Wine Blog

Taylors Wines are known as Wakefield Wines in the northern hemisphere due to trademark restrictions.

St. Andrews celebrates 125 years

Wed, 12 April 2017

The History of St Andrews Vineyard… For over 40 years, from 1891 until 1934, the St Andrews vineyard at Auburn was one of the leading wine producers in the Clare Valley.  The property was developed by two Scotsmen, John Christison (1849-1911) and David Alexander Lyall (1860-1956) and was named in honour of the patron saint of […] Read More

New innovations in winemaking

Fri, 18 March 2016

The term ‘skunkworks’ originated with a research and development project inside American aircraft manufacturer, Lockheed in Burbank California during World War II. The noted innovation scholar, Everett M Rogers defined skunkworks as “…an especially enriched environment that is intended to help a small group of individuals design a new idea by escaping routine organizational procedures…” […] Read More

The Magic of a Clare Valley Riesling

Fri, 12 February 2016

Call it a lucky synthesis or pure serendipity – either way there is no denying that Clare Valley climate, altitude and soil quality are perfectly attuned to growing the noble Riesling grape. Whether young or cellared, our premium Riesling presents elements that simply sing with the magic of the Clare. In the world of wine, […] Read More

The Story of Viognier

Wed, 25 November 2015

Each year here in the Clare Valley we find ourselves falling further in love with a particular white varietal of extraordinary character and versatility – Viognier. It’s certainly not one of the better-known whites, having gone under the radar for a number of years. Yet we are increasingly impressed with the strength of character exhibited […] Read More

Taylors Wines and the Wallabies – It’s All About the Long Game

Fri, 30 October 2015

You can only imagine how delighted we are to be the official wine partner for our barnstorming Australian rugby union team, the Wallabies. Our three-generation family winery has a strong love of and connection with rugby union, with a number of family members having taken to the footy field from an early age. Across team […] Read More

Serving Wine at the Perfect Temperature

Thu, 29 October 2015

Serving wine at the ‘right’ temperature can sometimes seem like one of those snobby wine issues which, at the end of the day, doesn’t matter an awful lot. Surely the act of simply chilling whites and serving reds at room temperature will get you within the ballpark of acceptable? This basic rule is certainly a […] Read More

The Etiquette of Giving and Receiving Dinner Party Wine

Tue, 27 October 2015

We’ve all heard the pre-function request to “just bring a bottle.” But what exactly is the ‘right’ bottle to present at any given function? Further – will just one bottle be enough? And if the host actually has beverages sorted, would another gift be more appropriate? These and other etiquette quandaries can be overcome with […] Read More

Add a little Sparkling to Your Spring

Tue, 22 September 2015

Spring – don’t we just love this hopeful and energising time of year? Some of us tend to leap into the possibilities of the fresh season, while others might need just a little more time to warm up as the days lengthen. Whatever your approach to spring, there’s no denying that there will be lots […] Read More

An ‘Alternative’ Father’s Day Wine

Thu, 27 August 2015

We all know the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. And we certainly understand that when it comes to enjoying premium quality wines, some chaps can be quite wedded to their favourite drop. This Father’s Day though, why not consider presenting Dad with something a bit left-field in the wine department? […] Read More

How We Crafted One of The World’s Finest Shiraz

Fri, 14 August 2015

The Pioneer Shiraz Exceptional Parcel Release represents a bold step in the Taylor family’s journey to craft distinctive wines that rival the world’s best. The Pioneer Shiraz 2012 showcases the way in which a superior wine can be produced through a very delicate balance of meticulous attention and care, expert skill and know-how, and supreme […] Read More

What Makes the Clare Valley so Ideal for Wine Production?

Wed, 29 July 2015

Early settlers who were interested in wine production must have thought they’d hit the jackpot when they discovered South Australia’s Clare Valley! The region is a winemaker’s dream, with gullies, rolling hills, a variety of soil types, and a great Mediterranean climate. The Clare Valley is known for the production of superior wines – particularly […] Read More

A Year in the Life of a Clare Valley Winemaker

Tue, 09 June 2015

In our secret little spot on the globe, we Clare Valley winemakers know that we have a truly special home. And it’s not just about the perfect climate, altitude and soil. We also get to be part of a vibrant and inclusive community. Sure, we’re not exactly the big city up here – but as […] Read More

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party

Thu, 07 May 2015

A wine tasting party is a fabulous way to heighten your enjoyment of your favourite varieties of wine – and your weekend! From casual get-togethers on the back verandah to formal occasions complete with white linens and tasting notes, a wine tasting party is a great setting for both learning about and appreciating a range […] Read More

Mother’s Day – A Time to Celebrate with Good Food and Wine

Tue, 28 April 2015

Mother’s Day provides us with a great reason to get outside and enjoy the last days of autumn here at Taylors – that magical time when the leaves on the trees are turning those beautiful hues of yellow, red and orange. There is nothing that beats catching the sun lighting up a brightly-coloured tree in […] Read More

Vintage 2015 – update

Tue, 07 April 2015

Here we are at the beginning of April, and the harvest of fruit that will craft the 2015 vintage wines is almost complete.  All of the white varieties have now been harvested, both from the Clare Valley estate and our grower partners in regions across South Australia.  The last white variety to be picked was […] Read More

Will Climate Change Affect the Way we Produce Wine?

Mon, 16 March 2015

Vintage 2015 is in full swing across Australia. At Taylors, our winemakers hailed the beginning of vintage in the first week of February, when the grape parameters were all in balance – the sugars, acidity, tannins and flavour compounds. And this season’s fruit is once again a beautiful expression of our Clare Valley terroir, and […] Read More

Better with Age? The Mysteries of Wine and Time

Tue, 03 March 2015

Does a wine actually improve with age? There are certainly enough clichés floating around linking wine and ageing – ‘ageing like a fine wine’…. ‘like good wine, the best things take time’, and so on. But like any cliché, it probably pays to know a little bit more about the subject before committing to any […] Read More

Hard Work and Inspiration Rewarded with Success on World Stage

Tue, 18 November 2014

At Taylors, we take a lot of simple joy from the art of winemaking. To see family, employees and the community flourishing alongside our business here in the Clare Valley is incredibly rewarding for us. Yet we have to say, it’s also a thrill to receive recognition for the hard work that we put into […] Read More

The Artistry of Shiraz

Tue, 04 November 2014

Shiraz is undoubtedly one of our favourite varieties here at Taylors Wines. There’s a luscious allure to this ancient red, which has the ability to either stand in magnificent solitude or to blend with others in perfect symmetry. Botanical genealogy traces the first Shiraz (or Syrah) vines to the pairing of two obscure grapes in […] Read More

The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Release

Fri, 10 October 2014

Introducing The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. This is a truly special release named in honour of our founder Bill Taylor Senior. The Visionary is a rare indulgence, produced in extremely limited volumes from exceptional vintages. We’re proud to be able to share it with you. Read More

How to Look Like a Professional at a Wine Tasting

Mon, 11 August 2014

So you have a wine tasting looming on your social horizon. And you can picture it now – sparkling glasses on linen-covered tables, with people who seem to know a heck of a lot about what they’re doing. Odd swirling actions, strange sniffing, talk of bouquets, spitting – really, you could well ask what it’s […] Read More

Vintage 2014 Wrap Up Report

Tue, 06 May 2014

Well folks, vintage is now officially finished for 2014!  The wines we’re crafting from this year’s harvest will start to make their way into the marketplace from around July this year.  Hard to believe that the gorgeous glass of Clare Valley Riesling you might be sipping in spring this year came from grapes that were […] Read More

St. Andrews Shiraz and barrel fermentation

Thu, 23 August 2012

Our Chief Winemaker, Adam Eggins started experimenting with open barrel fermentation technique for the St. Andrews Shiraz from the 2006 vintage.  In his opinion, the earlier in a wine’s life you introduce high quality wood, the better.  The natural tannins in the wood of the oak barrels do a number of amazing things for the […] Read More

Vintage 2012 – Wrap Up Report

Tue, 08 May 2012

It’s hard to believe but we have just finished our 40th vintage at our winery in the Clare Valley, South Australia. We’re all so proud of the fact that the world has continued to enjoy our wines for so long! Vintage officially commenced on the 2nd of February with the harvesting of the delightfully aromatic […] Read More