Karstroms call it a day at Botobolar

Kevin (pictured) and Trina Karstrom are retiring from Botobolar Wines. (Photo: Botobolar Wines)

For many wine lovers, their first taste of organic Australian wine was from Botobolar, of Mudgee. The vineyard was established by the late Gil Wahlquist and his wife Vincie in 1971. They were pioneers in organic viticulture. The price-list proclaims Botobolar “Australia’s first organic vineyard.” Kevin and Trina Karstrom bought the property when the Wahlquists retired almost 25 years ago, and now they too are retiring.

Kevin and Trina Karstrom bought the property when the Wahlquists retired almost 25 years ago, and now they too are retiring.

The final June edition of the vineyard newsletter, The Botobolar Bugle, was mailed out recently with its farewell message and invitation to a farewell party on July 28. Coincidentally, Kevin says his current release of wines is one of the best he’s had in years, the 2017 KK’s Choice Shiraz (AUD $20 by the dozen) especially recommended and “the last wine that will be bottled from Botobolar fruit” – which sounds ominous.

Botobolar wines remain remarkably modestly priced: there’s nothing over AUD $20 a bottle, at mixed dozen prices. Email sales@botobolar.com.au.

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