Italian Harvest is underway & looking good – Barolo is on its way to OZ

Italian Harvest is underway & looking good – Barolo is on its way to OZ

Busy Busy Busy

People often ask what do I do and my elevator speach is quite easy – “I import wine.”  The normal response is “wow how good is that !”   I have to agree I really enjoy it.  But the downside is that is is often very hectic with often not enough hours in the day.

  • Tasting and selecting wines
  • monitoring  Forex Rates
  • organising international shipping
  • Watching this years Spanish and Italian harvests

Italian Harvest 2015

It has been a busy few weeks at The Winetraveller – selling wine during the day and keeping up with the European harvest.   Despite a summer heatwave in Europe our Italian producers are confident that the recent rain has left the grapes in very good condition. Early indications are that this years harvest will be a good one with the Harvest being bought forward only a few days.

2015 Barbera D’Asti  grapes



At our producers vineyards it has been all hands on deck picking the grapes – NO machines here only care.


Following picking the grapes are destemed then processed prior to fermentation



2011 Barolo on its way

A big focus for us over the preceding weeks has been in getting our 1st shipment of wine from our producer in Barolo.  As this is our first shipment out of Italy we have been working hard to ensure that it arrives in the land OZ in great shape

We will be shipping Barolo, Nebiolo and Barbera D’Asti Superior.

While we are really excited about the quality of the wine – What we are really excited about is that a few months of meetings and planning has paid off and we have been able to achieve some great prices for refrigerated shipping of the wine from Italy to Australia.  The benefit of this is that with the way the  Australian Taxation system this will save about $6- $10 off the retail price of the wine – win for us and our customers