Wine Blog

Taylors Wines are known as Wakefield Wines in the northern hemisphere due to trademark restrictions.

St. Andrews celebrates 125 years

Wed, 12 April 2017


The History of St Andrews Vineyard… For over 40 years, from 1891 until 1934, the St Andrews vineyard at Auburn was one of the leading wine producers in the Clare Valley.  The property was developed by two Scotsmen, John Christison (1849-1911) and David Alexander Lyall (1860-1956) and was named in honour of the patron saint of […] Read More

Vintage 2017 – Progress Update

Wed, 29 March 2017


At the Taylors family winery, things are 'full steam ahead' as far as vintage 2017 goes with things progressing steadily and without incident. Read More

Temperature from vine to glass

Tue, 06 December 2016


Temperature is very important when it comes to wine, not just for when you are storing it or serving it, but all the way from the very beginning. The moment a viticulturist plants a vine, temperature plays a big role throughout the process of the grapes growing, being processed into wine, being transported and stored […] Read More

The myth of room temperature

Mon, 21 November 2016


White wine should be served chilled and red wine should be served at room temperature. Well, that’s the general rule anyway. But what if room temperature happens to be too warm to be enjoyable? Truthfully, red wine should never be served at room temperature in Australia. This rule dates back to when wine was served […] Read More

What is Optimum Drinking Temperature and why is it so important?

Mon, 14 November 2016


It is quite normal for the majority of people to serve their wine without really thinking about the temperature of it. The red is served straight from the shelf or storage area at room temperature, and the white is served completely cold straight from the fridge. However, just as you wouldn’t enjoy a lukewarm cup […] Read More

Different Ways to Chill Your Wine

Mon, 07 November 2016


Did you know even if you are a wine aficionado, there is a very good chance that you are drinking your wine at the wrong temperature? It is a common mistake to go by the old ‘rule’ that red wine should be served at room temperature and white wine should be served straight from the […] Read More

Into the heady world of wine aromatics

Tue, 20 September 2016


Pouring yourself a glass of wine, and taking that first sip can be one of life’s great pleasures. There are a couple of factors at play here in creating that amazing experience. There is, of course, the taste of the wine. But helping create that overall enjoyable experience is also the aroma of the wine. […] Read More

Better with Age? The Mysteries of Wine and Time

Tue, 03 March 2015


Does a wine actually improve with age? There are certainly enough clichés floating around linking wine and ageing – ‘ageing like a fine wine’…. ‘like good wine, the best things take time’, and so on. But like any cliché, it probably pays to know a little bit more about the subject before committing to any […] Read More

Vintage 2015 – Progress Report

Thu, 19 February 2015


We’ve had an interesting start to vintage 2015 with what our vineyard manager, Colin describes as an ‘upside down growing season’.  It was dry early in October, and then cool and mild in December and January with some rainfall.  The opposite is usually the case with October usually seeing the mild conditions and some rain […] Read More

Best Wine Selections for Parties

Wed, 10 December 2014


The house is spotless, music is selected and delicious treats await your guests. Yes – it’s party time! But the big question remains – how will you select the best range and style of wines to complement your do? Well of course there are a number of different types of gatherings, from the rowdy get-together […] Read More

Enticing Vermentino

Tue, 09 December 2014


As the weather begins to warm, a natural restlessness can tend to kick in.  So, what better time to shake up your wine selection with something a little new? With something fresh and perhaps a touch unusual? We think it’s a perfect time for us to showcase one of the newer white grapes being cultivated […] Read More

New Trends In Viniculture

Wed, 03 December 2014


You might have heard of a phrase in education: ‘lifelong learning’. The idea is that your wellbeing improves if you keep learning new things right across your lifespan. Well, when it comes to learning new and innovative ways to grow grapes and make premium wines, we here at Taylors Wines are happy to be known […] Read More

Hard Work and Inspiration Rewarded with Success on World Stage

Tue, 18 November 2014


At Taylors, we take a lot of simple joy from the art of winemaking. To see family, employees and the community flourishing alongside our business here in the Clare Valley is incredibly rewarding for us. Yet we have to say, it’s also a thrill to receive recognition for the hard work that we put into […] Read More

A Sporting Attitude

Wed, 12 November 2014


Although we can sometimes become a little obsessed with creating our premium wines, here at Taylors we’re also very passionate about giving back to the community and being involved in key Australian events. One of those events is the Australian Open. This prestigious golfing event brings together the cream of the crop in international talent […] Read More

The Jaraman Range

Fri, 31 October 2014


You’ve no doubt noticed those proud little seahorses floating on the label of one of our wine ranges. Grouped as three, the seahorses represent the hard work and camaraderie of the first three generations of winemakers in the Taylor family. And they also remind us of something uniquely beautiful and kind of odd – seahorse […] Read More

Meet The Taylors

Tue, 30 September 2014


When you come across a family that’s as passionate as we are about creating excellent wine, you might ask – what originally ignited that fire in the first place? And who exactly are these Taylors down there in the Clare Valley? Well, like any family – we certainly have our fascinating stories that have come […] Read More

Australia’s First Families of Wine

Thu, 04 September 2014


At Taylors Wine, we are proud to be part of a truly unique group of winemakers – Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW). This diverse and passionate collective of multi-generational winemakers first came together in 2009, and has been working strategically together ever since to spread the message about Australia’s rich and distinguished winemaking heritage, […] Read More

Celebrate Riesling – The Winemaker’s Wine

Mon, 25 August 2014


It’s no secret that for years Riesling suffered a bit of a PR nightmare, with an undeserved reputation for too much sweetness. It seemed for a time that only winemakers appreciated its true beauty.  But as you probably know, here we’re pretty crazy about this elegant white, which ranges in style from deliciously fruity, to […] Read More

The St. Andrews Story

Wed, 20 August 2014


In 1969 when Bill Taylor Senior went searching for land to fulfil his dream of crafting Australian wines that would rival the best from France, he knew from experience that the Clare Valley was something out of the ordinary. High altitude, limited rainfall, warm days, cool nights, plenty of limestone underpinnings, and not too close […] Read More

How to Look Like a Professional at a Wine Tasting

Mon, 11 August 2014


So you have a wine tasting looming on your social horizon. And you can picture it now – sparkling glasses on linen-covered tables, with people who seem to know a heck of a lot about what they’re doing. Odd swirling actions, strange sniffing, talk of bouquets, spitting – really, you could well ask what it’s […] Read More

The Taylors Winemaker Project

Mon, 28 July 2014


It’s true that our winemakers here at Taylors work hard each season to create memorable wines. And we do our best to provide them with the best fruit, resources and working environment to enable them to bring to life our award-winning range. But we also know that there’s another, more subtle input that’s tied into […] Read More

Beautiful Chardonnay

Tue, 08 July 2014


We’re not afraid to say it – it’s a really exciting time to be working with Chardonnay. And while we’re at it, how about we just name that tiresome elephant in the room right away? Yes, we acknowledge that this versatile white grape copped an extensive pounding to its reputation in the 1990s. And we […] Read More

Eighty Acres – Taking Up the Carbon Neutral Challenge

Tue, 01 July 2014


The thing about a passionate and dedicated family business like Taylors is that we love a good challenge.  A good example of this is achieving the 100% carbon neutral standard on our Eighty Acres range of wines. We were actually  the world’s first winery to succeed at meeting this globally recognised ISO standard. Some out there […] Read More

Our famous “Red Hot Reds”

Tue, 13 May 2014


In a couple of weeks, we’ll be releasing the next vintage of Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – the 2013.  The wine has developed a ‘cult following’ since the first vintage release – the ’73.  Back then, the Taylor family were convinced the terroir of our Clare Valley estate could produce red wines of a pedigree […] Read More

Vintage 2014 Wrap Up Report

Tue, 06 May 2014


Well folks, vintage is now officially finished for 2014!  The wines we’re crafting from this year’s harvest will start to make their way into the marketplace from around July this year.  Hard to believe that the gorgeous glass of Clare Valley Riesling you might be sipping in spring this year came from grapes that were […] Read More

Flavour assassins: what not to pair with your glass of wine

Thu, 30 January 2014


They say that wine trembles with fear when capers, chili and asparagus are about. But all hope is not lost – as you will find out, most flavour assassins can be tamed with the help of another main ingredient to divert the attention. A creamy sauce, a juicy steak or a fresh salad could be […] Read More

A Brief History of Australian Wine

Thu, 09 January 2014


The first grapevines were brought to Australia with the first fleet and planted in NSW but how has the face of Australian wine changed since this time?  Here’s a little infographic that we have put together at Taylors to show the progress of the Australian Wine Industry Read More

Vintage 2012 – Wrap Up Report

Tue, 08 May 2012


It’s hard to believe but we have just finished our 40th vintage at our winery in the Clare Valley, South Australia. We’re all so proud of the fact that the world has continued to enjoy our wines for so long! Vintage officially commenced on the 2nd of February with the harvesting of the delightfully aromatic […] Read More