Bob’s Blog; Origin of sparkling wine in the Hunter

Sparkling Tintilla Blush with some Granita Syrup from the Two Fat Blokes and a day in the freezer made the welcoming Cocktail at our end of Harvest Hawaiian night. We have a long tradition of making sparkling wines in the Hunter, starting with the experiments of James King of Illawang. In 1850 he was awarded the Horticultural Society of Sydney’s …

Bob’s Blog; The Legends Harvest lunch

At the recent end of harvest Legends Lunch here in Pokolbin we were all asked to bring a Hunter wine of interest so among 13 of us gathered, there was a grand selection of old and not so old wines. Now we do tend to have palates that enjoy and can be forgiving of older wines and we tend to …

Bob’s Blog; The French connection: Early days

With our Tintilla French Long Lunch this past weekend I was thinking of why we were so influenced by the French in our winemaking. Timing is everything it is said and when it comes to the development of wine in New South Wales a number of factors came into play. In the UK the Georgian era embraced the ancient Greek …

Bob’s Blog; It’s about Balance – especially in a hot year

About23 years ago when we were developing Tintilla vineyard we had a visit from Richard Smart, the famed viticulturist, to advise us on what we were doing. He told us of a vineyard in Victoria where they had almost trained their vines to do without irrigation when they suddenly all died! Good fruit he pointed out was a result of …

Bob’s Blog for ‘Around Hermitage’

Shepherd’s Riesling – origin of Hunter Semillon While harvesting our Semillon I was asked by one of the pickers “how come Semillon does so well in the Hunter?” Well it was not by accident but as a result of keen observation and experiment in the early days of the wine industry that it emerged as a successful varietal in the …

Bob’s Blog for ‘Around Hermitage’

We recently visited the very successful Hunter Distillery on Broke Road as part of an Around Hermitage Famil organized by Victoria Tait. I was somewhat surprised to find out they only make sugar based products and do not distill wine! It got me thinking about the role distillation has had in our history The First Fleet’s arrival in Botany Bay …

Bob’s Blog for ‘Around Hermitage’

Let’s face it summer means Rose’ in Australia—and about time It’s been a long hot summer and I have been enjoying some fine drops of Rose’ wine to help ease the pain! We have certainly come a long way in our appreciation of these attractive, refreshing, crisp and lighter styles of wine. Our winemakers have started to take this style …

About Tintilla

You are always welcome  Tintilla Estate was established in 1994 it is a family-run, 25 acre Vineyard and Winery in Pokolbin the heart of the Hunter Valley wine growing area. Olive trees and woods flank the vineyard with its mosaic of vines planted to match the soils and slopes of the property, creating the unique […]

Tintilla New web page

This is our New web page, we hope you will find it more user friendly and most importantly Mobile friendly. It is linked to our Club and sales management system so if you would like to order any wine, you can join our club or it will automatically give your club discount. We would love to hear your feed back …