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4 November 2019 | ATR Wines

Jazz Under the Tree

Join us for a relaxed afternoon under the shade of our magnificent gums to enjoy jazz tunes from Local Jazz Duo Richie & Corrine!

All your favourite ATR Wines will be available by the glass & bottle. 
BYO chairs and picnic rugs & children welcome too. Make sure to click 'going' on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest.

Time Posted: 04/11/2019 at 1:56 PM Permalink to Jazz Under the Tree Permalink
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1 November 2019 | ATR Wines

Win a Day in the Life at ATR Wines!

Experience Vintage in 2020 with Adam

For a short time only when you purchase a dozen ATR wines or sign up to one of our three wine clubs, you will automatically go in the draw to win a ‘Day in the life of ATR Wines’

Two people will join Adam for a day during vintage 2020 and get exclusive hands-on, behind the scenes experience of what goes into making every bottle of ATR Wine.

Competition Includes:

One lucky person and their guest will be selected randomly to spend a day in the winery getting dirty with Adam during vintage 2020.

The day will start with a meet the team and family, followed by a vineyard tour and winery tour.  You will gain insights into a working winery and then it’s time to get your hands dirty. This is where you will be pumping over wines, washing barrels and other winery tasks needed to be done on the day you’re there.  Break for lunch matched with ATR Wines, pat the dogs, enjoy some time with the family and then after lunch more winery work.  To finish off the day we will send you home with a six pack of ATR Wines.

Terms & Conditions: 

Promotion runs between 2 November – 31 December 2019.  Competition winner will win a day with Adam at the ATR Winery, located 103 Hard Hill Road, Armstrong Vic 3377, for one day, between 8am – 5pm (or unless otherwise agreed).  Competition date is to be agreed between the winner and Adam at least 7 days prior.  Travel to and from the Winery is not included nor is accommodation if needed.  Competitions winners will be drawn at random on 2nd January, 2020. Winner will be notified by email and details of the prize will be organised directly with the winner. If the winner does not respond within 7 days a new winner will be randomly drawn. Anybody who purchases a dozen ATR Wines or signs up to one of ATRs three wine clubs, will receive an automatic entry to the competition. ATR Wines will collect all entrants details.  This information will only be used for ATR Wines marketing purposes and will not be on-sold to any other groups. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Time Posted: 01/11/2019 at 4:21 PM Permalink to Win a Day in the Life at ATR Wines! Permalink
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5 September 2019 | ATR Wines

Adam Richardson - Spirit of Adventure

It was great having the team from Wine Australia visit during vintage 2019 and have the opportunity to share my story and passion about what I do.

They have put together a great little video and article that I think sums me up pretty well! Check them out here: https://www.australianwine.com/en-AU/our-makers/adam-richardson

Time Posted: 05/09/2019 at 12:12 PM Permalink to Adam Richardson - Spirit of Adventure Permalink
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21 August 2019 | ATR Wines

2020 Halliday Wine Companion Results

It’s always an exciting time each August waiting for the annual “Australian Wine Bible”, the Halliday Wine Companion to hit the shelves.

I’m pleased to say that this year, along with retaining our 5-red-star winery rating, we received a wonderful 96-point rating on 4 of our wines:

2017 Hard Hill Road Close-Planted Shiraz | 96 points Gold + Special Value Rating

“Ultra-close planting of 5000 vines per one-third/ha, and only a production of 250 dozen. Exceptionally deep and bright crimson-purple; it is no less strikingly intense, its mouthfeel supple, velvet and full of spices sewn through black fruits. Then, after all that, the tannins are so fine and soft they leave you wondering where they went.” James Halliday August 2019


2017 Hard Hill Road Mule Variation | 96 points Gold + Special Value Rating

“A blend of Nebbiolo, Tannat, Durif and shiraz, says Richardson ‘inspired by the Tom Wait's album', and is a blend of his most enigmatic red varieties. Like Wait's music, Mule Variation is an unexpected take on an otherwise regular theme. The wine is supremely intense, yet medium-bodied rather than full-bodied, and the red, purple and black fruit flavours are all in harmony.” James Halliday August 2019


2017 Chockstone Shiraz | 96 points Gold + Special Value Rating

“Vivid, deep crimson-purple - spectacular. Black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant don't intend to give red, blue or purple fruits permission to speak. Oak and tannins are allowed to suggest support roles, but that's as far as it gets. Yet it's not the winemaker who has shut the door - it's the fruit and the site climate that have become the guardians of the River of Styx.” James Halliday August 2019


2018 Chockstone Riesling | 96 points Gold + Special Value Rating

“Bone dry, yet intensely fruity. It's not an easy matter to achieve, and the Grampians can lay claim to be the most successful region in Victoria for Riesling other than Henty. Acidity is one of the keys, climate the driver.” James Halliday August 2019


We also received these other great scores:

2017 Hard Hill Road The Field | 94 points Silver + Special Vale Rating

“A complex wine utilising every variety in the estate vineyard, fermented in one large open fermenter, the varieties added as they ripened, a steady nerve required. It is a blend of 52% shiraz, 22% Riesling, 10% Nebbiolo, 9% Durif, 5% Tannat and 2% viognier. It has a foundation of small forest berry fruits with a savoury overtone.” James Halliday February 2019


2018 Chockstone Pinot Gris | 92 points Silver + Special Value Rating

“A very attractive texture and structure filled with nashi pear, Granny Smith apple, citrus and a carpet of soft acidity.” James Halliday August 2019


To celebrate these scores, we have put together a special pack, available for a limited time only:

2 x 2017 Chockstone Shiraz

2 x 2018 Chockstone Riesling

1 x 2017 Hard Hill Road Mule Variation

1 x 2017 Hard Hill Road Close-Planted Shiraz

$190 in value for just $169 with free freight

Members – if you would like to receive these wines in your allocation next month, just let us know.

Time Posted: 21/08/2019 at 12:11 PM Permalink to 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Results Permalink
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7 July 2019 | ATR Wines

Certificate of Excellence 2019

We are proud to have received a Certificate of Excellence from The Real Review for the second year in a row.

Here is what The Real Review have to say out this certificate:

“We review around 10,000 wines each year and are delighted to see so many wineries producing wines of outstanding quality.

The Real Review Certificate of Excellence is awarded to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine. The Top Wineries list is a national benchmark that shows where your favourite winery is ahead of its peers.

Certificate recipients are determined by a proprietary algorithm, which takes into account the rating and recency of reviews by The Real Review team over the assessment period.”

Time Posted: 07/07/2019 at 9:49 AM Permalink to Certificate of Excellence 2019 Permalink
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20 June 2019 | ATR Wines

Before and After


When you get caught up in day to day life, it’s easy to forget how much we’ve achieved in a relatively short time.

Looking back at the photos of our property when we first purchased it in 2006, when it was sheep grazing land, compared with where we are at today, you can’t help but feel proud.

Time Posted: 20/06/2019 at 3:12 PM Permalink to Before and After Permalink
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20 June 2019 | ATR Wines

The Red Series - Ballarat

The Red Series puts Western Victoria’s finest wines on show during the Ballarat Winter Festival. 

Ballarat will host Western Victoria’s top winemakers and their best wines at The Red Series on July 27 from 1pm – 6pm.

The event, which showcases the Grampians and Pyrenees regions’ finest red wines along with other varietals, is expected to draw a crowd to Ballarat.

The Red Series is a gathering of the very best cellar doors from the Pyrenees and Grampians wine regions, in the one ambient heated indoor space the Mining Exchange, right in the heart of Ballarat and a two minute walk from the train station.

Red Series event-goers will have the opportunity to taste and purchase Shiraz and other wine varieties from 20 wineries.

The Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions, situated on Ballarat’s doorstep, are renowned for more than 150 years of winemaking history, spectacular landscapes, award-winning wines and extremely talented, but down-to-earth winemakers.

The lne-up for 2019 includes:

From the Pyrenees region:
- Dogrock Degraves Road Vineyard
- Blue Pyrenees Estate
- Wimmera Hills Winery
- Dalwhinnie Winery
- Summerfield Winery and Accommodation
- Glenlofty Estate Wines
- Amherst Winery
- Sally's Paddock (Redbank Winery)
- Taltarni Vineyards
- Peerick Wines

And from the Grampians region:
- Grampians Estate
- Clarnette and Ludvigsen wines
- Seppelt Wines
- Mount Langi Ghiran
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- Montara Wines
- Pomonal Estate
- Mountainside Wines
- Fallen Giants Vineyard
- Best's Wines - Great Western

Wine lovers, you do not want miss out on this event! There will be something for everyone including cheese, produce and music entertainment.

Early bird tickets $35 until the 26th July | Price includes souvenir glass and a 6 bottle cloth bag.

Tickets on the door $40 | The Red Series brought to you by Ballarat Volkswagen

Time Posted: 20/06/2019 at 2:41 PM Permalink to The Red Series - Ballarat Permalink
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13 June 2019 | ATR Wines

Mule Variation is "Completely Gorgeous"

“A completely gorgeous nose with dark cherry, pepper, spice, liquorice and clove. The palate is cool and composed with an excellent supple core of dark fruit and bold framing tannin. Beautifully medium-bodied with good savouriness on the close.”

Thanks to the delightful Toni Paterson for the lovely words on our Mule Variation on The Real Review.

Time Posted: 13/06/2019 at 3:07 PM Permalink to Mule Variation is Permalink
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7 June 2019 | ATR Wines

Gourmet Traveller WINE Star Cellar Door Award 2019

We feel so proud to have received this amazing accolade so soon after opening our humble cellar door. 

Thanks Gourmet Traveller WINE!

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Time Posted: 07/06/2019 at 2:53 PM Permalink to Gourmet Traveller WINE Star Cellar Door Award 2019 Permalink
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1 June 2019 | ATR Wines

Chockstone Riesling #1!

#1 2018 Victorian Riesling by Huon Hooke, our 2018 Chockstone Riesling is in Huon’s words “gorgeous”.

95 Points – “Light yellow hue with a dried herb, creamy yeast and dried wildflower bouquet. It's a lovely nose. The palate is likewise attractive, not bone-dry but slightly juicy, with crisp acidity drying the after-palate, the follow-through satisfyingly fruity and harmonious. A gorgeous Riesling.”

Time Posted: 01/06/2019 at 3:00 PM Permalink to Chockstone Riesling #1! Permalink