Wolf Blass Wines celebrates 50 years with exclusive tasting
Chief Winemaker Chris Hatcher in Dublin to celebrate a half century of Wolf Blass, with a tasting of wines going back to 1979
25 August 2016
Chris Hatcher, the long-serving chief winemaker for Wolf Blass wines, recently marked 50 years since the founding of the winery in 1966 with a rare and exclusive tasting in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel.
The wines tasted were historic vintages of their famous Black Label, chosen to highlight the wine’s 40th vintage, another landmark celebration for the company this year. Black Label is Wolf Blass’s historic and iconic blend that is the only wine to win the distinguished Jimmy Watson Trophy an unequalled four times.
Finally Chris was also in Ireland to celebrate Wolf Blass wines’ recent announcement as International Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London, their third such win of this prestigious award.
The Wolf Blass Black Label ‘vertical tasting’ offered the select guests the rare chance to taste an incredible 37 years of one of Australia’s most famous wines.
The company’s founder Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass was born in 1934 and began studying Champagne techniques in France in 1957; in 1959 he moved to England to study the art of blending before moving to the Barossa Valley in 1961. There, a mere five years later in 1966, he established Wolf Blass Wines with barely a tin shed to his name. And the rest, as they say, is history. An illustrious history, no less, which has seen Wolf Blass wines go on to win over 9,000 awards.