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It's the Queen's Birthday long weekend - the perfect time to share a story of how Tahbilk's wine travelled the high seas to London and arrived just in time for lunch with the Queen!
It was August 1950 when Eric Stevens Purbrick (2nd generation family member and winemaker at Tahbilk) decided to take a trip to London. While he was there visiting a mutual friend, Eric met Sydney F.J Fells whose company, John E Fells & Sons, specialised in importing Australian wines.
Through this connection, Eric managed to sidle Tahbilk wines into the UK market and exported two hogsheads of white wine, which were soon followed by hogsheads of red.
In 1952, John E Fells & Sons’ “Koala” brand of Australian wines included Victorian Claret ~ Chateau Tahbilk Shiraz, and a Victorian Hock ~ Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne.
In the same year, Fells submitted Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne for a Royal occasion and in 1953, it was selected and served at the Heads of Commonwealth luncheon to Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth the Second, a high honour indeed!
Today, Tahbilks' 200 hectares of vineyards include the rare French Rhone Valley whites of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne; and the Rhone reds - Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Vineyard plantings extend back to Tahbilk's founding with original pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines still surviving from 1860.
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