Oakridge friend and winemaking colleague Tom Carson’s Serrat vineyard was one of the first Black Saturday casualties in the Yarra Valley. Within hours of the destruction, Tom was inundated with offers of support and help from within the winemaking community with John Ellis, vigneron from Bellvale in Gippsland putting forward such a generous offer that, in the end, was over and above Tom’s requirements. And so the idea of taking those surplus grapes to raise money for the local CFA was born.
After rallying our contacts, every piece of the winemaking puzzle came together with generous donations from barrel makers, label designers and producers, bottling companies and importantly, Langton’s Fine wines, to sell and distribute the finished wine. Read the full story at James Halliday’s Wine Companion.
The Region 13 Pinot Noir is now available through Langton’s website, with all proceeds assisting the Yarra Glen CFA purchase a new tanker. Region 13 honors the tireless work, dedication and bravery of the CFA.