Localization: New South Wales, Australia
Tasting Notes: Generous plum fruit aromas enhanced with a hint of cracked pepper and sweet French oak. This full-bodied wine is well balanced with sweet plum and elegant soft tannins on the finish.
The Domain: The Beelgara Winery has a history that dates back over 80 years; Italian immigrants originally built it in 1930. The winery is near the village of Beelbangera, which is in the Riverina and one of Australia’s largest grape-growing regions. The name Beelgara is taken from the original name “Beelgara Vineyards” which is the proud and historical name for the vineyard sites that surround the winery even today.
An extensive expansion and upgrading program has been undertaken since 2001 with a major additional focus on operational efficiency, functionality, amenity, and quality. This extensive capital expenditure program has been undertaken to improve the winery layout, upgrade plant and equipment and streamline the winery and packaging processes.
Being located in the Riverina Wine District of NSW, the winery has a rich resource in local quality fruit but also sources cool climate parcels of wine from across Australia, including Hilltops, Clare, Adelaide Hills, Watervale, Coonawarra, and Yarra Valley to build a truly Australian brand offering across its premium wine ranges. Beelgara’s wines range from affordable to premium price points.
Wines are made by Rod Hooper, an accomplished winemaker with over 30 vintages to his name. A graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College with a Bachelor of Oenology, Rod gained international winemaking experience with vintages in California, France, and Germany. He has worked as a winemaker for Penfold’s, Hardy’s, Goundrey, and Leasingham.