Starting Your Vintage Wine Collection

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Bec Lawrence
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Image by  Zee and Cee Studio via Blake and Bec’s Romantic Winery Wedding

If you’re anything like us, big moments can make you a little sentimental and it’s nice to have something that helps you reflect on those happy memories. And, if you’re a wine lover itching to start your collection, your wedding might be the perfect reason. Why not kick it off with a bottle commemorating your big day?

Pair this with a trip to two of our favourite wineries (Audrey Wilkinson and Tahbilk) for your honeymoon and the fun really begins. We’ve also included some tips on how to build your collection that will help you as you explore these wineries, as well as others around Australia.

Audrey Wilkinson

To get your new hobby of wine collecting off to the best start, why not spend the weekend at one of the three guest cottages on offer at Audrey Wilkinson? Audrey Wilkinson is proudly one of the oldest wineries in the Hunter Valley region having been established in 1866; and it’s here that you can truly unwind making the most of the 360 degree views of the Hunter Valley. During your stay not only can you experience the cellar door but you could also enjoy a Fortified and Fromage Experience, winery tour or a picnic among the vines.

Image via Audrey Wilkinson

Tahbilk Winery

Located in the Nagambie Lakes Region of central Victoria, Tahbilk was established in 1860 and is one of Australia’s most beautiful historic wineries. Not only can you book in to try some of the wineries delicious food and experience the cellar door, you can also book in advance a range of other activities to really make your visit a memorable one. Try your hand at learning the art of wine making and learn the tricks of the trade or, unwind with a long lunch followed by a tour of the wetlands, there’s an activity for every type of couple so make sure you book ahead and make the most of your experience.

Images via Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes

And, of course, the tips you’ve been waiting for…

Select a wine that won’t date
Carefully consider the wine you want to mark this special day. You want something that in 10 years’ time you’d still enjoy drinking and not turn your nose up when you finally crack open the bottle. The 1927 Vines Marsanne from Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes is perfect in this instance and has been crafted to be enjoyed for over 30 years.

Image via Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes

Stick with the classics
A safe bet but one that will pay off. Sticking to the classics and most popular wines will mean less risk than with a newer variety you’d like to experiment aging. We’d recommend aging wines like the ever-popular, The Lake, The Ridge or Oakdale Chard from Audrey Wilkinson.

Image via Audrey Wilkinson

Screw cap lid
Look for a wine with a screw cap, they are said to age the best and you can store them both standing up or laying down.

Set a reminder
Don’t forget if you’re looking for a wine to commemorate your wedding day you might have to wait a few years before drinking it. Australian vintage wines need to age for at least five years (depending on the type of wine you purchase) before the flavour will be at its best.

Invest in a cellar
Your wine needs to be stored appropriately or you risk the flavour. Consider how you can store your wine in a cool, dark area and keep it at a consistent temperature. If you’re in this hobby for the long-haul it’s worth investing in a cellar.

Keep records
If you’re thinking you might one day make a dollar or two off your wine then ensure you keep every piece of documentation including the original purchase receipt, the business card of where you made the purchase and any details that make your bottle unique.

Ms Floral Says: What a wonderful way to spend your honeymoon… exploring brilliant wineries and purchasing bottles for a prized collection. The tips are also really handy for those wanting to start a sentimental collection or even wedding guests wanting to source a meaningful gift. Thanks Bec!

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.

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