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A surprise win!

Posted by Eric Semmler on

We were still celebrating the Women in Wine Awards when a courier dropped off a parcel. To our surprise we had won the Best Organic Wine in the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, and we hadn't even known!

We hastily looked up the results: Gold and Trophy for the 919 Pale Dry Apera, and a silver for the 919 2015 Reserve Collection Touriga Nacional. 

Surprise!

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A surprise win!

Posted by Eric Semmler on

We were still celebrating the Women in Wine Awards when a courier dropped off a parcel. To our surprise we had won the Best Organic Wine in the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, and we hadn't even known!

We hastily looked up the results: Gold and Trophy for the 919 Pale Dry Apera, and a silver for the 919 2015 Reserve Collection Touriga Nacional. 

Surprise!

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Australian Women in Wine Awards

Posted by Eric Semmler on

Congratulations Jenny!

Jenny Semmler, co-proprietor of 919 Wines, has won the Owner/Operator of the Year category in the 2016 Women in Wine Awards run by the Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society. These awards seek to acknowledge the achievements of women in the wine industry.

“I wasn't going to enter, however when I was nominated I thought I should try and live up to my nominator's faith in me. I was pretty chuffed to be named a finalist, and happy to stand with the likes of Eliza Brown of all Saints, Sarah Collingwood of Four Winds and and Kim Tyrer of Gaffney. To have won the category is a great honour, and a tiny bit overwhelming."

Kate Strachan, also from the Riverland, was a finalist in the Viticulturalist of the Year category.

Other categories include Winemaker, Viticulturalist, Researcher, Cellar Door Person of the Year, and Workplace Champion of Change, the only category open to both women and men. 

 

Watch the awards presentation here.

 We have asked Jenny to pick her top 6 wines. You can find her favourites here.

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Australian Women in Wine Awards

Posted by Eric Semmler on

Congratulations Jenny!

Jenny Semmler, co-proprietor of 919 Wines, has won the Owner/Operator of the Year category in the 2016 Women in Wine Awards run by the Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society. These awards seek to acknowledge the achievements of women in the wine industry.

“I wasn't going to enter, however when I was nominated I thought I should try and live up to my nominator's faith in me. I was pretty chuffed to be named a finalist, and happy to stand with the likes of Eliza Brown of all Saints, Sarah Collingwood of Four Winds and and Kim Tyrer of Gaffney. To have won the category is a great honour, and a tiny bit overwhelming."

Kate Strachan, also from the Riverland, was a finalist in the Viticulturalist of the Year category.

Other categories include Winemaker, Viticulturalist, Researcher, Cellar Door Person of the Year, and Workplace Champion of Change, the only category open to both women and men. 

 

Watch the awards presentation here.

 We have asked Jenny to pick her top 6 wines. You can find her favourites here.

Read more


New Releases

Posted by Eric Semmler on

Our 2015 Touriga Nacional is now available. This wine was recently featured in the Adelaide Advertiser's Top 100 Wines, and has been selected by Wine Australia to showcase the best of Australian wines in Shanghai for the traders dinner. It was successfully exhibited at the Gems of the Riverland tasting at the London Wine Fair earlier this year.

Touriga Nacional is a lovely complex wine of medium weight and moderate alcohol. It has intense aromas of cherry, spice, cinnamon and smokey small goods with a lingering sweet/sour and savoury finish. The wine benefits from being opened 15-20 minutes before service and may throw a crust from two years of age. We love Touriga Nacional with char-grilled quail, Asian style duck or sticky pork ribs.

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New Releases

Posted by Eric Semmler on

Our 2015 Touriga Nacional is now available. This wine was recently featured in the Adelaide Advertiser's Top 100 Wines, and has been selected by Wine Australia to showcase the best of Australian wines in Shanghai for the traders dinner. It was successfully exhibited at the Gems of the Riverland tasting at the London Wine Fair earlier this year.

Touriga Nacional is a lovely complex wine of medium weight and moderate alcohol. It has intense aromas of cherry, spice, cinnamon and smokey small goods with a lingering sweet/sour and savoury finish. The wine benefits from being opened 15-20 minutes before service and may throw a crust from two years of age. We love Touriga Nacional with char-grilled quail, Asian style duck or sticky pork ribs.

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Three Wise Women, Three Amazing Vineyards

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

27th March (Easter Sunday) Cellar door, 919 Hodges Rd Glossop

Three wine producers in one location!

Join Jenny Semmler, Pam Barich and Val Bassham as we present the organically grown, emerging variety wines from 919 Wines, Whistling Kite Wines and Bassham Wines. 

Entry is FREE, children are welcome. All day, 10am to 5pm.

28th March (Easter Monday) at three locations

Visit the three wise women in their natural habitats.

Jenny Semmler will host wine tastings at 919 Wines, 39 Hodges Rd Glossop.

Pam Barich will host wine tastings at 72 Freundt Rd New Residence. Details here.

Val Bassham will host wine tastings at 29 Bassham Rd Barmera. Details here.

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Three Wise Women, Three Amazing Vineyards

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

27th March (Easter Sunday) Cellar door, 919 Hodges Rd Glossop

Three wine producers in one location!

Join Jenny Semmler, Pam Barich and Val Bassham as we present the organically grown, emerging variety wines from 919 Wines, Whistling Kite Wines and Bassham Wines. 

Entry is FREE, children are welcome. All day, 10am to 5pm.

28th March (Easter Monday) at three locations

Visit the three wise women in their natural habitats.

Jenny Semmler will host wine tastings at 919 Wines, 39 Hodges Rd Glossop.

Pam Barich will host wine tastings at 72 Freundt Rd New Residence. Details here.

Val Bassham will host wine tastings at 29 Bassham Rd Barmera. Details here.

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Brand SA Telstra Small Business Award

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

919 Wines was awarded a Brand SA Telstra Small Business Award on Wednesday night at the Brand SA Regional Awards presentation night. The award was for business excellence for a small company employing fewer than 6 employees, and was judged across business sustainability and growth, innovation, diversification and business risk management. It was particularly noted that the ability to find and service a specialised segment of the market has allowed the business to thrive in what continues to be a very tough wine market. 

“We are especially thrilled to win an award for the business strategy and execution, as this complements the award we received last year for our wine”, said Jenny Semmler,  co-owner of the company. 

“It is more difficult to be recognised for excellent business strategy than it is to make excellent products, as many of the internal workings of the business are invisible to customers and clients. We believe that the synergy between excellent business and excellent products allows us to have a thriving and robust brand.

“We are also pleased that we were a finalist in the PIRSA Wine Award at the same ceremony, and congratulate the winner Banrock Station and finalist Whistling Kite Wines for their performance in this category.”

Eric and Jenny Semmler started the business in 2005, and will be celebrating 919 Wines’  10th birthday on 21st November at their cellar door in Glossop. The celebrations include a barbecue and product samples, and a special retrospective tasting of their wines including the multiply-awarded 2006 Vintage fortified, the 2010 Durif and the Pale Dry Apera. 

This is the second regional award that they have won. In 2014, 919 Wines was awarded the Brand SA PIRSA Wine Award. Recipients of three awards are entered into the Hall of Fame. The awards programme is supported by the SA Minister for Regional Development and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA).

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Brand SA Telstra Small Business Award

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

919 Wines was awarded a Brand SA Telstra Small Business Award on Wednesday night at the Brand SA Regional Awards presentation night. The award was for business excellence for a small company employing fewer than 6 employees, and was judged across business sustainability and growth, innovation, diversification and business risk management. It was particularly noted that the ability to find and service a specialised segment of the market has allowed the business to thrive in what continues to be a very tough wine market. 

“We are especially thrilled to win an award for the business strategy and execution, as this complements the award we received last year for our wine”, said Jenny Semmler,  co-owner of the company. 

“It is more difficult to be recognised for excellent business strategy than it is to make excellent products, as many of the internal workings of the business are invisible to customers and clients. We believe that the synergy between excellent business and excellent products allows us to have a thriving and robust brand.

“We are also pleased that we were a finalist in the PIRSA Wine Award at the same ceremony, and congratulate the winner Banrock Station and finalist Whistling Kite Wines for their performance in this category.”

Eric and Jenny Semmler started the business in 2005, and will be celebrating 919 Wines’  10th birthday on 21st November at their cellar door in Glossop. The celebrations include a barbecue and product samples, and a special retrospective tasting of their wines including the multiply-awarded 2006 Vintage fortified, the 2010 Durif and the Pale Dry Apera. 

This is the second regional award that they have won. In 2014, 919 Wines was awarded the Brand SA PIRSA Wine Award. Recipients of three awards are entered into the Hall of Fame. The awards programme is supported by the SA Minister for Regional Development and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA).

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