To be a Pioneer- Ian Tyrer Galafrey Wines Australian Wine

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In 1965 the first commercial vines were planted in Mt Barker. Forrest Hill was the first with a trail plot with the Agriculture Department, followed by Plantagenet Wines in 1968. It was then a decade later in 1976 when Goundrey wines planted their vines and was then followed by Galafrey Wines in 1978, established by my parents, Ian and Linda Tyrer....
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Vintage Report 2014- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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On the last day of picking I thought to myself "if I never saw another bee again I would be happy!"Before everyone complains about that comment- let me explain.It has been a dry year- so dry. There's is no blossom on trees and the birds and the bees are hungry. When we were handpicking a few rows I went out to pick the bins up, it was like picking ...
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Sam Scarpari's WINE PASSION #170 - Galafrey 2010 Chardonnay

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Screwcap vs Cork- Australian Wine

Did u know Aussie develop the technology back in the 70s but it wasn't really adopted until the 2000s. The Oz wine industry basically had enough of wines being destroyed by cork!Ralph Kyte-Powell posted this photo on Facebook which I found really interesting.His comments were- 'Just prepared a story for the next edition of Jame Halliday's Wine Comp...
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CEO & Winemaker Kim Tyrer talks about the Booklet written by DR Galdstones and how it influenced the emergence of the Great Southern Wine Industry

One of the major documents that influenced the start of the Great Southern wine industry, the largest viticulture area in Western AustraliaMy object is a booklet entitled The Climate and Soils of South-Western Australia in Relation to Vine Growing by J.S. Gladstones, reprinted from the Journal of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science Dec...
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Galafrey Wines Dr Who Competition Entries- To help celebrate the Dr Who 50th Anniversary we ran a photo competition

Galafrey Wines Dr Who Competition Entries- To help celebrate the Dr Who 50th Anniversary we ran a photo competition
To help celebrate the Dr Who 50th Anniversary we ran a photo competition. It was simple-"Take a photo of a bottle of Galafrey Wines with your Favourite Dr Who prop or dress up as your favourite Dr drinking a glass of wine....whatever......the photo just needs to be a) Galafrey Wines and b) of Dr Who Flavour!! Get creative and have some fun!!Then po...
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ABC Radio interview with Kim Tyrer- High quality vintage forecast amid low yields

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High quality vintage forecast amid low yieldsPosted Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:40pm AESTWine producers are hoping a high quality product will make up for low yields in this year's vintage.The nation's peak industry body, Wines Australia, has released its 2013 vintage review report which predicts high quality red and white wine varieties in the Great Southe...
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Why We Do What We Do! Galafrey Wines Australian Winemakers

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We wanted to explain to you why we are committed to the things we do and why we do them. In a world that is rapidly changing we wanted to share our goals, objectives and ethics with you. It may seem old fashioned and out dated but the principles are relevant and valuable to us.OUR PLACEWe have a daily battle of not being on a major highway in a maj...
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Bogan's Guide to Wine gives Galafrey a glowing and usual review of their Cabernet Sauvignon

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IT IS WESTERN AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND SO THE BOYS CELEBRATE WITH A MOUNT BARKER CAB SAV - COUNT THE DOCTOR WHO REFERENCES
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ABC Radio interview with Kim Tyrer- Survey shows big jump in winemakers' confidence

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Survey shows big jump in winemakers' confidencePosted Thu May 23, 2013 1:10pm AESTMap: WALocal wine producers say optimism in the industry has jumped significantly, with survey results showing confidence in the sector generally has risen more than any other.The National Australia Bank's (NAB) post-farm gate agribusiness survey for the March quarter...
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Vintage Report 2013- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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There are very few times we start vintage before the March Long weekend. Only once before in 2007 we started vintage on the 14th Feb. I remember this because I was in Tasmania on my honeymoon when I got the phone call that they were starting vintage without me!This year we started on Wednesday the 20th February picking the Chardonnay and Muller. Th...
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Sulfer in Wine- Galafrey Wines Australian Wine

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How do I pick a wine that has minimal sulphur?I wouldn't worry about it too much unless you have an allergy to sulphur but on what I have said so far I would choose a less commercial, aged red from a cool climate area. Sound familiar!! If I was sensitive to sulphur I would avoid any wines that was bottled recently especially new whites. Give them 3...
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OK...so what started as a love story quickly turned into reality!

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My parents, Ian and Linda Tyrer, spent all their savings on a property in Mount barker on which they were going to plant a vineyard.It had a house on this property. Linda's father, a builder, came over to help them set up. Linda, proud of her new purchase showed her father around the house asking him what they could do to fix it up. Her father toss...
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Vintage Report 2012- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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Summer rains in December caused some concerns for vineyards however our dry grown vineyard thrived with the moisture. The vine growth has been amazing compared with previous dry years. Many other vineyards struggled to remain disease free. While it caused extra work for us, we were able to maintain canopy management and keep the vineyard disease fr...
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Vintage Report 2011- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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Because of the very dry year Vintage started early, thankfully we got 30mm in December otherwise we'd be carting water to the winery as our water tanks would have been empty. It's been such a weird year with all the disasters in the Eastern States- floods and bush fires, all WA vineyard stocks of sulphur, copper and fungicides were shipped over eas...
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Wine Making- the Process- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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Vintage, in wine-making, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year.In wine produced on the colder limits of wine production, vintage is often very important, because some seasons will be much warmer and produc...
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Vintage Report 2010- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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Once again I find myself gazing out on a dampen vineyard. Leaves clinging on for dear life, and the latest vintage resting in tank and barrel.This year's vintage again was subjected to the weather gods, and an earlier onset of ripening brought us more in line with the vintage of 2008. Like last year we began with the Semillon from the warmer climes...
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Galafrey Wines Label Story- changing wine labels and why they changed.

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What has prompted each change? Changing fashions, wholesalers demands but a lot of the design decision was based on the technology that was available in printing labels at the time. It wasn't until our third label that labels became self adhesive.Label One1980- our first label we had for only one vintage. It was printed at the local printers hence ...
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History of Wine- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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The history of wine spans thousands of years and is closely intertwined with the history of agriculture, cuisine, civilisation and humanity itself. Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest wine production came from sites in Georgia and Iran, dating from 6000 to 5000 BC.In medieval Europe, following the decline of Rome and therefore of wid...
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Vintage Report 2009- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines

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As much needed rain begins to replenish some very thirsty vines, it is a good time to take stock of our vintage thus far, and assess what we have in tank, in barrel and hopefully, soon in bottle!The 2009 vintage began, as usual, with the intake of white fruit. Semillon. However this year we were a week later than in 2008. What's more interesting, i...
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