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We founded Ainsworth & Snelson back in 2001. We shared a vision, which was to make ‘handcrafted wines of true regional expression” This was as a result of Brett’s lengthy experiences, touring and working in vineyards of Europe and Latin America – an education in understanding the style of wines produced from different regions, developed within a tradition which produces wines with elegance, restraint and balance. This education has had a huge impact in his winemaking techniques, bringing together old world elegance with the richness and opulence of Australian fruit.

We both love wine and share enormous passion in exploring them. For us, it’s not about the obvious choices, but rather working that much harder to produce elegant wines which WE love to drink, striving to do nothing other than make the best possible wine we can from these classic grapes.

How we make our wine

We think that what makes us stand out is our belief in the concept of “Australian terroir”. Just like the old world, Australia has incredible geographical diversity, which allows the optimum interplay between climate, soil and terrain.

Our wines display the unique characteristics of the region and personality of each vintage whilst keeping true to the integrity of the grape variety. We use traditional winemaking techniques with emphasis on expression and balance.

And, as we believe in the rare harmony found between certain regions and varietals, have composed a range of quintessential regional classics:

. Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

. Barossa Valley Shiraz

. Yarra Valley Chardonnay

. Clare Valley Riesling (first release Nov. 05)

We love the fact that they are all different, and will continue to be as we allow the personality each year to be brought into the wine.

We were delighted that our inspiration has been acknowledged by a significant number of accolades and awards.


The authoritative Australian wine writer James Halliday has rated us as a 5-star winery.

 

     





This means:
Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality and did so this year

A Unique Partnership

The elements conspired to bring two people together from different sides of the world that shared a passion about great wines, and wanted to create their own.

Gregg has spent many years in the international wine & spirits business, working for famous names in wines and spirits worldwide. This included a stint in France working at Moët & Chandon and spells at Diageo and Allied Domecq.

After 12 years in Exercise Physiology, Brett followed his true passion: the making of wine. Lengthy experiences across Europe, Latin America and Australia allowed him to hone his craft to the extent that he was confident enough to develop his own wines. He extends his experience every year, with an annual pilgrimage to various old world vineyards.


Some of our Awards & Ratings
VINTAGE
WINE
AWARD/RATING
2006
Clare Valley Riesling

James Halliday 94/100, 5 Stars

“Glowing green-straw; voluminousaromas and flavours of lime and tropical fruit without losing focus or brightness; fabuolous drink now (or later) ”.

2005
Clare Valley Riesling

James Halliday 93/100, 4.5 Stars

“Flowery perfumed blossom aromas; the palate opens with generous lime and passionfruit, then moves to delicious lemony acidity on the finish”

2005
Clare Valley Riesling

James Halliday 93/100, 4.5 Stars

“Flowery perfumed blossom aromas; the palate opens with generous lime and passionfruit, then moves to delicious lemony acidity on the finish”

2004
Barossa Valley Shiraz

James Halliday 94/100, 5 Stars

" Bursting with traditional Brossa Valley black fruits with underlying nuances of licorice; good tannin and structure; carries its alcohol with ablomb".

2004
Yarra Valley Chardonnnay

James Halliday 93/100, 4.5 Stars

"Elegant style; bracing minerally acidity runs through the palate from start to finish; a touch of French oak adds to complexity”.

   

Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2005/06

Rated 4.5 glasses (out of 5) (= "a marvellous wine that is so close to the top it almost doesn't matter"

2003
Barossa Valley Shiraz

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

Best in Class

2003
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

James Halliday 90/100, 4 Stars

“Light-to-medium bodied; pleasantly soft and spicy fruit, aided by silky tannins, provides good mouthfeel”.


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Contact Us:
Get in touch via:
E: brett.snelson@ainsworthandsnelson.com

M:+61419 384 317
 
 
Brett In France


People often say that our wines remind them of classic ‘old world’ wines. That was probably inevitable given our influences.

Gregg worked in Epernay, in the heart of Champagne in the 1990’s and Brett has cemented his love of all things French in recent years by working in Roussillon on dry climate grapes such as Grenache and Carignan, at the highly regarded ‘Domain de La Pertuisane’.

Brett says “It’s an Australian winemaker’s dream to work in the heartland of Old World wine especially at a place where Old World sensibilities and New World vigour are being combined so effectively. It’s like what we do at A&S but coming from the opposite direction!"

Brett is extending his French experience even further this year by working at Chateau Rigaud, in the famed Puisseguin district of St Emillion in Bordeaux.

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