Bell River Estate

+61 2 6846 7277 Mitchell Highway
Neurea, 2820
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Bell River Estate is located 15kms south of Wellington on the Mitchell Highway, one hour from Orange or Dubbo and 5 hours from Sydney. Bell River Estate began life as Markeita Cellars around 1974 and was founded by Margherita and Keith Reinhard (hence the name). The Cellars were developed by the Reinhard family and specialised in producing quality fortified wines (ports and sherries) and red wine, predominantly Shiraz. The 40 acre property has 8 acres under vine, approximately 6 acres of Muscat, 1 acre of Shiraz and 1 acre of Waltham Cross table grapes. The wet springs, long hot summers and cool winters are ideal for vines and the business thrived under the Reinhard ownership. In June 2000, the Reinhards retired to Wellington and sold the business to Sandra and Mick Banks and with the sale came the name change to Bell River Estate. In January 2001 the focus of the business has not fundamentally changed with perhaps a little more emphasis on marketing table wines to a broader spectrum of country based Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Hi, I am an accidental wine enthusiast. As part of a major remodeling project including our family room I revived my interest and enjoyment of wine. Our family room was redone using dark hickory planking and the room has a short wall next to our fireplace. This wall has always presented a challenge to make use of the space. I researched and sear... Read More

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  • It’s a great thing when things just come together. Earlier this year I had planned a trip to California to do some tasting but it had to be postponed. When I went to reschedule I noticed a thread in the Snooth Forum  that was looking for people to join in a West Coast Pinot Noir Throw Down. I wasn’t sure what exactly that entailed but I am alway... Read More

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  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate relationship with you. There is so much you have to offer. Sometimes you're a bit rough and tumble, edgy, even dangerous, while other times you’re coy or playful. But you’re always there for me, with joyous fruit, classic bramble notes and structure, allowing for early consumptio... Read More

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  • . . . and, boy, are my arms tired.I don't know when I first heard the term "Super Tuscan."  I'm guessing that it was 10-12 years ago.  I really did not know what it meant--me being very focussed on my California world.I did, of course, learn that a Super Tuscan was a wine that was made from grapes that were outside the Tuscany tradition--specifi... Read More

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  • With the summer of Riesling in full swing, not to mention our own Riesling Global Tasting Initiative wrapping up, it’s a great time to talk about Riesling wines and those which might be perfect for your palate and pocketbook this summer.Riesling is a tricky variety to review. It’s one that really requires you to read any review that is accompany... Read More

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