Eden Valley visitors

Suze Angas, and her parents Jan & John, of Hutton Vale Farm, Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia visited us recently at Ballymaloe Cookery School – John & Jan and Suze are 6th & 7th generation respectively of the Angas family to farm at Hutton Vale Farm since 1843. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to welcome Suze back to Ballymaloe during the12-week certificate cookery course to talk to the students at Ballymaloe Cookery School during wine class.

Established in 1843, Hutton Vale Farm is located in the picturesque countryside on the North-Eastern hills of Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia. Homeland to rolling hills and ‘big red gums’, some over 400 years old, with girths too big to wrap your arms around. The farm has produced a wide range of produce since its inception, from fresh and dried fruit, to tobacco, sheep, cattle and grapes. Even ostriches were farmed here 160 years ago for their feathers & leather. Each generation has adapted to the changes of life around them, working hard over the last 170 years to promote and enhance the natural environment of their family farm. Being respectful of the authority of Mother Nature, and aiming for the farm’s produce to capture what the soils and the seasons will allow, has always been at the heart of their philosophy.

Hutton Vale Farm wines are from dry grown old vines. Their ‘old’ block of Shiraz was planted in the 1960s with cuttings taken from the nearby famous Mount Edelstone vineyard (run by their neighbour the Henschke family) which was planted by John Angas’s Grandfather, over 50 years ago.

The Angas family and the Henschke family continue the tradition of multi-generational farming in the Barossa, promoting the region with events such as the Barossa Vintage Festival (of which they are the founding families) and  ‘The Barossa Camino’, a collaborative experience hosted by the Angas and Henschke families taking in the picturesque Mount Edelstone Vineyard, the beautiful landscape and vineyards of Hutton Vale Farm and the iconic Hill of Grace vineyard via a gentle guided walk, wine tasting and lunch.

As sixth and seventh generations of the Angas family they are mindful of their stewardship of Hutton Vale Farm.  Today they run a mixed farming business on the original farm holdings with produce grown in an ethical manner with its origins in healthy soil.

Their approach to caring for their vineyards is simple, respecting mother nature to yield only what the landscape and seasons allow. While they were here with us at the cookery school, we proudly showed them our Irish vines, outside in the gardens and also the indoor vines in the glasshouse. Although the concept of having vines in a glasshouse is a novel approach for our Australian visitors! However they fully appreciated the challenges that the Irish climate presents to ripening grapes sufficiently. Their advice on viticulture was much appreciated and duly noted by us. Watch this space…

Part of the farm at Hiutton Vale Farm is used as a grass airfield with two runways at an elevation of approximately 1200ft. Hutton Vale Farm offers an amazing landscape for you to ‘Fly In Fly Out’. Further information on their website http://www.huttonvale.com/product-category/wine/

The town of Angaston in the Barossa is named after a family ancestor John Fife Angas, who moved to the Barossa in 19th Century. The Barossa was mainly colonised by people from Silesia (part of Prussia back then) who in order to flee religious persecution, approached John Fife Angas and the community then moved together as a community to resettle in The Barossa in South Australia, with the support of John Fife Angas. Their heritage is still very much part of the Barossa to this day.

‘The Barossa’ is made up of The Barossa Valley & the higher altitude Eden Valley where Suze’s family farm and vineyard, Hutton Vale Farm is located. Thanks to Suze for a fantastic insight into the wine, food and culture of the Barossa.

Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

The inaugural international Literary Festival of Food and Wine took place at Ballymaloe House, Grainstore and Cookery School over the May Bank Holiday wekend, 3 – 6 May. A magical weekend was had, with many wine & drinks events, and here are a selection of photographs and some links to write-up on the weekend. We are already looking forward to 2014 Literary Festival!

http://guides.ie/megabites/jancis-robinson-mw-ballymaloe-litfest-leslie-williams

http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tasting_articles/ta20130508.html

http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201305091.html

http://www.corkbilly.com/2013/05/the-ballymaloe-litfest-not-book-just.html

 

Jancis Robinson MW Wine Grapes presentation and tasting at the Literary Festival
Jancis Robinson MW Wine Grapes presentation and tasting at the Literary Festival

 

olm pictured with Jancis Robinson MW at Ballymaloe Literary Festival
olm pictured with Jancis Robinson MW at Ballymaloe Literary Festival
Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery pictured with Bill Yosses, Pastry Chef, The White House
Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery pictured with Bill Yosses, Pastry Chef, The White House

 

Tom Doorley and John Wilson 'Wine & Words'
Tom Doorley and John Wilson ‘Wine & Words’
Peter Corr and Literary Festival wine & drinks crew
Peter Corr and Literary Festival wine & drinks crew

 

Douro - still and fortified with Maurice O'Mahony, Wine Alliance
Douro – still and fortified with Maurice O’Mahony, Wine Alliance

 

Mary Dowey and Pascal Rossignol 'Going Natural - New Trends'
Mary Dowey and Pascal Rossignol ‘Going Natural – New Trends’

 

Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery
Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery

 

Sherry with Leslie Williams, wine writer, the Irish Examiner
Sherry with Leslie Williams, wine writer, the Irish Examiner

 

Rieslings to be Cheerful with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland
Rieslings to be Cheerful with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland
Nick Lander, Joe McNamee, Paul Flynn and Niamh Shields
Nick Lander, Joe McNamee, Paul Flynn and Niamh Shields
Single Pot Still Whiskey from Midleton Distillery matched with Irish Farmhouse Cheese by L Mulligan
Single Pot Still Whiskey from Midleton Distillery matched with Irish Farmhouse Cheese by L Mulligan

 

A Wine Goose Show with Susan Boyle
A Wine Goose Show with Susan Boyle

 

Pierpaolo Rapuzzi, Ronchi di Cialla, Friuli
Pierpaolo Rapuzzi, Ronchi di Cialla, Friuli

 

Penfolds Grange and The Rewards of Patience with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland
Penfolds Grange and The Rewards of Patience with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland
John Wilson, The Irish Times and Juan Gil, Albarino, Rias Baixas
John Wilson, The Irish Times and Juan Gil, Albarino, Rias Baixas

 

Tom Lynch, El Comandante Wines, Mendoza
Tom Lynch, El Comandante Wines, Mendoza
Wine & Literature with John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times
Wine & Literature with John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times

 

 

William O'Callaghan, Longueville Irish Apple Brandy and Cider
William O’Callaghan, Longueville Irish Apple Brandy and Cider
Maurice, Pascal and Geraldine checking the wines for Wine Grapes with Jancis Robinson MW
Maurice, Pascal and Geraldine checking the wines.
Sherry in The Big Shed
Sherry in The Big Shed
Daphne launching the literary festival with Nyetimber
Daphne launching the literary festival with Nyetimber
John Bowman with the box office crew - Nicola, Aoife and Ka
John Bowman with the box office crew – Nicola, Aoife and Ka

 

 

Sacha with delicious Iberico Ham for the Sherry
Sacha with delicious Iberico Ham for the Sherry

 

The Big Shed Fringe at the literary festival
The Big Shed Fringe at the literary festival

 

 

A Margaret River experience in East Cork, September 2012

On 27th September 2012, we welcomed back well known winemaker, David Hohnen, of McHenry Hohnen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia for a wine tasting in The Grain Store at Ballymaloe. We had a number of events planned to co-incide with David’s visit – we were joined by the East Cork Cricket Club for a cricket experience on the lawn at Ballymaloe House, and also memebers of the local Kite-Surfers put on a display and demonstration – before returning to the Grain Store for David’s wine presentation & tasting on his wines from McHenry Hohnen – all followed by Ted Berner’s Wildside Cooking ‘fire-cooking’ Harvest Supper. Also see Muray Hohnen’s recent visit to Ballymaloe here

The East Cork Cricket Club at Ballymaloe House
The East Cork Cricket Club at Ballymaloe House

Its a long way from Clare to here…

It’s a long way from Clare to here …. ‘A Taste of Clare in East Cork’
was held recently in Ballymaloe, with winemaker Dave Palmer, Skillogalee Wines, Clare Valley, South Australia
& Artisan food producers from Co. Clare, Ireland,  Birgitta Curtin of The Burren Smokehouse and Siobhán Ni Ghairbhith,  of St.Tola Goats Cheese

Dave Palmer, Skillogalee
Dave Palmer, Skillogalee
Skillogalee winery
Skillogalee winery
Birgitta of Burren Smokehouse
Birgitta of Burren Smokehouse
Burren Smokehouse Co. Clare
Burren Smokehouse Co. Clare
St Tola
St Tola
St Tola cheese
St Tola cheese

logo St Tola Goats Cheese

St Tola goats
St Tola goats

Skillogalee is a family-owned, highly acclaimed, boutique winery set amongst wooded hills in the picturesque Clare Valley, in South Australia.‘Our favourite South Australian winery’ Lonely Planet
‘Australian Top 100’ – Matthew Jukes

McHenry Hohnen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia

Visiting the school recently were Murray & Chaise McHenry of McHenry Hohnen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia. Murray also, along with David Hohnen, was responsible for starting Cape Mentelle Wine, Margaret River in the early 1970’s, and subsequently, Cloudy Bay Wine, in Marlborough, New Zealand. Murray spoke to the students about McHenry Hohnen Wines, and Margaret River, which is a really beautiful part of the world, and also the lovely café they run overlooking the ocean, and their wine bar, ‘Steves’, in Perth. Pictured with Murray & Chaise at Ballymaloe, are Anthony Tindal and Pascal Playon of Tindal Wine Merchants. We are looking forward to also welcoming back to Ballymaloe, David Hohnen, for our McHenry Hohnen Margaret River event in East Cork, on 27th September 2012 – more details here and along with a great wine tatsing from a super winemaker, we will also have a number of events that day as well, including surfing in Ballycotton Bay and a cricket experience on the lawn at Ballymaloe with the East Cork Cricket Club, pictured below – finishing with Ted Berner’s Wildside Catering ‘Fire Cooking’ Harvest Supper – bringing Margaret River to East Cork!

McHenry Hohnen Wines

East Cork Cricket Club at Ballymaloe

Riesling

In Association with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland, Ballymaloe hosted a Riesling Revolution  – a wine tatsing with three winemakers from great Riesling producing areas – Carl Ehrhard, Rheingau, Germany, Severine Schlumberger, Alsace, France and Tim Adams, Clare Valley, South Australia – and we had over 140 people turn up in Ballymaloe for this amazing Riesling tasting – Riesling Rocks! A video clip of the event can be viewed here and also see Billy Lyons blog here

Riesling event

Riesling at the Grainstore

At the Riesling event

In the cellar

 

Cork man winemaking in The Barossa

John Quinlan, from Shanagarry, Co. Cork, and wine & bar man at Ballymaloe, is presently in The Barossa, South Australia learning all about making wine – who knows, with John’s new found expertise, there might well be a Chateau Shanagarry in the future! John is working in Thorn Clarke winery in The Barossa – pictured below in the middle of harvest.

John Quinlan at Thorn Clark
John Quinlan at Thorn Clarke

We wish John a busy and sucessful vintage, and no doubt John will also take the opportunity to catch up with many of the famous names in the Barossa Valley, and beyond, whom he met during their visits to Ballymaloe over the years, along with everything from the Wine Australia presentations and tasting by John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland, who is a regular guest wine lecturer at Ballymaloe Cookery School. See Yalumba’s Jane Ferrari visit to Ballymaloe here, and Turkey Flat’s Christie Schultz visit to Ballymaloe here (also mentioned in today’s Irish Times wine column, on The Barossa, by John Wilson).

 

Pfeiffer Wines, Rutherglen

Delighted to welcome to Ballymaloe, Chris and Robyn Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Wines, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, pictured here taking some time out of their busy schedule, and ahead of a very special tasting in Cork city on Tuesday 6th December.

Pfeiffer wines
Chris & Robyn Pfeiffer at Ballymaloe

Chris gave a terrific presentation & tasting on Australia’s Sweet & Fortified Wines in Cork City’s Hayfield Manor Hotel, with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland (John is well known to all here, as a regular guest wine speaker at Ballymaloe Cookery School). The event was held at Hayfield Manor where the Sommelier is Sandra Biret-Crowley. Our thanks to Sandra and all at Hayfield, and to Chris & Robyn Pfeiffer, and John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland, for another great wine event. Some photos of the evening –

Samuel, Sandra and Billy
Samuel, Sandra and Billy

Pictured above with Ballymaloe’s Samuel Chantoiseau, is Sandra Biret-Crowley, Sommelier, Hayfield Manor and Billy Lyons (see Billy’s article about this great event, on his blog ‘Restaurants and Food in Cork’ here)

The line-up
The line-up

 

Samuel, Chris, and Colm
Samuel, Chris, and Colm

 

Wine Australia

John McDonnell, Wine Australia.

Delighted as always, to welcome back regular guest wine lecturer, John McDonnell, Manager  Wine Australia Ireland – and the students were treated to a masterclass on Australian wine by John.

John and Joe

Pictured in the hall at the cookery school, are John McDonnell, Wine Australia and Joe Cronin, Ballymaloe (Joe is 60 years working at Ballymaloe this month)

John, Darina and Malachy

Pictured: John McDonnell, Darina Allen and Malachy McKenna

Wines we showed included:

Petaluma Croser, Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, 2006

Cape Mentelle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Western Australia 2008 (Robert Mann, Estate directer, visited Ballymaloe, May 2009)

Turkey Flat
‘Butcher’s Block’, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2010 (Christie Schultz, owner, Turkey Flat visited Ballymaloe, May 2011)

Skillogalee Cabernet Malbec Rosé, Clare Valley, South Australia 2010 (Dave and Di Palmer, owners, Skillogalee, visited Ballymaloe, September 2011)

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet/Merlot, Margaret River, Western Australia 2009 (David Hohnen visited Ballymaloe, October 2011)

Tim Adams
Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia (Tim Adams visited Cork, September 2011. Billy Lyons, ‘Restaurants and Food in Cork’ Blog here on Tim’s visit to Cork)

Wine Australia presentation

Pictured: John in the demo room with the students for the Wine Australia presentation.

For more information on Australian wine www.apluswines.com and www.wineaustralia.com

Jane Ferrari, Yalumba, The Barossa

Jane Ferrari’s visit to Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School

Guest author of this blog: John Quinlan, Ballymaloe

Yalumba winery
Yalumba winery

On Thursday 29th of September I was delighted to meet with Jane Ferrari, the wine ambassador of Yalumba which is located in The Barossa in South Australia., and have lunch with Jane in the Ballymaloe Cookery School earlier in the afternoon. Over lunch, Jane met with ‘’ Famous Auntie Florence’’ (see Jane’s blog here about Aunty Florence here ) and fellow Ballymaloe Sommelier and wine tutor Colm McCan. We had a really interesting conversation about Yalumba and The Barossa as I heading to The Barossa in 2012 to get work experience in the wine industry.

Jane Ferrari at Ballymaloe Cookery School
Jane and Darina talking to the students

After lunch we went to the Afternoon Demo in which  Darina Allen was teaching, and Darina very kindly took some time out of the busy afternoon cooking schedule, and welcomed and introduced Jane to all the students. Pictured below is Jane and Darina with all the students getting a talk from Jane about the region and history of Yalumba and The Barossa. She spoke about the food, heritage and wines of her region which was really interesting. Our thanks to Kieran Coady and Aonghus Walsh from Cassidy Wine Merchants for arranging the visit of Jane Ferrari to Ballymaloe)

The Grain Store

All set for Jane’s talk in The Grain Store, Ballymaloe

Later that afternoon we attended a wine tasting of a very interesting selection of some of the different wines from Yalumba. (also see Billy Lyons ‘Restaurants and Food in Cork’  great blog and line-up of wines here about this Yalumba event at Ballymaloe with Jane Ferrari).  I picked up some very interesting information on  the wines.

Janes talk in the Grain Store
Jane's talk in The Grain Store

Jane gave a fantastic presentation and tasting – she got a standing ovation at the end (first time ever this has happened at a wine talk in Ballymaloe – well done Jane), and also mentioned her enjoyment and love of all things Sporting, especially Rugby and Horse Racing (two things Ireland excel at – come on Ireland in the Rugby World Cup), and Jane is a fan of local rugby hero, Corkman Ronan O’Gara (Munster and Ireland)

Jane and the Cassidy Team
Jane with Rebecca (The Grain Store), Kieran and Aonghus (Cassidy Wine Merchants)

Jane also spoke about her background – growing up in Alice Springs with her Italian background – she remembers having wine on Sunday as a young person – with a drop or lemonade or water added to it! All part of life in the good old days. She had the room in knots of laughter when she compared Viognier to Paris Hillton – ‘constantly needs lots of attention’ and compared Grenache to George Clooney – ‘turns up well dressed and well mannered all the time!’

John Quinlan

John Quinlan, Ballymaloe

John Quinlan, author of this blog on Jane Ferrari’s visit to Ballymaloe,  pictured here at another recent very interesting event at Ballymaloe Cookery School (in the middle of the glasshouse at the Ballymaloe Cookery School – ‘Outstanding in the Field’ – a concept where 100 people have dinner at one long table ‘outstanding in the field’ – as close as possible to the source of the ingredients for the dinner-  see Ballymaloe’s Colm McCan wine blog on this event here  the blog of The Irish Country Houses and Restaurants Association ‘The Blue Book’.

Colm, JR, Samuel and Jo
Colm, JR, Samuel and Jo

Jane also hosted a great wine dinner that evening in Ballymaloe – pictured are JR Ryall, Pastry Chef, Ballymaloe House, with Jo, Chef, and Colm, Samuel, and John (taking the photo!) at Ballymaloe working (hard at work – someone had to do it!) on matching the Yalumba Botrytis Viognier to a desset by JR – we matched it with Raspberry Almond Tartlet, Creme Brulee and Autumn Raspberry Ice-cream – delicious!