BULAHDELAH’s Old Inn Road Winery is celebrating the success of its Verdelho which has just won two medals at international wine shows here in Australia.
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The 2019 vintage of Verdelho is putting the Mid North Coast on the map as a great region for growing Verdelho grapes.
‘A gold and a silver is fabulous’ says Viticulturist Dale Bradshaw ‘It tells us we made the right decision to plant here, but it’s not the first time our Verdelho has won medals so we are changing people’s thinking on where grapes can be grown successfully ‘.
Growing grapes depends on the ‘terroir” or the soil, and commonly defines the specifics of a place that influence how well grapes grow including climate, soil and aspect.
The Old Inn Road Winery 2019 Verdelho won a gold medal at the Cairns International Wine Show which is the first show of the season.
It followed up on this success with a Silver Medal at the Australian Small Wine Makers Show which was held at Stanthorpe in Queensland competing against entries from Australia and New Zealand.
Dale Bradshaw told News Of The Area, “For us the ultimate test of the wine is whether our customers like the wine, but the shows provide us with independent verification that the wine is good, results at the shows confirm what we are doing in the vineyard and winery is meeting customers expectations.”
While the majority of the wine growing in NSW is based in and around the Hunter Valley, the Old Inn Road Winery on the Mid North Coast has shown that Bulahdelah has more than what it takes to make great wines.
Verdelho pairs perfectly with shellfish and of course you couldn’t go past a bottle of Old Inn Roads 2019 Verdelho paired with freshly shucked oysters.
By Marian SAMPSON