Tim Smith Wines is a first generation family business, now morphing into its second. Tim says “we don’t have any impressive stories of 6th generational inheritance or tradition just yet, but our story is being written organically. Our aim is not to be the biggest-but the best value and trusted in terms of quality.”
Tim is honoured to be the 2019 Barons of the Barossa ‘Winemaker of the Year’ and he’ll be joining us in Sydney and Melbourne this July for Barossa Be Consumed.
Tell us something about you (or your wine) that we don’t know
All of our wines are vegan and vegetarian friendly, but even better, they are particularly carnivore friendly.
Give us one word that sums up Barossa
You’re going to a friend’s place for dinner, what drinks do you take?
Generations Gin. Barossa Semillon – either Scholzy’s or Rick Burge. Barossa Mataro. Eden Valley Shiraz. Seppeltsfield Vintage Port.
You have been given a cloak of invisibility. Whose wine do you go and grab a bottle of at Barossa Be Consumed?
Pete Scholz (The Willows).
What’s your perfect night in (or your perfect night out)?
Our deck at home in the Barossa’s dress circle in Vine Vale. Family. Oysters. Magnums of Riesling. Eleni’s foccacia loaf. Smoked roast Hutton Vale lamb. Heggies Botrytis Riesling. Pecan Pie. Breakfast: toasted Apex sourdough loaf and leftover foccacia. Damien from Bean Addictions latest best roast in the espresso machine. Nurofen.
What’s your food or wine guilty pleasure?
Coming home after 2 or 3 weeks overseas on the road. Jetlagged. An old Yalumba Octavius Shiraz or Signature Cab/Shiraz. Sirloin from Linkes. Pan fried, medium rare, with fried mushrooms and bok choy cooked in the pan juices with garlic and black pepper. It tastes like home. It is home.
What are some of your favourite road trip songs?
‘Stagger Lee’ Nick Cave
‘Gravy’ Paul Kelly
‘Ain’t no fun (waiting round to be a millionaire)’ AC/DC
‘Wide Open Road’ The Triffids
‘Chase the Dragon’ The Beasts of Bourbon
‘Catholic Girls’ Frank Zappa
‘Dead Flowers’ The Rolling Stones
‘Real live bleeding fingers’ Lucinda Williams
‘Redheads, gold cars, and long black limousines’ Tex, Don and Charlie
‘Saturday night and Sunday morning’ Paul Kelly
‘One long day’ Cold Chisel
‘Its Oh So Quiet’ Bjork
‘These are the days’ Keith Urban
‘Prisoner of Society’ The Living End
What grape variety or wine style most interests you at the moment?
You can ask any 3 people (alive or not) to a Barossa dinner party, who gets an invite?
Ray Beckwith. Peter Lehmann. Bob McLean
What food is on the table?
Lacchshinken, dill gherkins,mettwurst, Linkes smoked chicken, cucumber salad, rotegrutze.
Name your one Barossa ‘must do’
Steingarten Vineyard or Parsons lookout. Morning: sparkling Shiraz. Midday: Riesling. Evening: Barossa Grenache.
Your most memorable wine? Or the wine that got you interested in the wine caper?
Late 70’s Yarra Yering Number 2 to get into the Wine caper. Then Guigal Condrieu to set up Tim Smith Wines.
You know you ’re in Barossa when you …. See | hear | smell ?
See: A crowd out the front of The Valley Hotel in Tanunda on a Friday night.
Hear: grape harvesters keeping me awake at night during vintage.
Smell: Ferments ticking when out riding my motorcycle in the evening.
Say hi to Tim at Barossa Be Consumed on July 13 in Sydney and July 20 in Melbourne.