Bistro Blackwood is a quintessential Australian bistro. Jock Zonfrillo invites a roster of his winemaker friends into the Bistro to show off their drops and chat about their practice and philosophy with customers.
This week, Jock has invited Sue Bell, winemaker, director, and gardener of Bellwether, to join us as the Winemaker Waiter.
Sue didn’t set out in life to be a winemaker, but her love of geology, soils, and hydrology let her to change her engineering studies to an Oenology major with postgraduate studies in Viticulture. Since then, Sue’s passion and expertise is in studying and making wine and cultivating grapes.
Sue has worked with some of the most prestigious wineries in the world, where she learned even more than her education could give her. She’s worked with grapes in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania. Outside of Australia, she’s had the fortune to work with vintages in California and Bordeaux.
After leaving the safety of a corporate life as senior winemaker at one of the world’s largest wine companies, Sue decided to stay in Coonawarra. Here, she purchased the historic 1868 Glen Roy Shearing Shed and began renovations. Now, that site is the location of Bellwether.
At Bellwether, Sue put the budgets and fancy equipment in her past, instead crafting small parcels of wine. She does this by hand with minimal equipment. She uses grapes from Coonawarra, but also from Relbia near Launceston, the Chalmers family vineyard at Heathcote, and other prime grape locations throughout the area.
Bellwether produces a variety of boutique wines using the diverse assortment of grapes that Sue carefully selects. Among them are those we will be featuring at the Winemaker Waiter event: Bianco d’Alessano 2017, Tempranillo 2017, Vermentino 2015, and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.
Sue’s Bellwether wines have won several medals and trophies. She was the 2014 Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology Winemaker of the Year, and she graduated from the Australian Rural Leadership program.
Sue’s fascination with wine, and the passion she exudes as she talks about her craft, are sure to make for a lively and educational evening. She is always happy to discuss her winery and the wines it produces, and she is excited to join us at Bistro Blackwood. We’ll talk with her about Bellwether’s award-winning wines as we taste a few of them with her.
Secure a table now to meet Sue, enjoy fine Bistro Blackwood dining, and sample carefully selected Bellwether wines this Thursday on Rundle Street. This intimate event will help you learn more about Australia’s wines, wineries, and winemakers.
Experience the magic of Jock Zonfrillo’s seasonal menu at South Australia’s Hottest Restaurant of 2018. You don’t need a ticket, but you do need to book a table in advance. Come along and sample exceptional Bistro Blackwood food and Bellwether wines this Thursday, October 25th at 6 pm.