Renowned British chef, restauranteur and television personality, Gordon Ramsay, has launched his own range of wines in Australia.
The Gordon Ramsay Italian Collection consists of three blends – the Bianco, Rosso and Rosato. They were created in partnership with respected winemaker Alberto Antonini, and inspired by Ramsay’s memorable times spent in Italy.
The partnership between Ramsay and Antonini resulted in the pioneering decision to blend fruit from two different regions – Tuscany and Abruzzo. This non-traditional choice for the wines sees grapes chosen based on taste and flavour, combining Ramsay’s passion for the best ingredients with the heart and soul of Italian winemaking.
After launching in 2021 in the chef’s home of the UK, Australia is the first international market that the Gordon Ramsay Italian Collection has expanded into. Ramsay explained the inspiration for both the range and this expansion choice.
“Wine making has always fascinated me; it’s a magical process where tradition, passion, and science are blended together and captured in one stunning bottle. When it came to launching my own wine range, it was very important to set the same standards and quality as I expect in my restaurants,” he said.
“Just like Italy has a special place in my heart; I have spent some incredibly happy times in Australia and many of those moments were made even better by a beautiful glass of wine, so it was only natural I chose to bring my collection here.”
The Gordon Ramsay Italian Collection is distributed locally by Oatley Fine Wines, with Rob Hassan, Sales and Marketing Director at the company, expressing his eagerness to welcome the range down under.
“We feel very excited to have such an esteemed global chef as Gordon Ramsay joining our portfolio with his new selection of wines. We look forward to sharing the range with wine lovers around the country and developing a wonderful reputation for this collection that captures the heart and soul of Italian winemaking,” said Hassan.
Ramsay is currently in Australia filming the anticipated new program Food Stars, where industry entrepreneurs and business owners will battle it out in the hope of winning a “huge financial investment.” The series is due to air later this year on Channel 9.
He is also in the midst of a pop-up partnership with Sydney harborside restaurant Aria this week, in which the wines will feature alongside a specially created menu to hero seasonal Australian ingredients.