Re­ward for wine lovers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - JESSIE TOL­SON

LO­CAL busi­ness Wine Di­vas - Bou­tique Wine Agents has been recog­nised for bring­ing the best drops from bou­tique winer­ies in the south to the trop­i­cal Far North.

Port Dou­glas-based Wine Di­vas par­tic­i­pated in the Cairns Show Wine Awards last week - re­ceiv­ing some amaz­ing feed­back and re­sults.

From their 39 wines sub­mit­ted, a stag­ger­ing 17 re­ceived medals in­clud­ing the gold tro­phy for Best Medium Bod­ied Red Wine with the Luca Vine­yards Vin­rock Scarce Earth Shi­raz 2010.

Hav­ing re­lo­cated from the Barossa Val­ley to Port Dou­glas, Matt and Deb Poole launched their wed­ding plan­ner busi­ness and no­ticed a short­age of fine wines.

Rep­re­sent­ing 11 South Aus­tralian bou­tique winer­ies from Barossa Val­ley, Ade­laide Hills, Clare Val­ley and McLaren Vale, their wine list con­sists of over 40 wines.

“When­ever Deb men­tioned that she was orig­i­nally from the Barossa, clients would be­come ex­cited and ask for us to source some fine wines for their wed­dings,” Matt said.

“We no­ticed a gap in the mar­ket here and as we were ship­ping wine up for our­selves, we de­cided to branch out and create our own wine agent busi­ness to cater for wed­dings and lo­cal restau­rants.”

Wine Di­vas were the sole sup­plier of wines for the Car­ni­vale Club 2012 launch that at­tracted ap­prox­i­mately 450 peo­ple and is work­ing along­side lo­cal restau­rants, cafes and re­sorts to in­tro­duce some mag­nif­i­cent drops to the com­mu­nity.

Port Dou­glas will also be in for a treat when Wine Di­vas hosts a “Cairns Show Wine Awards Medal Win­ning” tast­ing event in the com­ing weeks.

Photo by MCLEAN STE­WART

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Matt and Deb Poole with the win­ning Shi­raz

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