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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.

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.

Spring 2015 Newsletter New Menu | Christmas Functions | Gift Certificates | Inland Tourism Awards | Riesling Challenge | Colouring In for Adults Event

New Platter Menu at Flyfaire

New Platter Menu at Flyfaire

New Flyfaire Menu: New Platters, Local Beers, and More...

Julianne, our wonderful chef at Flyfaire, has just jazzed up the menu to ensure that we are only serving the freshest, local produce - YUM! And the best thing we think that was added is our new wonderful (and very popular) platters to share.

To get you savouring at the thought of these platters, why not try one of following for your next visit:

  • Aussie Platter: Smoked Kangaroo, Lamb and Ham, Tomato Relish, Garden Salad, Olives with Nord bread. 
  • 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.

Christmas, Online Shop, and Gift Certificates

Business and Private Events  

Business and Private Events  

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is starting to plan their Christmas functions. Flyfaire can accommodate up to 100 people for events and we cater to both business and private functions.

But hurry, as space is limited, especially for those popular Friday night and weekend dates - contact us at info@flyfaire.com to get a quote today.


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 beverage.

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.


Flyfaire Takes the Gold at Inland Tourism Awards

Last July, Julianne and Les, our Business Director and Winemaker, hit the road to attend the Inland Tourism Awards at Broken Hill. 

The Inland Tourism Awards are held every year to acknowledge excellence in tourism in the four Victorian and New South Wales regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina.

The team from Flyfaire were thrilled to have made the finals and we weren't expecting too much given the stiff competition.

We were totally surprised when the winner was announced and it was Flyfaire's name that was called. Our winemaker had this to say about the win:

“We put a lot of hard work into the submission and we’re delighted that it paid-off in such a big way. It really is such a fabulous surprise and great to be recognised for the hard work that we’ve put into our tourism experience.”
— Les, Flyfaire Winemaker

No rest for the wicked or so they say. Next, we've entered the NSW Tourism Awards with the finalists to be announced mid-October. 


Wine Awards: Riesling Challenge, NSW Small Winemakers

Flyfaire 2015 Riesling packed and ready for Canberra Riesling Challenge

Flyfaire 2015 Riesling packed and ready for Canberra Riesling Challenge

We've had two wine competitions on the radar recently, including a bronze winning performance at the NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show and entering our latest Riesling in the Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

At the 24th Annual NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show, our winemaker has again had success with our new Flyfaire 2014 "Jane in the Mist" Riesling which received a Bronze in the category "Blended Fortified Wine - Dry to Sweet" with the great score of 48.5 points. 

The other wine competition we're participating in is the celebrated Canberra International Riesling Challenge, which attracts wines from Riesling producing countries from all around the world and is seen as one of the most significant events of its type in the southern hemisphere. Having entered the challenge, we will be competing with 500 other Riesling producers from across the world. The results are out Friday the 16th of October, 2015.


Colouring In for Adults and Dine on the Grapewine Event

This coming 29th of October, the Henty Library is hosting an event at Flyfaire where it's time for the adults to colour in (who said colouring in was just for the kids) and enjoy wine tasting at the same time. 

The cost is only $5 bucks and it promises to be a social event. Bookings can be make by contacting skane@greaterhume.nsw.gov.au for details or you can always contact us at info@flyfaire.com (we will pass on your details).

Flyfaire Wines Announces Gold Award Winning Performance at the Inland Tourism Awards

Left  : Les Hanel, Flyfaire's Winemaker; Centre: Julianne Cox, Flyfaire's Business Director; Right: Rodger Powell, Chair of Inland NSW Tourism.

Left: Les Hanel, Flyfaire's Winemaker; Centre: Julianne Cox, Flyfaire's Business Director; Right: Rodger Powell, Chair of Inland NSW Tourism.

Photo Credit: Loose Canon Images.

Woomargama, NSW – Locally owned Flyfaire Wines Cellar Door and Café announced today that it took the winning Gold Award in the "Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries" over the weekend (Saturday the 25th of July, 2015) at the Inland Tourism Awards held in Broken Hill, NSW. 

The Inland Tourism Awards are held every year to acknowledge excellence in tourism in the four Victorian and New South Wales regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina.

Chair of the Awards, Jane Barnes, had this to say about the event:

“The 12th annual Travel In Inland Tourism Awards showcased some of the best tourism attractions, products and operators in NSW and Victoria. This year, all entrants were of a high calibre. In some categories the marks between finalists were so close that a silver and bronze award was given. The winners demonstrated a high standard of professionalism and innovation in their field."

The team at Flyfaire Wines is delighted to have won, having gone into the awards not expecting too much given the stiff competition.

Our winemaker, Les Hanel, stated the following about winning the award:

“We put a lot of hard work into the submission and we're delighted that it paid-off in such a big way. It really is such a fabulous surprise and great to be recognised for the hard work that we've put into our tourism experience."

The team at Flyfaire Wines believes the Inland Tourism Awards is a great way to develop tourism in the Murray region and recognise independent operators that are providing wonderful tourism experiences.

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.

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To learn more about the Flyfaire's involvement in the Inland Tourism Awards, please contact our Business Director:

Julianne Cox, Business Director
1190 Tunnel Road, Woomargama, NSW, 2644
Tel: (02) 6020 5264
www.flyfaire.com | info@flyfaire.com