Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on!
Listen in as award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson interviews the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking, distilling and mixology, along with sommeliers, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones.
McWilliam's Wines aftermath: Introducing the new owners
Season 6 of the Drinks Adventures podcast featured a documentary episode on https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/09/mcwilliams-wines-concludes-143-years-of-family-ownership-s6e4/ (The Rise and Fall of McWilliam's Wines).
There are some loose ends for us to tie up, as the 143-year-old company's anticipated sale to Prcstnt Asset Management https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/12/10/mcwilliams-wines-sale-falls-over/ (ultimately fell over).
In this episode, you’ll meet the winery’s new owner, Calabria Family Wines, which was established in the Riverina in 1945 by Italian immigrants Francesco and Elisabeth Calabria, and is today led by second generation family member, Bill Calabria AM.
Bill is still on the winemaking team today, and he joins us this episode along with his sons Andrew Calabria, the company’s sales and marketing manager, and Michael Calabria, general manager.
The year 2022 was pivotal for Calabria, as the company acquired the McWilliam’s Wines brand and Hanwood Winery along with Deakin Estate and La La Land Wines, cementing it among the largest family-owned wine groups in Australia.
Vintners and Co. Merchants is the new distribution arm of the company representing Calabria Family Wines’ international distribution partnerships and https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/08/01/fontanafredda-barolo-partners-with-calabrias-vintners-co-merchants/ (includes the Italian brands Fontanafredda), Canti and Librandi, prestigious Portugal port house Dow’s, Argentinian winery Dona Paula, and renowned French champagne producer Champagne Deutz.
“We have rapidly expanded from a single producer-owned and operated wine company to a wine group housing some of Australia’s best-loved wine brands and a selection of diverse international wine distribution partnerships," Andrew Calabria said in a statement.
The new brands and products will be serviced by the Calabria Family Wine Group sales team, which has added seven new members, mainly from McWilliam’s Wines.
Calabria also appointed sixth generation family member, Scott McWilliam, as global brand ambassador for the McWilliam's brand.
And first up this episode, I asked Scott what had happened since that supposed 2020 sale of McWilliam's, which seemed like a done deal.
Beer style trends, with Zytho Brewing and Kirrily Waldhorn
On the 16th annual International Beer Day, Zytho Brewing presents this conversation with Kirrily Waldhorn on the hottest beer style trends in Australia today.
Chris Malcolm, founder Hidden Lake Whisky
Former Australian Whisky Holdings CEO Chris Malcolm discusses Hidden Lake Whisky, his new joint venture with ASX-listed craft beverages accelerator Mighty Craft.
Investing in drinks companies, with Equity Mates Podcast
Should you put your money where your mouth is and buy into your favourite drinks company? Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan from Equity Mates discuss the landscape for investing in breweries, wineries and distilleries.
Lark Whisky 30th Anniversary Special
Lark Distillery celebrated its 30th anniversary on Thursday May 26, 2022 in a gala event at its new site in Pontville, Tasmania. This special episode presents exclusive highlights, while we also spend some time with founder Bill Lark.
Essential Scotch whiskies: Glendronach, Benriach & Glenglassaugh
We explore three unique Scotch whisky distilleries - Glendronach, Benriach & Glenglassaugh - with global brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan.
Seriously impressive content
I love the passion and knowledge that James displays in every episode of this podcast. The content is presented in a really accessible way - good length of interviews, great guests and just the right amount of background info for it all to make sense!
Hats off to James for a great show and for the support shown to the industry.
Best drinks podcast
Drinks adventures is my favourite drinks podcast. James really knows the industry and his product knowledge is vast. Most entertaining. Well done 🥂🍷🍻
Excellent Australian content, community building
I’m really delighted to listen to so much eye opening background on product I’ve enjoyed over the years. It rounds out the enjoyment of the drinks discussed and brings to light (new and old) ones I’d never have discovered.