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A red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created from
Pinot noir grapes
A white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety as well as high acidity.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country
A dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine.
Tim White is Thistle Hill’s award-winning winemaker and owner of The Hill’s self-appointed ruler, protector and mascot, Thurston, a Jack Russell cross. Originating from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, "Dr" Tim has a Wine Science degree from Charles Sturt University on the back of a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of New South Wales. Tim has spent many years working in NSW wine growing areas and abroad, has a real passion for Mudgee wine and loves calling Mudgee "Home".
Tim enjoys taking photographs around Mudgee, catching and cooking local produce, or just relaxing down by the river with friends; he is involved in the technical group, the Mudgee Wine Association, which is testament to his skill across the district.
Tim believes that Organic wine highlights the true character of the grape, without the additives commonly found in commercial wines. He is often heard talking passionately about the vibrancy and life abundant in Thistle Hill's organic vineyard. When you visit, you can see that for yourself!
It all began in Erudgere in 1975 on an expansive hill covered in the cottony, purple hue of the invasive Milk Thistle weed. Dave and Leslie Robertson, with vision, grit and the help of good friends, painstakingly removed the Thistles and replaced them with the deep burgundy and lush green of grapevines. Dave lovingly made the wine right up until his death but his memory and the story of our beginning remains immortalised in our name. Thistle Hill Organic Vineyard and Winery grew out of these original vines planted by the Robertsons; vines that are still producing our fruit to this day.
Our Managing Director has a background that is as diverse as the grapes we grow on The Hill. With an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Science, and post graduate qualifications across Educational Leadership and Theology, Anthony Boys has enjoyed a number of significant leadership experiences in secondary and tertiary education, including his most recent position as an Assistant Principal in one of Sydney's leading Catholic secondary schools. Anthony also brings a variety experiences from private enterprise in the fields of viticulture and breeding beef cattle, in educational research and development which alongside his ongoing roles on Boards of Management, see The Hill served well in charting an exciting path ahead.
Though the Loughan family had already built several businesses in Australia, it wasn’t until they discovered Mudgee that they found their NSW home. After investing in Thistle Hill they decided to move to the farm not just to oversee their new business, but to learn from the roots up how to grow the best organic wine in Australia. Rob and Mary Loughan, the co-owners of Thistle Hill, have a long history as a celebrated entrepreneurs all over the world. Among the projects they is are most proud of, a list that starts with Thistle Hill, the Loughans have built award-winning snowboarding resorts, several high profile internet companies and executive produced a friend’s solo blues album at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California
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