Exports grew by 44 per cent in value to $607 million.

Bulk wine exports more than doubled to $37 million but the bulk share of exports is low at 6 per cent. Bottled wine exports also grew strongly, up 41 per cent to $568 million, representing a 94 per cent share. Mainland China accounts for 40 per cent of all Australian wine exports priced at $10 per liter FOB or more.

By value, Australia holds a 24 per cent share of wine imported by mainland China, behind only France with a 41 per cent share. However, Australian wine exports are growing at much faster rates than most major competitors.

In 2016–17, the value of exports to Hong Kong declined by 8 per cent to $114 million and volume declined by 15 per cent to 8 million liters, but the average value of exports to Hong Kong increased by 8 per cent to $13.88 per liter FOB. Hong Kong has the highest average value among the top 50 destinations to which Australia exports and 77 per cent of exports to Hong Kong are valued at $10 or more per liter FOB.

Australian wine will take center stage at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 as the Country of Honour. Vinexpo Hong Kong is the key trade-only wine and spirits exhibition in the Asia Pacific region. The invite-only event attracts top decision making importers, buyers, and sommeliers, and provides a forum for education and trade networking.

United States of America (US)

In 2016–17, exports to the US increased by 3 per cent to $464 million – the highest value since 2011–12. The overall increase in value was driven by white wine exports, up 3 per cent to $181 million, and carbonated wine (mainly Moscato) increasing 10-fold to $11 million in value.

The US is the largest destination for Australian Pinot Grigio exports, accounting for over three-quarters of the category’s exports. Pinot Grigio exports grew by 16 per cent to $24 million last year.

The positive trend towards Australian premium wines in the United States continued. Exports at $10 per liter FOB or more increased by 21 per cent to $43 million.

United Kingdom (UK)

The UK remains the number one destination for Australian exports by volume; more Australian wine is shipped to the UK than any other market.

Overall, the total value of exports to the UK declined by 7 per cent to $341 million. However, there was very strong growth in exports at the high-end of price points, exports at $10 per liter FOB or more grew by 13 per cent to $28 million.

Elliot Awin from wine importer Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies said ‘Our focus is supporting the independent trade, where we see a real resurgence in interest for Australia across the pricing spectrum. Independent merchants are rotating ranges regularly with an eye to the new, modern Australia, preferring wines with a real story or point of difference; many will preference purchasing from winemakers with whom they’ve met. Whether it be small batch single vineyard wines, traditional method sparkling wines or “alternative varietals” from small producers, there is a growing thirst for these products. Winemakers pushing the boundaries away from tradition have also seen success.’

Australia’s top five export markets accounted for 74 per cent of the value of Australian exports

  • Mainland China – $607 million ?44%
  • US – $464 million ?3%
  • UK – $341 million ?7%
  • Canada ­– $186 million ?5%
  • Hong Kong ­– $114 million ?8%.

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USATT 2018 Exhibitor Story: Musgrave Crafted Spirits

About Musgrave Crafted Spirits

Maurice Boon Musgrave, the grandfather of founder Simone Musgrave, left Plymouth in 1949 bound for Africa to start a new life exploring and discovering the people and land of Africa. Three months on a ship with a small baby, a measles outbreak and many a day of seasickness and the adventure that would change the shape of his family had begun. From then onward, an African family would take on the adventure Maurice had started. The spirit of endeavor, adventure and courage live on in granddaughter, Simone, guardian of Maurice’s passion for the unusual.

Musgrave Gin is no ordinary spirit – it is an artisan gin celebrated for its top notes of Cardamom, African Ginger and Grains of Paradise.

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The founder and creative driving force behind Musgrave Gin, Simone Musgrave, has found expression of the plentiful delights of a bygone era in her favourite flower – the rose. The delightful salmon-tinted Musgrave Pink Gin is a doffing of the pith helmet to those days gone by and it celebrates the inspirational flower as a classic symbol of this age. Beautifully presented and expertly crafted, it almost seems a shame to have to drink this gin –but a shame it certainly is not.

After toiling away in the bustle of the City of London for nearly 15 years, ex-lawyers Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk abandoned the rat race to follow the sun. The couple eventually found their way back home, to South Africa – after falling in love with craft gin in the Mediterranean – and refurbished a rundown warehouse in the heart of industrial Salt River, creating the Mother City’s first distillery. It is in this small urban haven that the two of them work (and live), dedicating their lives to the age old process of batch distillation with their two faithful stills – Mildred and Maude – the first stills to be licensed in the City of Cape Town.  Mildred and Maude are gleaming stainless steel, very much in keeping with the industrial heartland of Salt River, and a breakaway from the traditional copper pot stills used by other distillers in South Africa.

Lucy and Leigh collaborated with esteemed South African craft distiller, Roger Jorgensen, to formulate Musgrave Gin, based on botanicals chosen by Musgrave Gin founder, Simone Musgrave. Juniper and coriander are steeped in neutral spirit, which is then finely distilled in Mildred, with a basket containing the rest of the botanicals sitting in the path of the vapour and delicately infused into the spirit.

Brands of Musgrave Gin

Musgrave original crafted Gin has 11 botanicals andis born out of the flavours and history of Africa and its ancient spice route.  Musgrave 11 Premium is no ordinary gin and its top notes of aromatic Cardamom, African Ginger (Whitei Mondei) and Grains of Paradise are reminiscent of the perfume of spice markets.  Musgrave Gin top notes are all linked by the family of Africa or a family of flavours as is the Musgrave history.


Musgrave Pink Gin has all of the spice and flavour of Musgrave 11 but is toned down to be gentler and less spicy and to bring out the floral of the rosehips and the infused rosewater.

From a bygone era to today, the rose is symbol of love and passion. Rose-scented oils still grace festive occassions, and exotic rosewater exalts our food and beauty regimes. Musgrave pink celebrates the flower of love and beauty with the source of the rose, rosehip, which complement Musgrave’s spicy nature.  It is then infused with rose water for its timeless perfume and romance.

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USATT 2018 Exhibitor Story: Don Tony Perez Corp

About Don Tony Perez Corp:

Don Tony Perez Wines is proud to introduce our fine wine to the world. Imported from Chile and Italy. They carry a great selection of Reserva, Gran Reserva, and Sparkling wine.Their quality wine is delicately formulated with key elements in nature that are carefully measured to produce a superb quality of the wine. Among these elements are the climate and soil. The valley where Bodegas Perez and Don Tony Perez wines reside is in Chile. Their wines have developed their own unique style. They are focused on delicious fruit flavor and elegance. Enjoy the lavish taste of Don Tony Perez Wines Chilean Collections.

 Don Tony Perez Corp Brands:

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


First and foremost, this is an earth-driven, very mineral wine. Mushrooms and potting soil are quite apparent on the nose but fade to the background across the palate. Leather, berries, and cinnamon came to life once tasted, along with wet wood and dark chocolate (indicating mature barrels were used in production). Tremendously approachable for such a young Cabernet.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile red wine that pairs well with most red wine friendly dishes, as good as pasta and burgers as it is with beef Wellington.

Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


This wine is extremely fruit forward, conceivably due to the young age. The nose is bursting with boysenberries, blackberries, and cherries. Some secondary aromas exist and include fresh ground pepper and red roses. This wine is very interesting and I’d like to see how it develops over the next few years. Still young and very powerful, I would pair with a steak or grilled sausages.

This Cabernet Pairs well with a wide variety of foods without overpowering them; try braised short-ribs, stuffed peppers, pork tenderloin, and even dark chocolate.

Gran Reserva Syrah 2014


This is a stunning expression of the Syrah grape and fully came to life after decanting. The nose consists of licorice and stewed fruits like blackberry jam, cranberry sauce, and orange marmalade. Very complex, as the palate is quite different than the nose. Secondary flavors of red pepper flakes, pine needles, chocolate and candied currants exist across the palate and throughout the finish. While a full bodied wine, the tannins are smooth and do not overwhelm. Exceptional and multifaceted!


Meats such as top Sirloin, Ribeye Steaks, Bratwurst and Barbecue pork all are great pairings with Syrah. Grilling these meats may also help to match the intensity of a bold Syrah.

Gran Reserva Petit Verdot 2011

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Petit Verdot is a hardy grape with a lot of tannins. That makes Petit Verdot in wine and food pairings a natural fit for rich, meat dishes, grilled steak, spicy pork, veal, lamb, all types of game and sausage. Spicy foods pair well with Petit Verdot and it’s perfect for a myriad of different hard and semi soft cheeses.


Petit Verdot is a hardy grape with a lot of tannins. That makes Petit Verdot in wine and food pairings a natural fit for rich, meat dishes, grilled steak, spicy pork, veal, lamb, all types of game and sausage. Spicy foods pair well with Petit Verdot and it’s perfect for a myriad of different hard and semi soft cheeses.

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USATT 2018 Exhibitor Story: Glenlofty Wines Pty Ltd

About Glenlofty Wines Pty Ltd:

Glenlofty single-vineyard wines all express the soul of Victoria’s cool-climate Pyrenees foothills terroir, more often compared with France’s northern Rhone than with Australia’s warmer Barossa or Hunter Valleys. Only since 2013 has Glenlofty’s premium fruit, crafted with premium French oak, been bottled under its own label. So the Glenlofty brand is decidedly a dark horse, winning friends and gold medals right and left.

Glen Lofty’s vineyards have been carefully nurtured since 1995 in the cool-climate foothills of Victoria’s Pyrenees. Formerly blended into premium wines produced by Penfolds, Seppelts, Rosemount and Brown Bros, Glen Lofty’s remarkable fruit has been bottled under its own Glenlofty Wines label only since 2013, with the difficult 2011 year being its first own vintage.

Early industry applause has been rapid – from industry peers in the Pyrenees and further afield, from the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Heathcote, Yarra Valley and the Hunter. Not because Glen Lofty’s wines are similar to these well-known appellations – they’re clearly different. But because top Australian winemakers and vignerons know a super-premium cool-climate wine when it sings from their glass.

Judges in blind tastings from Melbourne to Hong Kong to London agree. The first Glenlofty release has garlanded itself with gold medals from all these. Eight gold medals so far, seven silver medals and nine bronzes. One prominent wine judge says (off the record, of course) that the Glenlofty 2011 Single-Vineyard Shiraz is clearly the outstanding Victorian Shiraz of that vintage.

Glenlofty vineyard has made contributions over the years to many trophy-winning wines, including the famous Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, Seppelts Shiraz and the celebrated Marsanne Roussanne blends of the early 2000’s. GlenLofty’s Decameron vineyard, 5 km south of Glenlofty, was planted in 1996, with most of its harvests channeled into Brown Bros ultra-premium wines, like their famous Patricia Shiraz.

Glenlofty Vineyards:

Victoria’s Pyrenees form a special appellation in the foothills of Australia’s great Dividing Range. An increasingly well-known cool-climate range of vineyards poised between the old gold-mining towns of Avoca and Elmhurst.

In 1836, European exploration started to map the advantages of the Pyrenees region of western Victoria, and viticulture was introduced soon after. By 1890, there were vineyards at Avoca, Landsborough, Moonambel, and Amphitheatre but these were all wiped out by the looming phylloxera plague, and not replanted for half a century.

In 1963, planting recommenced with a joint venture between the Australian Nathan & Wyeth group and the French Remy Martin. With many years of premium wines, still and sparkling, to its credit, this venture has now matured into the well-known Blue Pyrenees. Many other well-known wineries have followed, including France’s Goelet family with Taltarni, the Jones family at Dalwhinnie, the Barrys at Mount Avoca, the Bazzanis at Warrenmang, the Robbs at Sally’s Paddock and the family Summerfield. Glenlofty was established in 1995 (moving from corporate to family ownership in 2010) and has been recently followed (next door to Glenlofty) at its Domaine Tournon by renowned Rhone market leader Maison M. Chapoutier.

Reportedly, Michel Chapoutier exclaimed “Greatness is possible” when he analyzed the terroirs of the Pyrenees. Glenlofty shares this view and is totally committed to it as a team.

Pyrenees premium red wine reputations have been won across the world, and not only with Shiraz, where the Pyrenees duality of richness and elegance wins frequent comparisons with the outstanding wines of the northern Rhone, like Chapoutier’s famous Hermitages and even the fabled Cote-Rotie. Pyrenees Shiraz is very different from Barossa and even Heathcote wines.

Geology and soils:

The ancient soils of the Victorian Pyrenees were formed during the Palaeozoic period – between 245 and 544 million years ago. After the “Cambrian explosion” of invertebrates, vertebrates, bony fish and plants to the sudden disappearance of 90% of all living species, and after 400 million years of slow geological decay, Glen Lofty’s soils are predominantly formed from none granitic rocks and sediments, ranging from ancient river beds of loose fluvial gravel or sand and silt to hills of red textured soils of sandstone and siltstone.


Victoria’s Pyrenees enables cool-climate winemaking because its inland location leads to low midsummer relative humidity and large daily temperature ranges in Spring and early Summer.

GlenLofty’s vineyards show a range of microclimates, which mitigate against the risk of frost and allow extended ripening hours before vintage.

GlenLofty Brands:

Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Shiraz Viognier. RRP $28

Colour: bright ruby red. Nose: fragrant black pepper and black truffle aromatics. Palate: rich dark fruits, medium body, bright, peppery long-finishing minerality. 14.0% ABV

Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Nebbiolo. RRP $28

Colour: old-brick red with characteristic Nebbiolo orange hues. Nose: flowers, red cherries and chocolate with toffee notes. Palate: succulent, medium body, savoury flavors, and smooth tannins. 14.4% ABV.

Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. RRP $26

Colour: deep ruby red. Nose: cassis, black olive, hints of fresh herbs. Palate: blackcurrant fruit, fine-grain tannins, a wine of structure and length. 13.8% ABV

Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2012 Roussanne Marsanne. RRP $28

19% Roussanne, 21% Marsanne – the reverse of the usual balance, simply reflecting 2012 fruit qualities. Colour: straw yellow, slight hints of green. Nose: fresh pear and rich exotic spices. Palate: fresh pear, guava, and honeysuckle, good structure, faint minerality. 14.0% ABV

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