Padthaway’s Wine History

Part three of the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council’s Culture and Practices / Wine  History Project focused on Padthaway. We used Henry’s Drive as a base for many of the interviews, which were conducted by incredibly fun wine writer Jane Faulkner .

Henry’s Drive, Padthaway, SA

Wonderful venue, great wines, and owner Kim Longbottom was an exquisite hostess.

Ulrich Grey-Smith, Sue Bell, Jane Faulkner, Kim Longbottom

It was my job to produce a script that encapsulates this wine region from the single day’s filming. Here it is, with many thanks to Rob Tremelling for the camera work and editing. Look out for industry icon David Hardy’s legendary quote in at the end: “If you drink enough wine you can tolerate anybody, so it’s a great product.” Too true!


Limestone Coast Wine History Project – Wrattonbully

It’s exciting when a visiting Canadian wine critic tweets the following about the Wine History Project I’m working on in partnership with the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council and Fed Creative:

Perhaps our production team could head to Canada next! Stage two of the local project found us filming in Wrattonbully, where we delved deep into wine history in an underground cave.

It’s an amazing feeling drinking wine made from grapes growing above your head! We collected four hours worth of interviews on tape, with wine writer Mike Bennie on the mike, and some rather cute photos in between.

Here’s the edited version:

The rest of the clips can also be found on the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council’s website.


Posting Wine Show Results Online

Gone are the days when a media release announcing the winners of a wine show will suffice; Twitter and Facebook users at the event will gazump you and get the word out in no time, which is fabulous! It’s now a matter of ensuring that the right people are watching and listening – and that we can value-add to actuality of it all, using photos or film clips. For the recent 2012 Limestone Coast Wine Show, we had interviews with the winners and judges edited and posted live on YouTube the following day.

Penley Estate produced the favourite Limestone Coast drop of Canadian wine judge and journalist Anthony Gismondi:

And finally, an interview with the team behind the Best Wine of Show:


Best Wedding Proposal Ever – Real Weddings Magazine

I wrote about the most amazing proposal in the Real Weddings Style issue out this week: guy pops the question to his homesick, Chicago-based girlfriend after secretly flying to America and disguising himself as a reindeer handing out lollies at a Christmas market. An unsuspecting Rae had her photo taken with him before he dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. A journalist witnessed the commotion, and  ‘Rudolph’s Proposal’ became a media and YouTube sensation. Have a look here – gorgeous music, I bawled.

Of course, she said YES and their winter wedding was held at a favourite WA holiday spot. Here’s some images from photographer Leah Kua.










Hours were spent scouring second hand shops in search of decorations and vintage clothing for the wedding party – with fab results. The full story is in the new issue of Real Weddings. You can also read about it on Leah Kua’s blog.

Wine History Project – Mount Gambier GI

The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council has commissioned me to help document the history of the various wine districts in the South East corner of South Australia. Working in conjunction with Fed Creative, I’m directing interviews and location shoots in Coonawarra, Robe, Mount Benson, Wrattonbully, Padthaway and Mount Gambier.

Interviewing David Herbert in Mount Gambier

After that, it’s back to the office to spool through the hours of footage and write scripts. We’re planning to produce about 20 YouTube clips over the next 12 months. Here’s the first one, on the Mount Gambier wine region, with interviews by wine writer and wine show judge Nick Ryan.