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Tizzana Winery – Peter Auld

Peter’s background is as an industrial chemist, but a diversification in career saw him return to University (Charles Sturt University – Wagga Wagga) in 1980 to study viticulture and winemaking.
A vineyard was planted just out of Windsor at Ebenezer on the original land that Dr Thomas Fiaschi had planted his famous Tizzana Winery 100 years earlier,
Peter and his wife Carolyn had purchased the derelict and burnt out sandstone shell of Fiaschi’s winery back in 1968 and had lovingly restored the cellar to its former glory as a working winery and residence.
Tizzana now has 5 acres of grapevines and 8 acres of Olive trees, and other Ebenezer vineyards also grow grapes for processing in our cellar. However, crushing only 20-30 tonnes of grapes each year means it at the small end of boutique cellar doors.
The winemaking style that Peter has adopted is for minimal intervention with the winemaking process, allowing the unique characteristics of the grapes to shine through.
Growing grapes in the Sydney Basin can be quite challenging, especially due to the high humidity and wet summers. However the light sandy loams, our special geographic location surrounded by hills and uncompromising winemaking practices means that our wines reflect this special area.
The grapevines planted at Tizzana are largely non main-stream varieties. Varieties such as Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Aleatico are supplemented with other Ebenezer grown varieties such as Semillon and more recently Vermentino. The grapes are all hand-picked, processed in our winery and carefully crafted into unique varietal and blended table wines and a full range of fortified wine styles
A range of wines will be available at the Arcadian Artist’s trail for tasting.
Additionally local produce is processed into a range of wine jellies, jams and chutneys (ideal for gifts) and these will be available at our stand.

Tizzana – Awards

2009

BRONZE MEDAL – in the 2009 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Rosé Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2008 Ambrose

BRONZE MEDAL – in the 2009 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Blended Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Clarissa

BRONZE MEDAL – in the 2009 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Blended Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2007 Clarissa

BRONZE MEDAL – in the 2009 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Fortified Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards Sackville Tawny
2008

BEST WINE OF THE SHOW / RIBBON & GOLD MEDAL – in the 2008 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show – Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Kirwans Retreat

WINNER OF THE CHARLIE BROS WINE PRIZE – in the 2008 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show -Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Kirwans Retreat

GOLD MEDAL – in the 2008 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Red Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Kirwans Retreat

BRONZE MEDAL – in the 2008 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Rosé Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2007 Ambrose
2007

GOLD MEDAL – in the 2007 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Rosé Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Ambrose

GOLD MEDAL – in the 2007 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Red Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Tomasso

SILVER MEDAL – in the 2007 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Red Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2006 Waterloo

SILVER MEDAL – in the 2007 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Red Table Wine Section -Tizzana Vineyards 2005 Clarissa
2006

NSW State Winner of the Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association (HMAA) Accommodation Industry Awards For Excellence for “B&B 4-5 Stars”

GOLD MEDAL – (18.8/20.0 point average) in the 2006 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2003 Shiraz (Orange Region)

BRONZE MEDAL – (15.5/20.0 point average) in the 2006 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2004 Kirwan’s Retreat
2005

SILVER MEDAL – (17.0/20.0 point average) in the 2005 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Fortified Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2004 Vintage Port

BRONZE MEDAL – (15.5/20.0 point average) in the 2005 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2003 Clarissa
2002

Winner of the Western Sydney Industry Awards for Tourism for the “Most outstanding contribution to Western Sydney Tourism by a small business”

Winner of the Western Sydney Industry Awards for Excellence in Tourism for “Tourism Wineries”

Highly Commended in the Western Sydney Industry Awards for Excellence in Tourism for “Hosted Accommodation”

GOLD MEDAL – (18.5/20.0 point average) in the 2002 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2000 Clarissa

GOLD MEDAL – (18.7/20.0 point average) in the 2002 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Dry Red Table Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2000 Waterloo

BRONZE MEDAL – (16.5/20.0 point average) in the 2002 Hawkesbury District Agricultural Show, Desert Wine Section – Tizzana Vineyards 2000 Vintage Port
2001

Winner of the Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards in the category of “Conservation, Individuals”

Winner of the Western Sydney Industry Awards for Agribusiness for the “Development and manufacture of agribusiness related systems, products, technology or services produced or manufactured in Western Sydney”

Highly Commended in the Western Sydney Industry Awards for Agribusiness for the “Most outstanding agribusiness contribution by a small or medium size enterprise”
2000

Winner of the Inaugural Bed & Breakfast Council of NSW Inc. 2000 Accommodation Guide Launch Award for the Best Breakfast Dish Recipe

Tizzana Winery

A touch of Tuscany on the banks of the Hawkesbury River

Tizzana Winery – A Brief History

“It was not without hesitation that I accepted your Secretary’s kind request to deliver you a lecture, and the only subject that I could think of, new to you and familiar to me, was wine. To avoid misunderstanding, I tell you frankly that I consider the temporate use of wine a valuable support to the healthy man in this thorny path of life, and that the judicious use of it has proved itself to me of incalculable benefit in the treatment of the sick and convalescent.”

So began, on June 27th, 1906 Dr Thomas Fiaschi’s lecture to the members of the Australian Trained Nurses Association. All of those present knew just how well qualified he was to make such remarks. Thomas Henry Fiaschi was born in Florence in 1853 and received his education at the Universities of Pisa and Florence. At the age of 22 he migrated to Australia and proceeded to build a reputation as an outstanding surgeon. He came to Windsor in 1876, where he commenced a medical practice in Thompsons Square and surgeon at Hawkesbury Hospital where he introduced Listerian Surgery into Australia. Fiaschi’s Windsor practice continued for about seven years until his appointment as Consulting Honorary Surgeon to Sydney Hospital and Examiner in Clinical Surgery at Sydney University. Always keenly interested in military matters, Fiaschi joined the NSW Army Medical Corps in 1891 and in 1896 went to Abyssinia with the Italian Army. From 1896 to 1900 he was in charge of the NSW No 1 Field Hospital in South Africa for which he received a D.S.O. He later served with distinction in the Great War with Australian and Italian forces in the ranks of Colonel and General. In addition to the vast amount of surgical work which he was able to get through, he was a leading authority on viticulture and planted vineyards on the Hawkesbury (1882) and Mudgee (1920). He was president of the NSW Wine Association and a member of the Royal Agricultural Society. It was during his early years at Windsor that Fiaschi first showed his interest in viticulture. In 1882 he purchased some 230 acres at Sackville Reach and soon after planted 5 acres of grapes as an experiment. This led to the establishment of a vineyard of 55 acres by 1889. To handle the vintage Dr Fiaschi built Tizzana Winery in 1887.

The building consisted of a two-storied sandstone structure for living quaters and cellars, attached to a three-storied building to process the grapes. The vineyards at Tizzana were planted with imported French and Italian vine cuttings, the fruits of which were turned into prize-winning wines under the skilled direction of Dr Fiaschi. Fiaschi continued his Tizzana and Mudgee wine business until his death in 1927, and his second wife Amy kept the operation going for a further 25 years. The last vintage from the early plantings took place in 1949. From that time cellars were used to age and blend wines from Mudgee. All of the wines from Tizzana were sent to Sydney via the river and sold through the family wine bar in Little George St., Sydney. In 1955, Tizzana was broken into by vandals and set on fire. The fire left only a stone shell and memories to testify to its existence. The ‘locals’ of the Windsor area knew ‘the Winery’ well. Many can recall pleasant associations with the operation or the people of Tizzana and some will spend as much time as you can spare, telling their tales.

In 1969 the restoration of the crumbling ruins was begun by Peter and Carolyn Auld. Living quarters were re-established on the second floor and the cellars kept as original as possible. The building stands today as a testimony to two outstanding historical developments of the Hawkesbury. Firstly as a monument to Dr Fiaschi and his high reputation as a skilled surgeon, and secondly as the earliest example of a viable winery in the Hawkesbury area. Today, Tizzana Winery has much to offer visitors to the Windsor region. The National Trust classified building again manufactures its own wines from grapes grown on the property. Some 5 acres of vines were replanted in 1980 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Muscat and Aleatico varieties) and an additional 4 acres of olive trees have since been planted. Plans are in place to double the size of plantings in the coming years. Tastings of house wines and wines bottled under the Tizzana Selection label can be arranged. Group luncheon or dinner functions with home-made treats from our commercial kitchen, can be arranged by calling the proprietors, Carolyn and Peter Auld. Our Olive Branch range of products can also be sourced at the winery. Est. 1887

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Meet with Tizzana Winery at the NEXT EXHIBITION & ART TRAIL: 12 - 13 NOV 2016

A unique exhibition... Eight working studios... More than fifty Artists & Artisans...
All on a meandering country drive...
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