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Walsh acquires Domaine A

MONA owner, David Walsh, has acquired one of Tasmania's premier wine brands, Domaine A. Under founder and winemaker Peter Althaus, the Coal River Valley vineyard has developed a reputation for excellence and has played a pioneering role in opening up Chinese export markets. Mr Althaus said: "Ruth and I have decided, after 29 years on Stoney Vineyard, to sell the business and enjoy some well-earned time to rest, travel and spend time with our family ... I am confident I have chosen the right organisation, winemaker and people to maintain my label’s integrities and qualities. In keeping with my ethos of winemaking and business, this decision had very little to do with money! It was, most importantly, about feeling assured that the legacy I have built will be in the hands of appropriate custodians." Domaine A will operate as a subsidiary of Mr Walsh's Moorilla Estate Pty Ltd and winemaker duties at Domaine A will pass to the well-credentialed Conor van der Reest of Moorilla. Mr Althaus said. "I will always be available to Conor and his team for advice if they so desire it, and obviously the nature of my processes mean there are many years of wines made by me yet to be released." Mr van der Reest said: “We recognise Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard as a cornerstone of quality Tasmanian winemaking and are delighted to now have it join our portfolio. Moorilla and Domaine A are both very much focused on making wines that truly show what Tasmania and our individual vineyards have to offer. We look forward to working with Peter and Ruth Althaus to make sure we protect the integrity of this brand that has such a loyal and well-deserved customer base.”

8 March 2018, Edition 192

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