In this episode we visit Bidgeebong Winery in Wagga Wagga, central NSW, Australia to see how wine is made in large scale. Technically part of the Riverina region, it has more in common with Gundagai and Tumbarumba. We are shown through the facilities by the wine maker, Andrew Birk. A must watch Ep if you want to know how wine gets from vine to the bottle.
Bidgeebong has a mobile bottler come in to do their bottling, so unfortunately we could not compare the bottling process here to that of the Silos Estate bottling in an earlier episode. We will try and find a mobile bottler at some point to show the different approaches to the different scales of production.
We would like to thank the Bidgeebong guys for showing us their place and allowing us a tasting of their full range of wines. I highly recommend their Icon series. If you can get your hands on the Icon Shiraz 2005 you will NOT be disappointed. It is a beautiful full bodied shiraz with great complexity and lush, long palette. Halliday gave it 95 and we give it 2 thumbs up and a BUY recommendation.
Check them out at www.bidgeebong.com.au