Flyfaire Riesling

Vintage 2016 @FlyfaireWines

Teddy, the vineyard dog, guarding the Merlot for us

Teddy, the vineyard dog, guarding the Merlot for us

Vintage 2016 was a very mixed bag. A very dry start with no rain in October 2015 followed by mild summer temperatures. The rain started in November and ended with 42mm of rain in one day in February 2016. Just to be different, that was followed by a very dry finish to the season with temperatures in the 40°C’s by the time we got to picking.

We were also kindly offered some Shiraz grapes from Walla Walla by a local farmer and friend. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce Marty, a friend visitng from NZud, to our great Aussie climate. Having come from a balmy 23°C in NZud, he was straight into the 43°C days and picking Shiraz with us.

Friends helping us with vintage 2016 including Marty from NZud (middle)

Friends helping us with vintage 2016 including Marty from NZud (middle)

Luckily, the Pinot Noir that he'd brought with him from Hawkes Bay, NZ washed away the heat and exhaustion from the days of picking quite easily.

Friends helping with vintage 2016

Friends helping with vintage 2016

The Shiraz we picked in Walla Walla has beautiful blood plum and strawberry nose with a luscious mouth feel, suited to a dry table wine. We think visitors to Flyfaire are going to love this new addition for the 2016 vintage.

Les, our winemaker, inspecting the Merlot

Les, our winemaker, inspecting the Merlot

With the heat came the unsurprising quick ripening of our grapes at Flyfaire. Our Merlot grapes were the first to come-off the vines at 12 baumé (baumé measures the density of liquids, including our wine!).

The Carménère on the other hand suffered a little heat stress this year. Being young vines, only 2 years since we planted them, this was expected. But we are happy with the crop in the end and the flavours are surprisingly intense.

Chanel, our work experience student, also enjoyed the challenge and added a youth-filled enthusiasm to the job at hand.

Chanel, our work experience student helping with vintage 2016

Chanel, our work experience student helping with vintage 2016

Next up, we had a little bit of wild picking to do with our bush Cabernet. And to the rescue came two lovely young backpackers who were up to the challenge: Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris. In no time all, the Cabernet was off the vines and ready for processing.

Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris help out in the Cabernet

Kristy from Los Angeles and Patrice from Paris help out in the Cabernet

We still have the Riesling and Marsanne to come off the vines. So, we'll be be picking them shortly.

Last, but not least, we also had the help of Teddy the vineyard dog. Thankfully! 

Vintage 2016: Video at Flyfaire Wines of processing the Cabernet Sauvignon. Watch as we feed and crush the grapes in the processor and even Boof the vineyard dog helps out.

Flyfaire Wines is located in the Woomargama National Park and we are close to the regional centres of Holbrook, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, and Wagga Wagga. We produce quality cool climate wines and provide a premium cellar door & café experience.

Flyfaire 2014 Riesling - Les & Marty Review New Flyfaire Vintage

Les, our Winemaker and Marty visiting from New Zealand recently reviewed a 2014 Riesling. Marty immediately notes the "Woomaragama Smell" of lime / Citrus aromas - a very fragrant and complex wine.

Les notes the wine is crisp with the flavours of the oak coming through. Les also tells us that the wine has a pH of around 3.01 and 12% alcohol content.

The 2014 Riesling is not yet available in our Online Shop, but it should be very shortly. 

All in all, a very interesting wine. We hope you enjoy this short video. 

The background noise by the way, is the insects outside at night!


Flyfaire Wines is located in the Woomargama National Park and we are close to the regional centres of Holbrook, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, and Wagga Wagga. We produce quality cool climate wines and provide a premium cellar door & café experience.

Christmas Break & Holden EK 1961 visits Flyfaire

Holden EK - 1961

Holden EK - 1961


Flyfaire is packing-up for Christmas and having a holiday! 

We'll be closed the week of the 21st to the 25th of December. 

We'll be re-opening the 26th for Boxing Day, so take a break from Turkey leftovers and head out to Flyfaire to have a sneaky Chardonnay, Riesling or Merlot!

About the Photo of the Holden EK (1961 model)

This past weekend, a group hitting the open road for a drive from Albury discovered Flyfaire when they saw our new highway sign on the Hume Hwy M31 and had to drop-in for a look.

The Holden EK 1961 had been beautifully restored to its original condition and is the first of the  EK to have an automatic gear box.

It certainly looks great in our driveway! It was the ideal family car of the 60’s and now they're cruising home with a bottle of Flyfaire Riesling.

Only Rice is Not Enough | Flyfaire's Wine goes to Vietnam for Charity

Local Vietnamese children celebrating the moon festival. The charity brought along a small truck load of goodies for these beautiful kids and lots of fun was had by one and all!

Local Vietnamese children celebrating the moon festival. The charity brought along a small truck load of goodies for these beautiful kids and lots of fun was had by one and all!

Bill McDonald, a local farmer from Mullengandra and patron of Flyfaire Wines, recently went to Vietnam to raise money for a local charity called Only Rice Is Not Enough. Bill and other Albury Rotarians travelled together for the charity event.

Bill McDonald from Mullengandra presenting a bottle Flyfaire's Riesling for auction

Bill McDonald from Mullengandra presenting a bottle Flyfaire's Riesling for auction

Bill and the local Rotarians were asked to bring items of interest from their local community to auction in Vietnam and help raise funds for the charity. Flyfaire donated a bottle of our Riesling for the event which was subsequently auctioned for USD$50 following the story of Flyfaire being told at the auction.


Only Rice Is Not Enough is a local charity in Vietnam whose moto is “A Dime For A Meal to the little kid. Not much, but everyday”. To find out more and like them on Facebook - click here.

New Platter | Country Terrine: Pork, Veal, and Pistachio

Our Newest Platter: Country Terrine with Pork, Veal, and Pistachio

Our Newest Platter: Country Terrine with Pork, Veal, and Pistachio

Our newest platter at Flyfaire's Café is a County Terrine made with pork, veal and pistachio nuts. Julianne, our chef, suggests that our newest platter goes extremely well with the crisp taste of a Flyfaire Riesling. The platter is served with fresh bread, which at the moment is made in-house, cheese from Locheilan, rocket and pickles (including pickled beetroots, artichokes, cornichons, and a homemade Flyfaire Riesling paste.

Love our platters? Some of our other platters on the menu to entice you include:

  • Aussie Platter: Smoked Kangaroo, Lamb and Ham, Tomato Relish, Garden Salad, Olives with Nord bread.
  • Mediterranean Platter: Prosciutto, Vento Salami, Sopressa, Garden Salad, Olives with Nord Bread (see photo below).
  • European Platter: Smoked Trout, Pickled Beetroot, Ricotta and Capers, Feta Cheese with Nord Rye Bread.
  • Cheese Platter: Locheilan Gold Medal Farmhouse Cheese Platter - Broken Blue, Wunghu Soft and Kulindi. All served with Flyfaire Riesling Paste and Nord Bread.

So, how do we make these platters so tasty you may ask? Easy! We use vegetables and herbs from Flyfaire's very own garden. Fresh organic produce is always sought from a variety of local producers to support the local community. Quality and low food miles are always a criteria for selection (check out our page on sustainability). Locally-produced is always freshest and travels less distance!

We are also committed to supporting the local community. And this is no exception when we were designing our new café menu items. 

A good example of support for the community is that we purchase vegetables from a local Woomargama 11-year-old during the summer at our local post office/shop. We buy all the zucchini, squash and cucumbers that he can produce and use it in the Café menu.


Flyfaire Wines is located in the Woomargama National Park and we are close to the regional centres of Holbrook, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, and Wagga Wagga. We produce quality cool climate wines and provide a premium cellar door experience.