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Chasing the Vine - Blog by Lauren Mowery

May 10, 2013 · 2:54 am

 

Tim Smith of Tim Smith Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Signature Wines/Prices: Barossa Mataro/Grenache/Shiraz , Barossa Shiraz , Eden Valley Viognier

Where were you born?  Where do you live now? Born in Adelaide, South Australia. Now resident in Vine Vale, via Tanunda, Barossa Valley.

How did you get into the wine business? Drinking a bottle of old Yarra Yering Dry Red #2 then meeting it’s maker, Dr Bailey Carrodus, coincidentally a few months later. I wanted to make something that had such an alluring bouquet.

What is most and least rewarding about being a winemaker? Most rewarding: travelling overseas, and talking to people that have tried and liked the wines. Least rewarding: Spending too much time doing the ‘admin’ side of the business!

What are the challenges of making wine in your region? Water is a big issue, as is growing grapes and getting them to be flavor ripe at lower sugar levels.

Have Australians’ wine preferences changed in the last 10 years? Yes, we are tending to drink more cooler-climate style red wines. Hopefully we stop drinking Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and discover our own unique whites as well.

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