I love it when someone wants to write a wine guest post. Stefano Lubiana Wines is a Tasmanian Wine that sounds delightful. It all started when Kathy Clubb sent a request asking if I would be interested in her guest posting on my site. We sent stuff back and forth and voila here it is. I met Kathy Clubb through Blogging Your Passion University. Kathy lives in Tasmania, Australia, with ten of her fourteen children. She runs an Etsy shop and blogs about beauty, faith and family. Kathy likes classical music, art, and the occasional glass of wine. She is my kind of gal. So take it away Kathy.
Stefano Lubiana Wines
Hi Everyone, I would love to introduce you to Stefano Lubiana Wines.
Steve is a fifth-generation winemaker; his father came to Australia from Italy. This Italian heritage is evident in the design of their home – a beautifully reproduced Tuscan villa. This is also evident in their stunning new visitor centre which nestles into the landscape; a harmony of sandstone, glass and rendered brickwork. As Monique pointed out, owning a vineyard is a lot of people’s dream lifestyle, and the visitor centre gives ordinary wine-lovers a chance to experience that lifestyle for an afternoon.
Tasmania is famous for its pinot noirs, and the Lubiana’s have enjoyed Australia-wide, and even international success with this wine, which is also my particular favourite. About 50% of their vineyard is devoted to that variety, but they also produce several other varieties, including Chardonnay, which is blended with Pinot Noir for their very special sparkling wine.
Steve and Monique have been in conversion to biodynamic viticulture for several years now, and this year released the first vintage certified to carry an ‘organic’ label. Believe it or not, I could actually taste a difference between the biodynamic wine and their previous version made with conventional techniques. Steve also uses an xflow filter. This has a ceramic plate to filter sediment from his wines – a great bonus for those people with food allergies who can’t tolerate the traditional additives of isinglass (shellfish) or egg.
The Lubiana’s believe that biodynamic wine has greater health benefits than its mainstream counterpart, and I was reminded of the medieval monks’ high regard for the medicinal value of wine. It’s their hope that every bottle of their wine will bring joy and enhance friendships.
I left with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and a huge bunch of freshly-picked biodynamic asparagus, which made a wonderful combination at dinner that night: oven-roasted asparagus, served with jalapeno bread and a dollop of aioli. It was simple and light and perfect with a glass of Stefano Lubiana wine.
For more about Stefano Lubiana Wines, visit their website. You can download their story that also features their Kindle book, “The Future Makers.”
Thank you, Kathy. I look forward to trying this wine when I have an opportunity.
Time for a glass…