2015 Wine Bottling Weekend

AEA staff from around Australia joined Phil Hitchock, expert winemaker, on his farm and winery in Hunter Valley for the second year in a row!


Kevin and Stuart stacking labelled boxes


Labelling the Pinot Noir







Arriving Friday night, staff kicked off the weekend with a delicious barbeque on the farm followed by a wine sensory challenge where staff were expected to put all their senses to the test.

Following a night filled with many laughs and maybe too many beers, on the Saturday morning staff enjoyed a hearty breakfast before heading over to Phil’s winery to assist him in bottling and labelling his Pinot Noir.

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Kerry is admiring her wine bottling skills

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Having a break after a hard days work!

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Kevin looking like he did something guilty


In the afternoon, AEA staff visited some local wineries and a brewery in Maitland before ending the night with a good old fashioned game of cricket.

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Jean-Paul and Greg looking happy after a great weekend!

The highlight of the trip was (once again) taste testing the  Pinot Noir!

A special thanks to Phil and Scarlett for organising yet another enjoyable and memorable trip!