Two of Mudgee’s long-established boutique grape growers today (Apr 15) have merged, aiming to expand production of premium organic wines while also increasing their global opportunities.

Organic vineyard and award-winning winery Thistle Hill has merged with Erudgere, which is its neighbouring vineyard and one of the area’s oldest and finest grape growers.

Both vineyards are within 10 minutes from Mudgee and Erudgere’s recently refurbished cellar door, which is next door to Thistle Hill, will serve as the outlet for both.

The labels will eventually unite under the Thistle Hill brand and wine will continue to be made in Thistle Hill’s winery.

Winemaking identity Michael Slater, who creates Erudgere’s wines, will also become winemaker for Thistle Hill from the 2009 vintage and viticulturalist Paul Baguley will continue looking after grape production for both vineyards.

Thistle Hill founder Lesley Robertson will remain working for the vineyards as a consultant in a marketing capacity.

Erudgere’s owners, Rob and Mary Loughan, will focus on increasing wine production, securing export markets and looking into new growth opportunities.

All involved are thrilled with the development, saying it is an exciting time and the beginning of a new chapter for both operations.

The Shout Team

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