‘Everyday’ Australian Wine As It Should Be

You wouldn’t recognise the Mildura wine region where Sunnycliff is made 150 years ago,  arid and scrubby, it was essentially a no man's land. During the 1880s it was transformed into the agricultural oasis that it is today thanks to the irrigation techniques of the Californian Chaffey Brothers. Encouraged by the Australian Prime Minister they helped create what is now a beautiful wine growing region.



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The Sunnycliff range is a real favourite of the Weavers team and Director Mary has been personally involved in making it what it is today. Whilst we have been forced to reduce the Australian range due to lack of consumer demand, the brand has yet to suffer. The wines offer fantastic value for money too and I think it will survive the current trend that has hit ’everyday’ Australian wine the hardest. The reason is simple, they didn’t compromise or cut corners, they continued to make approachable wine at a sustainable price. I wish others had followed their example.



History has dealt harshly with Victoria but geography has been much kinder. It is the only wine-growing region in Australia to have been affected by phylloxera, the dreaded vine-munching insect, but it has a range of topographical and climatic conditions that allow for a wealth of vines and styles to thrive.


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