Missing wine glasses

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Thanks all for a gorgeous day last Sunday.

We hope you enjoyed yourselves too.

However, unfortunately it seems we have 'lost' over 60 wine glasses!

Please if you have accidentally taken our glasses could you return them?

Apologies if we did not make it clear that the glasses were not yours to keep.

We would appreciate you returning them either to our home in Wembley or to the winery.

We love hosting this event each year and would hate to have to start charging a fee to cover our costs.

Trophy win for Aldersyde Shiraz!

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On Friday night at the annual Swan Valley Show we were thrilled to collect a trophy for the Best Shiraz of the Show for our 2015 Shiraz.

This wine was judged against all shiraz classes, including blends and any vintage.

It was a great triumph for a small winery like us - who makes the wine ourselves exclusively from our own fruit - to receive this award against strong competitors like Houghtons and Mandoon.

Bravo Aldersyde!

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Bonfire party in 2 weeks!

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Fingers-crossed the weather is as glorious as it has been for the past week.

We finished pruning on the weekend and are looking forward to celebrating the end of winter and the start of spring with a big bonfire bang!

As usual, we will provide bread rolls, salads, sausages, tea/coffee, some sweets etc but we'd appreciate you bringing some extra meat or a plate to share if you're coming with a group as we are never sure of numbers on the day. We would hate for some people to miss out!

Please also bring a picnic blanket or deck chairs, or whatever you'd prefer to sit on .. or not.

It's still too far our for a weather report, but keep an eye on this blog for any updates.

See you soon!

Bonfire picnic - 10 September 2017

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tractorkids2016.jpgFor those who I haven't already emailed (please contact me if you wish to be included on the list), the Bonfire party this year will be held on Sunday 10 September.

Keep an eye on our website for more details closer to the date.





WHERE: Aldersyde Estate, 226 Aldersyde Road, Bickley

WHEN
: Sunday 10 September 2017

TIME: open for sales 10am-5pm, BBQ picnic 1-5pm, bonfire ignition 3pm

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

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.