Grape ex­pec­ta­tions: lo­cal wine­maker ready for test against the best

McIvor Times - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID RAK

Some of Mu­nari Wines owner Adrian Mu­nari’s finest drops will be among the more than 220 en­tries at the Saint Martin Heath­cote Wine Show to­mor­row.

We’ve been mak­ing wine for a long time now and we’re still learn­ing — Adrian Mu­nari

TEACHER turned wine­maker Adrian Mu­nari will be look­ing to school the com­pe­ti­tion at this year’s Saint Martin Heath­cote Wine Show.

He hopes to pick up where he left off last year, where he col­lected top hon­ours for his Granache Rose´ and picked up a gold medal for his School­house Red.

This year, Mu­nari Wines will en­ter its 2013 and 2015 Ladies Pass Shi­raz and the 2015 In­dia Red Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon.

It’s a fam­ily af­fair at Mu­nari Wines, with Mr Mu­nari, his wife Deb­o­rah and their chil­dren Beau­re­gard and In­dia all play­ing a part in de­vel­op­ing the award-win­ning brand.

In 1992 Mr Mu­nari and his fam­ily pur­chased the vine­yard near Heath- cote and be­gan their new lives as wine­mak­ers.

And while he has en­joyed ev­ery day of life as a wine­maker, Mr Mu­nari ad­mit­ted switch­ing eraser for e´raflage has been a tough gig.

“It was a steep learn­ing curve,” he said.

“In the be­gin­ning my goal was to grow qual­ity grapes and the wine­mak­ing grew from there.

“We’ve been mak­ing wine for a long time now and we’re still learn­ing.”

Mr Mu­nari said it was his ex­pe­ri­ence with wine­mak­ing as a child that en­cour­aged him to make a ca­reer change.

“I have an Ital­ian back­ground and I watched my grand­fa­ther mak­ing wine. I used to help him as a kid,” he said.

“I got into the bar­rel and helped crush the grapes. That great me­mory has al­ways stayed with me.

“Teach­ing is some­thing I had done for a long time and I loved work­ing out­doors, so I de­cided to take the plunge and give wine­mak­ing a go.

“I al­ways wanted to be my own boss and now I walk 20 me­tres out my door and I’m at work.”

While he’s pleased with the ex­cel­lent feed­back from judges at the show, Mr Mu­nari said the Heath­cote wine re­gion is the show’s big win­ner.

“It’s a re­ally pos­i­tive event that ac­knowl­edges the qual­ity of the wine in our area,” he said.

“It brings peo­ple to the re­gion and re­in­forces the wine cul­ture we have.”

The an­nual St Martin Heath­cote Wine Show kicks off to­mor­row, with judg­ing to take place at the Heath­cote RSL Hall. Pre­sen­ta­tion of tro­phies and awards will be on Fri­day.

Mu­nari Wines owner Adrian Mu­nari is look­ing forward to the Saint Martin Heath­cote Wine Show.

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