Well Known Lovedale Winery with Family at the Helm
Tatler Wines is a well-known brand around the local area and, for many, it is connected with the Lovedale Long Lunch. But with a very noticeable lack of the Lovedale Long Lunch last year we were missing our Tatler friends. So HUNTERhunter headed up to find out what they are all about...outside that famous annual lunch.
One of the main things that struck us about this Hunter Valley winery was the family culture and history. The block of land in Lovedale was originally bought by Dimitri Isakidis in 1997 who then went on to plant the grapevines the following year - kick starting what would be a family wide love of wine.
Before Dimitri passed away he was lucky enough to see the first vintage in 2000 after which he passed on the Tatler Wines business to his two sons Spiro and Theo. The family, wanting to pay respects to this lost loved patriarch, named one of their key wines after him, Dimitri’s Paddock Chardonnay.
In fact, naming wines after loved ones is definitely a warm hearted common thing for Tatler Wines. There is also Rita’s Rosé and Nigel’s Semillon, named after the family’s Grandmother and close friend, respectively. It’s a lovely way to pay respects to the people of the past right now in the present.
Presently Tatler Wines work closely with renowned award winning winemaker Daniel Binet, who could almost be an extension of the family given he lives onsite! Tatler Wines source their grapes from a mix of vineyards, including their own, allowing
“[Us] to experiment with different varietals and flavours,” Connie, Tatler Wines.
This has allowed their wines to continue to evolve, with something new or a variation to flavour each vintage. A good reason for their customers to come back each year (or more often) and try the latest from Tatler Wines.
There are of course some crowd favourites which are ever present such as the Frizzante Semillon and the Archie’s Shiraz. We sat down and enjoyed a tasting of some of their wines... without the Lovedale Long Lunch haze.
Starting with the Frizzante, a sparkling semillon, we tried this as suggested with a wedge of lemon and ice cold. It was a refreshing start to the Tatler Wine list.
We also tried the 2020 limited edition Rosé which was adorned with beautiful artwork designed by Kirsten Jackson. This Australian artist's use of vibrant colour and an expressionist style is the perfect complement for this family vineyard.
The rose had aromas of strawberries with floral notes and a zesty, acidic finish. This wine is available currently in a trio pack for $150.
Whilst we were enjoying the Rosé we chatted further to James about the Tatler venue. The striking blue of the two storey country style cellar door was designed to take full advantage of the vast lawn to the front. That green space would be perfect for families, that fur-baby or just to chill on and appreciate the beautiful view of the Brokenback Range. Inside you can enjoy a wine tasting or some brunch with The Brunch Society on a weekend.
The Tatler venue has of late been working hard to bring entertaining experiences to its cellar door. There have been Saturday Sundowners with live music and drinks, sip and sculpt clay art classes and there are more small group boutique experiences planned for this vineyard, so keep your eyes peeled.
And their cellar door experiences aren’t just for the visitors. They definitely try to show up for the locals too.
“We like to think we are an extension of our local community” James, Tatler Wines.
Each Friday night after the regular trading hours of the cellar door has finished, they stay open so locals can pop around after work and have a drink. Not a bad little place to gather I say.
Lovedale is such a beautiful corner of the Hunter Valley and Tatler Wines is a long standing, well known brand with a friendly, relaxed vibe. So drop in and say hi to the team...and you may very well be served by one of the family.