The Valley

What is Optimum Drinking Temperature and why is it so important?

Wed, 07 December 2016


It is quite normal for the majority of people to serve their wine without really thinking about the temperature of it. The red is served straight from the shelf or storage area at room temperature, and the white is served completely cold straight from the fridge. However, just as you wouldn’t enjoy a lukewarm cup […] Read More

Different Ways to Chill Your Wine

Mon, 14 November 2016


Did you know even if you are a wine aficionado, there is a very good chance that you are drinking your wine at the wrong temperature? It is a common mistake to go by the old ‘rule’ that red wine should be served at room temperature and white wine should be served straight from the […] Read More

Into the heady world of wine aromatics

Tue, 20 September 2016


Pouring yourself a glass of wine, and taking that first sip can be one of life’s great pleasures. There are a couple of factors at play here in creating that amazing experience. There is, of course, the taste of the wine. But helping create that overall enjoyable experience is also the aroma of the wine. […] Read More

New innovations in winemaking

Fri, 18 March 2016


The term ‘skunkworks’ originated with a research and development project inside American aircraft manufacturer, Lockheed in Burbank California during World War II. The noted innovation scholar, Everett M Rogers defined skunkworks as “…an especially enriched environment that is intended to help a small group of individuals design a new idea by escaping routine organizational procedures…” […] Read More

The Magic of a Clare Valley Riesling

Fri, 12 February 2016


Call it a lucky synthesis or pure serendipity – either way there is no denying that Clare Valley climate, altitude and soil quality are perfectly attuned to growing the noble Riesling grape. Whether young or cellared, our premium Riesling presents elements that simply sing with the magic of the Clare. In the world of wine, […] Read More

The Story of Viognier

Wed, 25 November 2015


Each year here in the Clare Valley we find ourselves falling further in love with a particular white varietal of extraordinary character and versatility – Viognier. It’s certainly not one of the better-known whites, having gone under the radar for a number of years. Yet we are increasingly impressed with the strength of character exhibited […] Read More

Taylors Wines and the Wallabies – It’s All About the Long Game

Fri, 30 October 2015


You can only imagine how delighted we are to be the official wine partner for our barnstorming Australian rugby union team, the Wallabies. Our three-generation family winery has a strong love of and connection with rugby union, with a number of family members having taken to the footy field from an early age. Across team […] Read More

Serving Wine at the Perfect Temperature

Thu, 29 October 2015


Serving wine at the ‘right’ temperature can sometimes seem like one of those snobby wine issues which, at the end of the day, doesn’t matter an awful lot. Surely the act of simply chilling whites and serving reds at room temperature will get you within the ballpark of acceptable? This basic rule is certainly a […] Read More

The Etiquette of Giving and Receiving Dinner Party Wine

Tue, 27 October 2015


We’ve all heard the pre-function request to “just bring a bottle.” But what exactly is the ‘right’ bottle to present at any given function? Further – will just one bottle be enough? And if the host actually has beverages sorted, would another gift be more appropriate? These and other etiquette quandaries can be overcome with […] Read More

Add a little Sparkling to Your Spring

Tue, 22 September 2015


Spring – don’t we just love this hopeful and energising time of year? Some of us tend to leap into the possibilities of the fresh season, while others might need just a little more time to warm up as the days lengthen. Whatever your approach to spring, there’s no denying that there will be lots […] Read More

An ‘Alternative’ Father’s Day Wine

Thu, 27 August 2015


We all know the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. And we certainly understand that when it comes to enjoying premium quality wines, some chaps can be quite wedded to their favourite drop. This Father’s Day though, why not consider presenting Dad with something a bit left-field in the wine department? […] Read More

How We Crafted One of The World’s Finest Shiraz


The Pioneer Shiraz Exceptional Parcel Release represents a bold step in the Taylor family’s journey to craft distinctive wines that rival the world’s best. The Pioneer Shiraz 2012 showcases the way in which a superior wine can be produced through a very delicate balance of meticulous attention and care, expert skill and know-how, and supreme […] Read More

What Makes the Clare Valley so Ideal for Wine Production?

Wed, 29 July 2015


Early settlers who were interested in wine production must have thought they’d hit the jackpot when they discovered South Australia’s Clare Valley! The region is a winemaker’s dream, with gullies, rolling hills, a variety of soil types, and a great Mediterranean climate. The Clare Valley is known for the production of superior wines – particularly […] Read More

A Year in the Life of a Clare Valley Winemaker

Tue, 09 June 2015


In our secret little spot on the globe, we Clare Valley winemakers know that we have a truly special home. And it’s not just about the perfect climate, altitude and soil. We also get to be part of a vibrant and inclusive community. Sure, we’re not exactly the big city up here – but as […] Read More

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party

Thu, 07 May 2015


A wine tasting party is a fabulous way to heighten your enjoyment of your favourite varieties of wine – and your weekend! From casual get-togethers on the back verandah to formal occasions complete with white linens and tasting notes, a wine tasting party is a great setting for both learning about and appreciating a range […] Read More

Mother’s Day – A Time to Celebrate with Good Food and Wine

Tue, 28 April 2015


Mother’s Day provides us with a great reason to get outside and enjoy the last days of autumn here at Taylors – that magical time when the leaves on the trees are turning those beautiful hues of yellow, red and orange. There is nothing that beats catching the sun lighting up a brightly-coloured tree in […] Read More

Vintage 2015 – update

Tue, 07 April 2015


Here we are at the beginning of April, and the harvest of fruit that will craft the 2015 vintage wines is almost complete.  All of the white varieties have now been harvested, both from the Clare Valley estate and our grower partners in regions across South Australia.  The last white variety to be picked was […] Read More

Will Climate Change Affect the Way we Produce Wine?

Mon, 16 March 2015


Vintage 2015 is in full swing across Australia. At Taylors, our winemakers hailed the beginning of vintage in the first week of February, when the grape parameters were all in balance – the sugars, acidity, tannins and flavour compounds. And this season’s fruit is once again a beautiful expression of our Clare Valley terroir, and […] Read More

Better with Age? The Mysteries of Wine and Time

Tue, 03 March 2015


Does a wine actually improve with age? There are certainly enough clichés floating around linking wine and ageing – ‘ageing like a fine wine’…. ‘like good wine, the best things take time’, and so on. But like any cliché, it probably pays to know a little bit more about the subject before committing to any […] Read More

Vintage 2015 – Progress Report

Thu, 19 February 2015


We’ve had an interesting start to vintage 2015 with what our vineyard manager, Colin describes as an ‘upside down growing season’.  It was dry early in October, and then cool and mild in December and January with some rainfall.  The opposite is usually the case with October usually seeing the mild conditions and some rain […] Read More

Best Wine Selections for Parties

Wed, 10 December 2014


The house is spotless, music is selected and delicious treats await your guests. Yes – it’s party time! But the big question remains – how will you select the best range and style of wines to complement your do? Well of course there are a number of different types of gatherings, from the rowdy get-together […] Read More

Enticing Vermentino

Tue, 09 December 2014


As the weather begins to warm, a natural restlessness can tend to kick in.  So, what better time to shake up your wine selection with something a little new? With something fresh and perhaps a touch unusual? We think it’s a perfect time for us to showcase one of the newer white grapes being cultivated […] Read More

New Trends In Viniculture

Wed, 03 December 2014


You might have heard of a phrase in education: ‘lifelong learning’. The idea is that your wellbeing improves if you keep learning new things right across your lifespan. Well, when it comes to learning new and innovative ways to grow grapes and make premium wines, we here at Taylors Wines are happy to be known […] Read More

Hard Work and Inspiration Rewarded with Success on World Stage

Tue, 18 November 2014


At Taylors, we take a lot of simple joy from the art of winemaking. To see family, employees and the community flourishing alongside our business here in the Clare Valley is incredibly rewarding for us. Yet we have to say, it’s also a thrill to receive recognition for the hard work that we put into […] Read More

A Sporting Attitude

Wed, 12 November 2014


Although we can sometimes become a little obsessed with creating our premium wines, here at Taylors we’re also very passionate about giving back to the community and being involved in key Australian events. One of those events is the Australian Open. This prestigious golfing event brings together the cream of the crop in international talent […] Read More

The Artistry of Shiraz

Tue, 04 November 2014


Shiraz is undoubtedly one of our favourite varieties here at Taylors Wines. There’s a luscious allure to this ancient red, which has the ability to either stand in magnificent solitude or to blend with others in perfect symmetry. Botanical genealogy traces the first Shiraz (or Syrah) vines to the pairing of two obscure grapes in […] Read More

The Jaraman Range

Fri, 31 October 2014


You’ve no doubt noticed those proud little seahorses floating on the label of one of our wine ranges. Grouped as three, the seahorses represent the hard work and camaraderie of the first three generations of winemakers in the Taylor family. And they also remind us of something uniquely beautiful and kind of odd – seahorse […] Read More

The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Release

Fri, 10 October 2014


Introducing The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. This is a truly special release named in honour of our founder Bill Taylor Senior. The Visionary is a rare indulgence, produced in extremely limited volumes from exceptional vintages. We’re proud to be able to share it with you. Read More

Meet The Taylors

Tue, 30 September 2014


When you come across a family that’s as passionate as we are about creating excellent wine, you might ask – what originally ignited that fire in the first place? And who exactly are these Taylors down there in the Clare Valley? Well, like any family – we certainly have our fascinating stories that have come […] Read More

Australia’s First Families of Wine

Thu, 04 September 2014


At Taylors Wine, we are proud to be part of a truly unique group of winemakers – Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW). This diverse and passionate collective of multi-generational winemakers first came together in 2009, and has been working strategically together ever since to spread the message about Australia’s rich and distinguished winemaking heritage, […] Read More

Celebrate Riesling – The Winemaker’s Wine

Mon, 25 August 2014


It’s no secret that for years Riesling suffered a bit of a PR nightmare, with an undeserved reputation for too much sweetness. It seemed for a time that only winemakers appreciated its true beauty.  But as you probably know, here we’re pretty crazy about this elegant white, which ranges in style from deliciously fruity, to […] Read More

The St. Andrews Story

Wed, 20 August 2014


In 1969 when Bill Taylor Senior went searching for land to fulfil his dream of crafting Australian wines that would rival the best from France, he knew from experience that the Clare Valley was something out of the ordinary. High altitude, limited rainfall, warm days, cool nights, plenty of limestone underpinnings, and not too close […] Read More

How to Look Like a Professional at a Wine Tasting

Mon, 11 August 2014


So you have a wine tasting looming on your social horizon. And you can picture it now – sparkling glasses on linen-covered tables, with people who seem to know a heck of a lot about what they’re doing. Odd swirling actions, strange sniffing, talk of bouquets, spitting – really, you could well ask what it’s […] Read More

The Taylors Winemaker Project

Mon, 28 July 2014


It’s true that our winemakers here at Taylors work hard each season to create memorable wines. And we do our best to provide them with the best fruit, resources and working environment to enable them to bring to life our award-winning range. But we also know that there’s another, more subtle input that’s tied into […] Read More

Beautiful Chardonnay

Tue, 08 July 2014


We’re not afraid to say it – it’s a really exciting time to be working with Chardonnay. And while we’re at it, how about we just name that tiresome elephant in the room right away? Yes, we acknowledge that this versatile white grape copped an extensive pounding to its reputation in the 1990s. And we […] Read More

Eighty Acres – Taking Up the Carbon Neutral Challenge

Tue, 01 July 2014


The thing about a passionate and dedicated family business like Taylors is that we love a good challenge.  A good example of this is achieving the 100% carbon neutral standard on our Eighty Acres range of wines. We were actually  the world’s first winery to succeed at meeting this globally recognised ISO standard. Some out there […] Read More

Our famous “Red Hot Reds”

Tue, 13 May 2014


In a couple of weeks, we’ll be releasing the next vintage of Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – the 2013.  The wine has developed a ‘cult following’ since the first vintage release – the ’73.  Back then, the Taylor family were convinced the terroir of our Clare Valley estate could produce red wines of a pedigree […] Read More

Vintage 2014 Wrap Up Report

Tue, 06 May 2014


Well folks, vintage is now officially finished for 2014!  The wines we’re crafting from this year’s harvest will start to make their way into the marketplace from around July this year.  Hard to believe that the gorgeous glass of Clare Valley Riesling you might be sipping in spring this year came from grapes that were […] Read More

Flavour assassins: what not to pair with your glass of wine

Thu, 30 January 2014


They say that wine trembles with fear when capers, chili and asparagus are about. But all hope is not lost – as you will find out, most flavour assassins can be tamed with the help of another main ingredient to divert the attention. A creamy sauce, a juicy steak or a fresh salad could be […] Read More

A Brief History of Australian Wine

Thu, 09 January 2014


The first grapevines were brought to Australia with the first fleet and planted in NSW but how has the face of Australian wine changed since this time?  Here’s a little infographic that we have put together at Taylors to show the progress of the Australian Wine Industry Read More

The Wine List & The Sommelier: 10 Tips

Mon, 09 December 2013


Navigating an aging, leather bound wine list can be an intimidating thing. Don’t worry; your sommelier is there to help. It is the sommeliers’ job to guide the diner to the best food and wine matches in the restaurant so don’t be afraid to let them know exactly what you like. Here are some tips […] Read More

St. Andrews Shiraz and barrel fermentation

Thu, 23 August 2012


Our Chief Winemaker, Adam Eggins started experimenting with open barrel fermentation technique for the St. Andrews Shiraz from the 2006 vintage.  In his opinion, the earlier in a wine’s life you introduce high quality wood, the better.  The natural tannins in the wood of the oak barrels do a number of amazing things for the […] Read More

Vintage 2012 – Wrap Up Report

Tue, 08 May 2012


It’s hard to believe but we have just finished our 40th vintage at our winery in the Clare Valley, South Australia. We’re all so proud of the fact that the world has continued to enjoy our wines for so long! Vintage officially commenced on the 2nd of February with the harvesting of the delightfully aromatic […] Read More

Vintage 2012 – Progress Report

Fri, 09 March 2012


The weather conditions in the lead up to harvest have been ideal and we have all been enjoying the return to relative normalcy after what we experienced last year!  Winter rainfall has been in line with the long term averages and consequently soil moisture levels are good.  The vines are looking fantastic with healthy green […] Read More

Alternative Varieties – The New Frontier?

Tue, 08 November 2011


Whilst monitoring the fruit development in the vineyard and all the preparation work for the coming vintage is the main focus of everyone at the winery, later in November a small contingent from our team will also be attending an Australian Wine Research Institute workshop held in the Clare Valley that covers the topic of […] Read More

Spring Frost 2011

Wed, 19 October 2011


Throughout spring, grape growers nervously monitor weather conditions; searching for any sign of danger from their common enemy; the spring frost.   Frosts not only pose a risk to the current season’s crop, but due to the perennial nature of grapevines, can also influence the productivity of vines for several seasons into the future!   You may […] Read More

Budburst and Spring Planting 2011

Mon, 19 September 2011


This month in the Clare Valley, the arrival of spring has inspired all manner of activity about the winery and vineyards.  In the winery, installation of the new refrigeration plant is well underway and the general commotion that accompanies construction will continue until the plant is commissioned in time for vintage 2012.  This exciting work […] Read More

Vintage Report 2011

Fri, 26 August 2011


Harvest 2011 Early on, the 2010 growing season was shaping up to be one of our best seasons. Whilst June and July rainfall was below the long term averages, we received better than average rainfall in August and then in September there were extensive falls with the Wakefield River breaching its banks and flooding the […] Read More

Accolades roll in from overseas for our Aussie Wines

Thu, 28 July 2011


The last few months have been a whirlwind when it comes to wine show awards.  Late in May we were informed that our wines had done extremely well in New York at the Ultimate Wine Challenge.  Our St Andrews Shiraz 2006, (awarded 93 points) took out the Chairman’s Trophy for “Best Shiraz/Syrah – World’ – quite […] Read More

Pruning in the vineyard

Wed, 15 June 2011


Once vintage is well and truly over, the next phase of seasonal work at the winery commences in earnest – pruning.  It takes almost 4 months to hand-prune all of the vines on our Clare Valley estate. The buds that will grow into the crop for our next harvest began forming in November and December the previous year.  […] Read More