Another successful weekend bottling some of the best sparkling wine in the Hunter Valley (yes, we’re biased!). The AEA team from around Australia were invited to a team building weekend of bottling, labelling, wine/beer tasting, egg collecting, and of course feasting and fun. AEA Director, Phil Hitchcock, is an expert winemaker/crusher/fermenter, judge and connoisseur. We were all privileged to join him at his farm/winery to lend a hand. The sparkling was made using the Traditional Method. What’s that? Glad you asked. Traditional Method (or méthode traditionelle) is an official, technical term denoting a specific method and process associated with the production of Champagne and other bottle-fermented sparkling wines. A huge thanks to Phil for having us and to Scarlett for organising. Weather was perfect and company was great. Looking forward to tasting the sparkling when it’s ready!