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The 2015 Margaret River Gourmet Escape is almost here

Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White. Marco will take part in the three-day culinary extravaganza from November 20 to 22, with a full program of events hosted by over 40 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities and showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River Wine region. Tickets are on sale NOW and you can grab them HERE. Grace Farm will be back for the fourth year running with a stall in the heart of the Gourmet Village (picture at the top). Winemaker Jonathan Mettam and viticulturist Tim Quinlan (pictured above) will be present to showcase some newly...

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Grace Farm soars in Halliday ratings

Grace Farm has not only maintained a five-star rating in James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion, but has also consolidated its position with higher ratings for all wines. Australia’s most authoritative wine expert released his annual guide this week. Grace Farm’s Cabernet Sauvignon 13 and soon-to-be-released Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 13 were awarded 96 points. Both the SBS 14 and Chardonnay 14 achieved 95 points. This is an impressive achievement for winemaker Jonathan Mettam and viticulturist Tim Quinlan whose aim is to produce premium wines with consistency and finesse. 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - 95 points Trophies WA and Perth Wine Shows '14. Partially barrel-fermented, it has tropical fruits at its heart, given structure and authority by lemongrass and snow pea flavours...

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2015 Boutique Wine Awards shine on Grace Farm

Grace Farm wines have again risen to the challenge at the 2015 Boutique Wine Awards, taking out three medals for all three wines entered into this year’s competition.Showing impeccable consistency, Grace Farm was awarded a gold medal for its 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, narrowly missing out on the trophy for this category. The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded silver and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, bronze.John and Elizabeth Mair are delighted with the results: “We feel fortunate to have a remarkable team who are dedicated to consistently delivering elegant and well-structured wines. The commitment of our viticulturist and winemaker has been responsible for a very satisfying number of awards and accolades in just a few years.”Vineyard manager Tim Quinlan said...

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Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association: A new era

Above is the new logo for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) that was released on July 1 last week to show the combining of forces between two previously competing tourism entities. The fingerprints represent five groups of #experiences that can be had in the region and the intersection of the prints is symbolic of the region's #diversity. We encourage you to follow the MRBTA on Facebook and Instagram for some incredible photos from the area and the new website is worth a visit too for updates on the latest happenings and tourism events.  The short video below is a brand documentary that incapsulates the inspiration behind the new logo and its open source, community-influenced design and development. Led by Block Branding and the MRBTA...

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A eulogy for the free-standing gum

The gigantic dead red gum at the end of the rows of cabernet sauvignon vines at Grace Farm. Even though we place high conservation value on all of the native vegetation it is inevitable that free-standing gum trees will occasionally die due to historical disturbance of the bush under-story and the ensuing decline in biodiversity. The natural plant diversity in undisturbed forest is paramount for tree health because the suite of beneficial fungi and other microbes which keep tree roots healthy are most numerous when many different plants co-exist in the same area. This is one of the reasons that the Mair family have planted so many native seedlings on the Grace Farm property. It is a way of increasing...

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