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Flyfaire's Spring Newsletter 2016

2016 NSW Small Winemakers Wine

Flyfaire has won bronze at the 2016 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show held in Forbes, NSW. We entered our new line - Flyfaire 2016 Gold Chardonnay in the "CLASS 25 - Apera and Varietals or Blended Fortified Wine not covered by classes 26 or 27, Dry to Sweet" to win the bronze. 

We also entered a number of other vintages which also scored well, but missed out on gaining any medals - including Flyfaire 2016 Merlot Rouge and our Flyfaire 2015 Merlot & Chardonnay. The judges' comments were limited, but they did say that "most of the wines have flavour and freshness" in the Dry White Table for our 2015 chardonnay. We'll take what we can get we guess! 

We're a big supporter of the NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show. We've entered many of our wines these past few years and have received positive feedback for our wines. We'll definitely be back in 2017!


Big Rains are Good for Vines & for Summer Water Retention

 
 

We've all being talking lately of the big rains that we've been having and with the Hume Weir (Lake Hume) at 99.51% (11 Nov. 2016), it's understandable. 

For us at Flyfaire though, it's really good news as these early spring rains help our vines enormously. The rains for one help their spring growth after the winter dormant months. And, more importantly, they get them ready for the hot Aussie summer ahead by increasing water retention capacity. All good news to help us have a bummer 2017 crop!


The World Visits Flyfaire

With our recent sign on the Hume Hwy (M31), we have been receiving more and more international visitors. In response, we've put up a world map for when people enter. Visitors can place a pin to show where they're visiting from. 

So far, we've had visitors from (as shown in gallery above) Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Nepal, Canada, Kuwait, India - to name a few. It makes for interesting tales as we get to hear about people's travels and share stories with them. We're pretty sure our map will have a diverse set of locations shortly and all the better as we get to meet super interesting folks with great stories!


Backpackers Lodging

Running a vineyard is a lot of work - from picking, to pruning, to pressing, to bottling - there are so many tasks that have to be done. So, we often have to rely on getting outside help so that all these tasks can get done.

Given Australia's youth visa program that allows people to stay up to 2 years (they can stay an extra year on top of the first year so long as they spend 3 months or so working in a rural community), backpackers are often perfect candidates to help out as they are often looking for work in rural communities. 

Their contribution to rural and regional Australia cannot be understated as they often work in helping out businesses that can have difficulties in finding employees in these sometimes remote communities. 

The team at Flyfaire has being building backpacker lodging to enable us to better accommodate backpacker guests who want to stay and work at Flyfaire. We hope to have these lodgings finished shortly, as we've found that many backpackers don't have accommodation (and often isn't feasible for 3 months) easily available. We're looking forward to their valuable help and hosting them - as well as hearing about their often interesting travels and stories!

Visitors from Canada

Yan & Trevor, two international guests from Vancouver, Canada visiting Flyfaire 

Yan & Trevor, two international guests from Vancouver, Canada visiting Flyfaire 

Recently, Flyfaire had some more international visitors from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Yan and Trevor dropped in on a Saturday whilst passing through via the Hume Hwy M31 and seeing our brand new highway sign.

Flyfaire's new M31 Hume Hwy sign

Flyfaire's new M31 Hume Hwy sign

Yan & Trevor stopped for a break at Flyfaire on their way from Sydney to Melbourne, so Flyfaire was the perfect stop on their roadtrip.

Yan & Trevor picked-up a few bottles for the road as well to take home for Christmas in Vancouver. We look forward to seeing them again in the future!


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.

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Flyfaire Wins Silver at the NSW Tourism Awards

Julianne & Les (Business Director & Winemaker) at the academy awards themed night for the NSW Tourism Awards

Julianne & Les (Business Director & Winemaker) at the academy awards themed night for the NSW Tourism Awards

This past Thursday (Nov. 26th), Julianne and Les, our Business Director and Winemaker, attended the  NSW Tourism Awards in Darling Habour, Sydney. We are delighted to say that we won the Silver Award on the night!

The NSW Tourism Awards are held every year to acknowledge excellence in tourism for all of New South Wales tourism areas.

The team from Flyfaire are thrilled to have made the finals and we were expecting a tough night with high standards of competition. When the results were announced, we were thoroughly thrilled to have won the Silver Award. This is a huge achievement for the team and reflects how far we've come on our journey.

The  NSW Tourism Awards is a fantastic way to develop tourism in the Murray region, as well as for NSW. The awards also helps to recognise independent operators that are providing wonderful tourism experiences.

Margan Wines took the gold award and also entered the Hall of Fame (winners three years running). Hungerford Hill Wines and Bimbadgen Winery (runner-up in 2014) were also great competitors which definitely made the decision tough for the judges on the night in the category Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries. The Greater Hume Shire Visitor Information Centre was also a finalist at the  NSW Tourism Awards, which is in the same area as Flyfaire. 

Flyfaire recently won the Gold Award at the Inland Tourism Awards in Broken Hill in July of this year. Read about the post for the Inland Tourism Awards here.


Christmas at Flyfaire

Christmas at Flyfaire

Christmas at Flyfaire

Christmas is next month and things are in full swing planning everybody's Christmas functions.

Flyfaire can accommodate up to 100 people for events and we cater to both business and private functions. We have multiple menu options available depending on your event's need including everything from Traditional Christmas Menu with all the trimmings ($45pp), BBQ Christmas Menu ($47pp), Platter Christmas Menu ($38pp) and Finger Food Christmas Menu ($25pp).

Hurry, as space is limited, especially for the popular Friday and weekend dates - contact us at info@flyfaire.com for more information.


Did you also know about Flyfaire's range of $50, $100, $150, and $200 Gift Certificates available in our Online Shop. These are perfect gifts with Christmas just around the corner. They can be used for the purchase of our wines or at our cellar door for any café purchases, including food and beverages.

Also, don't forget that for Christmas you can also buy Flyfaire's range of wines online in our Shop. You can purchase a range of vintages including varieties such as Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay.


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 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 Hume Highway (M31) Signs for Flyfaire

Les, on Hume Highway M31 with new Flyfaire signs

Les, on Hume Highway M31 with new Flyfaire signs

The NSW Roads and Maritime service recently installed four fabulous highway signs in mid-October, indicating Flyfaire's turn-off on the Hume Highway (Motorway 31 or M31). It is now much easier to find us with the signs clearly indicating the turn-off from the highway.

New Hume Highway (M31) Signs for Flyfaire

Les, our Winemaker, with Flyfaire's new Sign on Hume Highway M31

Les, our Winemaker, with Flyfaire's new Sign on Hume Highway M31

The NSW Roads and Maritime service recently installed four fabulous highway signs this past Wednesday the 14th of October, indicating Flyfaire's turn-off on the Hume Highway (Motorway 31 or M31). The location of the new signs are shown on the below map indicated by the arrows. (Note, there are no signs indicating Flyfaire when coming from Holbrook (North side of Woomargama)).

Once you've turned-off onto Woomargama Way and heading into Woomargama, you need to turn-off onto the Tunnel Road. This is also indicated by a sign which also shows the distance to Flyfaire Wines - 11.9 Kilometres. You can also see the location of the sign on the map above.

Flyfaire Wines' sign in the township of Woomargama

Flyfaire Wines' sign in the township of Woomargama

Once you've headed down the Tunnel Road to Flyfaire Wines for 11.9 kilometres, Les, our Winemaker, will be waiting for your visit along with our trusty vineyard dogs!

Les, our Winemaker, and our trusty vineyard dog, Fox, at the entrance to Flyfaire Wines

Les, our Winemaker, and our trusty vineyard dog, Fox, at the entrance to Flyfaire Wines


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.