Cellar door closed until 1 April 2017

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Cellar door will close from 19 December 2016 and re-open on 1 April 2017.

If, however, you would like to purchase wine during this period, please contact Dianne on 9293 3309.

We wish you and your families a very safe and happy Christmas and look forward to showing you our freshly crushed 2017 vintage in April!

The Bonfire aftermath

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2016bonfire1.jpgThank you to everyone who braved the rainy weather and came to the Bonfire Party.

2016bonfire2.jpgWe were overwhelmed by your support, generosity and thoughtfulness.

Thanks especially to Mum for helping to plan the day and for preparing most of the salads, condiments and sweets. And to my husband Sean for making the place look so beautiful and quickly erecting hasty taups when the weather closed in.

Other thanks go to my parents-in-law, Ian and Merran, who came by boat from the east coast especially for the party. Ian put in a full day's work on the mower on the Saturday in readiness for the party. And Merran took a load off my mind by looking after Abigail so I could spend some time with you all.

My brothers, Mike and Pete, were of course the Aldersyde tractor drivers on the day. Thanks boys.

But of course the biggest thanks goes to YOU! Some of you have never missed a party. And it wouldn't be the same if you did. Thank you for your loyalty and encouragement over the years. We never would have made it without you.

We hope you'll join us again next year.

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Bonfire Party update

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2015_tractorride.jpgWe have toyed with the idea of changing the Bonfire Party to Saturday as the weather for Sunday does not look great. But we know some of you have booked accommodation for the event and others have travelled from as far as Yamba to share in the day. So rather than frustrate anyone's plans, we will stick with the Sunday.

Pleeaase bring wet weather gear with you and perhaps a change of clothes for the drive home. We will have some undercover shelter but count on tired, muddy but happy kids on the drive home.

The forecast is showing fine weather in the morning but showers starting later in the afternoon and getting heavy by 6pm. You might like to consider arriving earlier, around 11-12pm, so the kids have time to enjoy the festivities before the weather sets in.

If you are coming for the BBQ please remember to bring meat or a plate/salad to share and a few picnic blankets or chairs. We will fire up the BBQs around noon.

And remember to leave space in your car for a case or two of wine - it's a steal at $150/case - and helps us to continue the Bonfire tradition each year. 

See you all on Sunday!

Lara and family.

Great plug in QANTAS magazine

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When sommelier at Amuse, Michele, was asked in an interview for the QANTAS magazine which was his favourite wine under $20, guess who he picked? Yours truly! We are flattered and, to be honest, surprised that out of all the wines available on the market, our humble little 2011 Merlot Cabernet was selected.

The 2011 Merlot Cabernet is available only at cellar door for $20/bottle and $175/case.

Our wines are honest expressions of their site. No artificial additives, just some sulfur to preserve the fruit which we tend with dedication and passion.

It goes to show that often less is more when it comes to wine.

click here to read article



2016 Aldersyde bonfire party

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Hello everyone!

This year the bonfire party will be on Sunday 18 September 2016. Please pencil it into your diaries. Apparently there is no footy on that day :)

Mixed red dozens will again be on sale for $150 though there is a 3 bottle limit on each of Shiraz and Cabernet due to low stocks. We are very grateful for your support which helps us keep our small little business alive!

2014bonfire.jpgWHERE
: Aldersyde Estate, 226 Aldersyde Road, Bickley

WHEN
: Sunday 18 September 2016

TIME: open for sales 10am-5pm, BBQ around 1pm, bonfire 3-4pm

WHAT TO BRING: meat or a plate if you're coming for the BBQ, warm clothes, fold up chairs or picnic rug

GOOD IDEA: check the website for any updates.

We look forward to seeing you all again.

Lara and family

We are closed from Christmas to end January 2016

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We are closed on Christmas Day and will re-open on 6 February 2016.

If you would like to purchase wines (and don't require a tasting) during this period, please contact Dianne on 9293 3309 to arrange a convenient time.

Happy New Year to you all! We hope 2016 is a happy and prosperous year for you and your families.

Kanyana Wildlife says thanks

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Here's a message from one of the associations we are proud to support:

"Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is grateful to once again receive the support of Aldersyde Estate for our annual Quiz Night Fundraiser. They have kindly donated some of their delicious Merlot and Cabernet Shiraz for prizes. Thanks Lara and Dianne!"

Bonfire party stays on Sunday

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The weather looks great and sunny on Sunday 20th - perhaps a little nippy at 17C but perfect for a bonfire!

The BBQs will be fired up and ready for action around 12-1pm and the bonfire lit around 3-4pm.

Dogs are welcome, but please remember the property is not fenced and we have 2 border collies who will probably assert their right to be king of the castle. There will also be lots of children, so if you cannot vouch for your dog's behaviour, the bonfire is not the place to bring him/her.

The format will be the same as in past years - we will have some salads, sausages, cipave, bread rolls and coffee/tea but we ask that you please bring some meat or a plate to share, especially if you are coming with friends. Over the years we have seen some stunning contributions, eg Helga's homemade halva.

Mixed dozens will be on sale on Sunday only for $150, so make sure you take advantage of the saving and stock up for the summer or Christmas.

Bonfire bonanza!

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The bonfire is BIG this year!

We've finished re-trellising the old shiraz. This means there are quite a few old vine arms in the bonfire.

It's still too far out to see what the weather will do at this stage. But we're glad so many of you have said how much you're looking forward to it. We are too.

See you soon!

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Aldersyde 2015 bonfire party

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OK calm down. Yes, we are still having our annual bonfire party. We are keeping it in September as spring is such a lovely time of the year in the vineyard - let's just hope the variable September weather smiles kindly upon us on Sunday 20 September. If rain is forecast on Sunday, then we will switch to Saturday - keep an eye on our website for updates.

The time and format of the party hasn't changed. We will provide some meat for the BBQ, salads and sweets, but as we don't know how many people will actually rock up on the day, we ask that you please bring something for the communal table to share, especially if you are coming with friends.

2014_2bonfire.jpgOur wines will be on sale on the day, so if you've been diligently rationing your wine supplies, you can relax and give in to temptation. Mixed red dozens will be on sale for $150 (there is a 3 bottle limit on each of Shiraz and Cabernet due to low stocks). We are very grateful for your support which helps us keep our small little business alive!

WHERE
: Aldersyde Estate, 226 Aldersyde Road, Bickley

WHEN
: Sunday 20 September 2015

TIME: open for sales 10am-5pm, BBQ around 1pm, bonfire 3-4pm

WHAT TO BRING: meat or a plate if you're coming for the BBQ, warm clothes, fold up chairs or picnic rug

GOOD IDEA: check the website the week before to make sure the bonfire is on Sunday and not Saturday!