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  • We love ‘love’

    Aaaahhhh – Valentines Day… love it or hate it… you gotta love ‘love’ – and we here at BAIE see a lot of it. Loved up Brides and Grooms, their beautiful families, all coming together to celebrate that day in your life where you really can’t believe you could love another person more. We’ve put together a little flick of some beautiful BAIE moments that make us all love ‘love’ just a little bit more.


    Vintage 2018

    We are all working pretty flat out at the moment in the lead up to what is shaping up to be a wonderful start to the 2018 vintage. Sim has been hard at it over the last few weeks getting the nets on the vineyard (not his favourite job it has to be said) to protect those almost ripe bunches from the birdlife, and preparing to get our hands on those grapes for our winemakers to begin the process of crafting some exciting new wines for you all. The overview of the crop at the minute is that the fruit is ripening well, the health of the vines is excellent and the overall balance in the vineyard is exactly where we want it to be. Can’t wait!

    APCO Wine Walk

    A big thank you to all who attended the Geelong Heritage APCO Wine Walk – a fantastic crowd who raved about our BAIE Sauvignon Blanc and newcomer BAIE Saignée – to get your hands on some of this chilled, juicy, cherry flavoured Rosado style you can jump online here.

    Thank you also to our beautiful hosts at the Geelong Hotel – great staff, great hospitality and a fabulous Geelong Venue – check them out here

    Cheers to Love and the Promise of things to come, Nadine and Simon X

  • Welcome to the endless possibilities of 2018

    Welcome to the endless possibilities of 2018, we are working overtime in the vineyard to look after those big beautiful bunches that are going to make some pretty spectacular wine this year and we are working hard on finding some pretty innovative ways to thank you for being part of what we do… can’t wait for this year!!

    This quote from Nanea Hoffman (of IG sweatpantsandcoffee fame) has just about summed it up – what will you keep, treasure, ditch and embrace this year?


    Keep the lessons.
    Treasure the love and laughs.
    Ditch the stuff that doesn’t serve you.
    Embrace the adventures yet to come. 


    We don’t know about you… but summer days leaves us feeling a little more adventurous about what we are serving up on the deck or at the beach for the perfect evening with friends. Check out this beautiful recipe that we are literally addicted to this summer… and to complete, serve with a chilled glass of BAIE Pinot Gris (6 or 12packs available here) for dining perfection. Enjoy.



      • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
      • 2 tablespoons honey
      • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
      • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (or to taste)
      • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
      • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
      • 1 salmon fillet, cut into  200g pieces
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
      • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions, for garnish


      1. In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, Sriracha, ginger, and garlic. Add the salmon, toss to coat evenly, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours, turning the fish once.
      2. Remove the salmon from the bag, reserving the marinade. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil. Rotate the pan to coat the bottom evenly and add the salmon. Cook until one side of the fish is browned, about 2 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook until the other side browns, 2 more minutes. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the reserved marinade. Cover and cook until the fish is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
      3. Place a piece of salmon on each of 4 serving plates and sprinkle with the scallions.



    Just so you know where our busy little BAIE team will be we’ve got some exciting events on the horizon.


    Its summer and we hope you are loving long summer days on the deck or at the beach with friends – but we’ve got something to GIVE AWAY that’s going to take your Australia Day sipping to the next level – a BAIE ROSE’ APEROL SPRITZ KIT. This includes everything you need to make your very own – 1 Bottle BAIE Rosé, 1 Bottle Aperol, 1 Bottle Sparkling Rosé, Copper Bar Spoon, Copper Jigger, Ice Ball Mould (valued at over $150).

    ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS: Jump onto our Facebook page to enter here


    The Geelong Heritage Wine Walk is back again for the ultimate cellar door experience! 7 premier venues in Geelong CBD will open their doors to feature exceptional wines from Victoria’s finest wineries! SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2018 11AM – 5PM. Tickets $110 (+ bf) includes entry to all 7 venues, wine tasting of over 20 prestigious wineries, and canapes to match at each venue.

    Click here for more information or to book.

    We will be pouring a selection of Wines from the Geelong Hotel, and can’t wait for what is sure to be a sold out, wonderful wine and food event for a great cause!!

    Summertime Cheers – Nadine and Simon X

  • For the first time in 10 years…


    We are over the moon, excited about a new addition to the BAIE Wines range – the first in 10 years and we will be releasing it online and in selected Wine Stores as at Monday 30th October.

    Adding a Saigne’e is something we are so happy about – we have been long time Saigne’e fans – but it’s important people understand that it is a very different wine to our current Rose’. BAIE Saigne’e – (French for ‘bleeding off’) refers to our winemakers techniques of carefully extracting the free run juice after we have picked our Shiraz  followed by 6 months in third and fourth fill French Oak Barriques. This is a fuller flavoured, fruit driven, savoury Rose’.

    Richard Crowley from Barwon Heads Wine Store wrote the following review –

    “The new Saignee from Baie Wines is a lovely addition to their line up. It’s a more serious rose – as you would expect from a saignee style – deeper in colour richer thanks to six months in oak. On the palate, the ‘Baie style is noticeable, that familiar soft and creamy texture which is quickly followed by hints of cherry and a much richer mouthfeel leads itself as a perfect food match. I look forward to putting this on the table over summer”.

    BAIE 2017 Saigne’e retails at $30 per bottle and is available online, and at selected wine stores including Barwon Heads Wine Store, Bottles and Barrels, Randalls, Geelong Cellar Door and Wine Domaine.


    W are so excited to announce the launch of summers go to drink the divine ‘BAIE Rose’ Spritz’ as seen when launched at the amazing luxury Level Seven Rooftop Bar at Primus Hotel Sydney by the team at Delicious (we can hardly believe it)!!  See here the recipe the inspired bar staff at Primus Hotel created –


    • 60ml BAIE rosé wine
    • 60ml sparkling wine
    • 30ml Aperol
    • Orange Zest
    • Orange peel to serve


    • 1 Place spiced ice ball in glass and pour over rosé, sparkling wine and Aperol.
    • 2 Sprinkle Orange Zest.
    • 3 Swirl glass with ice ball and garnish with an orange peel.


    We know how much some of you enjoy attending Baie Wines during Toast to the Coast. Unfortunately this year Baie will not be opening their doors to the public as after sell out vintages in the last two years we are trying to make sure our wine lasts a little longer for all! We love Toast to the Coast as much as you do so are very disappointed not to be attending but hope very much to be back next year.


    We are excited to reveal some more details for the upcoming Spring Grazing lunch at The Bungalow Restaurant this Wednesday 25th October for Geelong Cup, where we will be serving all of your BAIE Wines favourites by the glass/bottle.  The format of the day will be kept quite relaxed and informal.  The team at The Bungalow will be serving 16 different shared items over four courses.  The Geelong Cup will be streaming live and you will be able to try your hand at a sweep or two with prizes awarded during the afternoon. You can still ring The Bungalow team on 52163025 to book a table for your raceday gang until Tuesday 24th – but hurry only a few tables left.


    We are excited to announce that yet again we are so proud to count ourselves among the lucky few to have been awarded Medals at this years Geelong Wine Show held last week on the 17th and 18th October. This year we have bagged a Bonze Medal for our 2017 BAIE Pinot Gris and a Silver Medal for our 2017 BAIE Rose’.  We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work Simon and Pete put in the vineyard and our winemakers Robin and Marcus put in at the winery to bring about award winning wines each year! Don’t forget you can get your share of these delicious wines online and you can choose a mix of  wines as long as you are ordering the total quantity in boxes of 6 or 12.

    Cheers to that,

    Nadine and Simon Kuc

  • Dad’s dream box

    With Fathers Day just around the corner we thought we’d make it easy for you to tick all of his boxes with this gorgeous gift!

    • 2 bottles of the BAIE 2016 – To wow his wine loving self with one of the Bellarine’s best.
    • 1 pair of Happy Socks* – Because like… Dad… and socks. And they’re HAPPY!
    • 1 Massive Chocolate Pretzel – This will knock those happy socks off! It’s that good.
    • 1 Handsome Body Wash – So he’s ‘handsome’ and smells great… love you Dad!

    * Socks come in various ‘Happy’ patterns.
    ** Please note orders cut off Wednesday 30th August 12pm for delivery by Friday
    1st September.


    We are super excited about the  very kind things people are saying about our wine of late. A recent review in the GT Magazine by Callum MacPherson of Bottles and Barrels in Geelong described the 2017 BAIE PINOT GRIS as showing ‘a pale copper colour’, ‘ripe pear and sweet honey’ and the ‘mouth feel rings for minutes’ – now if that’s not a reason to get yourself some of that golden goodness then we don’t know what is!

    And of course there’s Halliday… the recently release 2018 Halliday Wine Companion rated –

    BAIE 2015 Shiraz as 95 points – which reflects an ‘Outstanding Wine – of Gold Medal Standard, usually with a great pedigree.’

    BAIE 2016 Pinot Gris as 92 Points – ‘Highly recommended wines of great quality, style and character.’

    BAIE 2016 Rose’ as 90 Points – ‘Highly recommended wines of great quality, style and character. ‘(Also Gold Medal Winner at the 2016 Geelong Wine Show).

    Now… the not so great news is we have sold out of all those wines – yep, you knew it before James Halliday did… so those wines were bought up, sipped and enjoyed before the book even came out.

    But the good news is – we have the new 2017/2016 Vintages of these wines and we couldn’t be prouder of this vintage… they stack up extremely well to last years wines so we hope you get to try and enjoy soon!


    Now that you know the 2017 New Vintage Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rose and 2016 Shiraz have been released and have been met with a huge amount of love from BAIE Wine lovers and local Wine Stores and Restaurants alike there are two ways you can get some BAIE Wines in your life –

    1. Visit any one of our amazing local stockists – they are fully stocked with all your BAIE favs and you can pop in and grab a bottle any time you like. Check here for your closest stockiest.


    1. Order a 6 pack – of a mixed or straight selection of BAIE priced from $25 per bottle and FREE delivery for a Wine Tribe member*, it couldn’t be easier to ensure you are stocked up for that “I need a wine NOW” moment in your week! AND there is NEXT DAY delivery for local area, just have your order in by midday! Shop now!

    Here’s Cheers to that

    Nadine and Simon Kuc

    *Not a Wine Tribe Member – just sign up here! it’s FREE – and you get Free Shipping on online orders, a $50 Birthday Voucher and much more!

  • Thank you

    You came, wined, dined, ginned, cheesed, flowered and danced. We can’t thank those of you enough who joined us for this weekend’s Shiraz Festival – it was HUGE and FUN and TASTY – and you were all wonderful guests. Thank you for choosing to spend some of your weekend with us and we hope you loved every minute of your time (and wine) with us.


    High fives, cheers, fist pumps, and jumps for joy we are proud to announce the BAIE Wines 2017 VINTAGE Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Rose’ and Shiraz’ are now back in stock and can be purchased online or at any good local bottle store. The wines are fantastic – thanks to all for your patience and support while we crafted these wines into something we think you are going to love!!

    The four wines that are now available for your drinking pleasure are –


    A refreshingly textured wine, with delicious flavours of peaches and citrus, underlined by a rich mineral backbone. A perfect representation of the sophistication that can be found in cool climate savoury Sauvignon Blanc.

    2017 PINOT GRIS

    This small batch estate grown BAIE Wines bestseller packs rich, creamy honey and pear flavours, with a full ripe palate and firm acid balance. Smooth and delicious this Pinot Gris is sure to hold a special place in your heart and at your dinner table.

    2017 ROSE

    Australia is celebrating dry purpose made Rose’ and this savoury blush style of Rose’ explains just why. Bursting with flavours of strawberries and red fruit with a delicious dry finish, this is definitely a Rose’ lovers go-to wine.

    2016 SHIRAZ

    This Shiraz delivers all the goods of a cool climate, maritime red with delicious plum and red fruits that are perfectly balanced with spice and French oak. Cellar for the long haul, but oh so good right now.

    360Q + BAIE WINES

    We’re so very proud to be launching the 2017 Vintage of BAIE Wines at the incomparable 360Q restaurant in Queenscliff with a five-course degustation dinner on July 22. Lovers of our wines were left clamoring for more this year as the 2016 range sold out in January – but now the 2017 vintage is ready it will be officially launched at Queenscliff’s iconic waterfront venue, 360Q, on July 22. Customers at 360Q have literally devoured the Baie Rose’, Pinot Gris, sauvignon Blanc and the 2015 shiraz, and 360Q business owner Barry Iddles is very proud to have joined forces with Baie Wines owners Nadine and Simon Kuc to host the launch with a five-course degustation menu.

    It’s the first time Baie Wines products have been launched at a dinner outside of the cellar door. Tickets are $100pp and guests will enjoy canapes, entree, main, dessert and cheese platters to pair with the 2017 Rose, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and the 2016 Shiraz. Sounds delicious, fun and awesome value – well make sure you book here soon as the event is going to be a sell out….


    Don’t’ forget if you are a Wine Tribe member you receive free delivery on any online purchase delivered directly to your door – just enter your exclusive free delivery code before you check out.  As a special new vintage release celebration we will be giving away an extra bottle for every 12 bottle case ordered online until the end of July.  Buy 12 – get 13, that’s up to $30 extra value.


    No problems – if you want new release offers, free delivery, a $50 voucher on your birthday and lots more perks along the way join here. And just so you know – we aren’t interested in asking you to commit to buying bottles of BAIE every month like many other wine clubs – joining our Wine Tribe is free and you don’t need to purchase anything – we just like you are part of what we do, and want to say thanks!

  • It’s time to talk Shiraz Festival…

    As many of you know – BAIE Wines only throws open it’s doors twice a year for pop up cellar doors, and this is one of them.  We know how to throw a party and this one makes for a wonderful celebration of all things Shiraz! We will be serving up the best of the regions winter warming food and wine, and music from a knockout line up of local artists. And if that’s not enough… this year we are adding a series of Masterclasses from some of our local favourite producers and makers for your added fun at BAIE – think winter florals, ricotta making, creating the perfect cheese board, and gin experiences. Grab your family and friends and don’t miss out on a weekend at the stunning estate. Cellar door is FREE TO ENTER to come and enjoy the live music and awesome food and wine.


    Renowned local Chefs Simon and Alison Donohue will be cooking up a storm to deliver warm, hearty winter dishes. The menu includes Chargrilled Minute Steaks in Brioche Sliders with Shaved Fennel, Blue Vein Bu tter & Onion Rings, Potato Gnocchi tossed with Seasonal Mushrooms, Winter Savoury & Pecorino and Sticky Date Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce & Cream.  A perfect winter menu to share with friends or as a 3 course menu just for you! No need to book – they will be  serving up their home grown goodness from 11am to 3pm.


    Entertainment doesn’t get much better than handpicked locals playing all your acoustic favourites including Matt Baird (Test Pilot Molly) Saturday 12-4pm and James Kernick Sunday 12 – 4pm – these boys are not to be missed!


    The BAIE offer only comes around once per year… buy 9 bottles… get 3 free (that’s a saving of $90 valid at cellar door July 8th and 9th only).


    To make sure you are having all the fun possible at BAIE Wines Winter Shiraz Weekend – we have invited some of our friends along for your creating, making and tasting pleasures. Masterclasses include a Winter Dinner Party Centrepiece hosted by Little Twig, Creating the Ultimate Cheeseboard with Lauren from Bear and Bean, The Ultimate Winter Gin Experience hosted by Barwon Heads Wine Store and Ricotta Making, Cheese Tastings and Shev and Tiramisu with Drysdale Goats Cheese Corinne Blackett! Masterclasses are capped at 15 people. Book here!
  • We are strapping on the skates…

    It’s crunch time here at BAIE Wines – over the coming weeks comes a lot of excitement, activity and wine….yes wine is on its way!! So while the new vintage wines are developing beautifully, we have been working madly behind the scenes to have our 2017 labels (they are gorgeous), caps, boxes all delivered to the winery so we can get some wine into them…… AND out to you! Bottling time is that final sigh of relief where a year of hard work, patience, skill and a few prayers thrown in for luck finally come to fruition. Bring it on we say!

    In addition we have a ripper of a day planned for the Winter Shiraz festival  – (don’t forget to save the date Saturday 8th July and Sunday 9th July), where we will open our cellar doors for the first time this year!! Think hearty food, warm fires, blissful tunes and a few extra sneaky suprises that will have your heart a flutter with winter wine and food experiences….. more details to come in June. If you are not already following us on Facebook  make sure you do HERE for weekly updates to stay in the loop.



    It is our great pleasure to introduce to Anne, (Simon’s Mum) who has been an integral part of what we do at BAIE Wines since the very beginning!  In the early years she worked alongside Peter in their Melbourne medical practice whilst raising their 3 children. When it came time to relocate to the rural life they both so love, her hard work meant that the true beauty of BAIE Park was born.

    Anne has designed and worked on the stunning grounds at BAIE Park and spends much of her time now hosting brides and grooms to assist them in creating their perfect wedding day.  The success, magic and beauty of what she has created for so many brides and grooms is a testament to the fact that she treats each couple and their families as someone dear to her…. she cares about their day, and she does everything in her power to make sure weddings at BAIE are unique and once in a lifetime for brides, grooms and their guests… and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    We don’t think we could say it any better than some of the reviews that came through from – like these –

    Oliver B. on 26th April 2017

    “Peter and Anne at Baie were so helpful throughout the whole process which resulted in the most perfect day at the most stunning location. They’d thought of every little detail and helped us set up in the days leading up to the Wedding Day. Thanks!”

    Courtney M. on 11 Mar, 2017

    “Absolutely STUNNING venue, it was everything we had wished for! And Anne and Peter are amazing!”

    Liana B. on 28 May, 2016

    “Anne and Peter from Baie wines were amazing to work with in the lead up to our wedding day, they made us feel so comfortable and relaxed and they were so helpful and friendly at all times!”

    So on that happy, shiny, loved-up note – we look forward to getting news of the Shiraz Festival, New Vintage Wines and some other fun BAIE Experiences we are cooking up for you very soon!

    Cheers Nadine and Simon

  • Have you been missing your Baie?

    Ok so things are getting a wee bit desperate when these things start happening…

    We are standing at our daughters netball game, and one of the gorgeous Mums there tells us a story of how when the found out that BAIE Wines was sold out she hid some bottles of Pinot Gris… and whilst couldn’t resist drinking one a while back, had saved her last one til Easter Sunday.

    Or another divine BAIE Wines devotee emails us to let us know she scored the last known case of BAIE Rose’ in Geelong as she had promised her Sydney girlfriend that they would be drinking BAIE Rose’ on her trip down to the Bellarine

    This is getting real people!! And while those grapes are doing all the right things and under watchful attention being crafted into some damn fine BAIE Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose’ and Shiraz there are some of us who are missing them!!

    So keep an eye on our Facebook Page for a little bit of fun we are having with ‘ Have you been missing your BAIE?’ stories. We will be asking people who are missing their BAIE Wines to take a photo of where they would normally be sipping their BAIE Wines… but aren’t – think empty glass next to a cheese platter… sad face with nothing in the bottle…… or any lucky soul who still has some left …. a pic of them enjoying it (to make the rest of us jealous of course). Winner will be treated to a twin pack of their favourite BAIE Wines – because yes we have about 2 bottles hidden too that we are happy to share for those who are missing… or savouring , the last of their BAIE.


    Simon is a Husband, Dad and Farmer – first and foremost, and what you see is what you get… and that’s what we all love about him. Calm, solid and dependable – he’s the guy that you go to when you need a steady hand and the gods’ honest truth (even if you don’t like it some time!) We are so very glad to have him heading up what we do as he sure does know what he’s doing in all aspects of the vineyard and farm… having studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University, after which he spent a number of years working in various government and corporate agricultural roles.

    It was his passion for family, farming and vineyards led him back to the Bellarine – where many of his childhood weekends were spent. Simon now farms crops and cattle across the Bellarine, is the vitculturalist at BAIE Park and runs the wine business with Nadine, whilst raising their young family. He is also the president of the Geelong Wine Association and is passionate about promoting Geelong as a premium wine region. Needless to say he’s a happy (but busy) man.


    How long does wine last once opened?

    So you’ve knocked back that oh so necessary glass of vino on a Monday night… but you were planning on an alcohol free week… what to do with the rest of the bottle – (and no, drinking the rest of it on Monday night, is not part of our helpful hints below).  Here’s a few guidelines to follow and how to help your wine last longer

    Sparkling Wine

    1–3 days in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper. Sparkling wines lose their fizz quickly after opening. A method traditional such as Champagne, will last a little longer than a tank method sparkling wine. The traditional method wines have more bubbles in them when they’re bottled, which is why they tend to last longer.

    Full-Bodied White Wine

    3–5 days in fridge with a cork Full-bodied white wines, like oaked Chardonnay tend to oxidise more quickly because they saw more oxygen during their pre-bottling ageing process.

    Light White, Sweet White and Rosé Wine

    5–7 days in fridge with a cor.k Most light white and rosé wines will be drinkable for up to a week when stored in the fridge. You’ll notice the taste will change subtly after the first day, as the wine oxidizes, so that the wines become less fruity or vibrant.

    Red Wine

    3–5 days in a cool dark place with a cork The more tannin and acidity the red wine has, the longer it tends to last after opening. So, a light red with very little tannin, won’t last open as long as a rich red.  Many red wines will even improve after the first day open.

    How to help them last longer

    Wines can last for a number of days after you have opened them , though you can do a few things to help it last longer. 1) Refrigerate the wine. Wines go “off” once they have been open because they are interacting with oxygen while warm. Cool the wine and you slow down the rate of those reactions. 2) Removing the oxygen from the bottle helps to prevent those reactions from happening. 3 tricks are to: a) Transfer the wine to a smaller bottle.  b) Use a vacuum pump to evacuate the air from your bottle. c)Add an inert gas to your bottle so that it forms a protective blanket over the wine’s surface. These are commonly sold in many wine accessory stores.

    So look after those precious bottles of BAIE Wines if you have a sneaky stash at your place, and we cross our hearts we are working our hardest to get some to you all to have open and on your kitchen bench in no time.


    Nadine and Simon Kuc


  • What’s happening at Baie

    Hope, excitement and anticipation are all quietly bubbling under the surface at BAIE Wines at the moment. For a couple of reasons –

    1. WINE IS COMING – Vintage is underway yippee ( and also slight sigh of relief because we made it) – after nurturing those baby bunches for the last 12 months we are finally safely whipping them off the vine and preparing them for crushing, destemming and crafting some unbelievably good wine.
    1. PARTIES – With the start of a new vintage comes the promise of the fun that we are going to have basically having lots of parties drinking some really good wine – and if we know anything in this family it’s how to throw a good party. So think festivals, cellar door pop ups, markets and more – and we can’t wait to invite you along.


    Many of you may not know the story of  how our small batch vineyard was first established – so we thought given it’s vintage–  with it’s heady promise of wines to come, it’s a good time to take a moment and look back to at how we got here in the first place. To do that we have to tell you the story of the people behind the wine – its as simple as that………  This month we thought we’d introduce you to Peter Kuc (Sim’s Dad) so that you could get to know him and his part in how we all ended up working together to make BAIE Wines the venue, winery and family run business that we are all so very proud of.


    Pete has had a highly successful career as a GP in Melbourne for much of his life, but his connection to the country and farm life saw him purchase BAIE Park in Curlewis in 1980 where he would spend many weekends with wife Anne and their 3 children restoring the estate to it’s true glory.  When time for retirement from medicine came, Peters love of science and wine came to the forefront which saw he and son Simon plant 20 acres of vines in 2000, and together they have ensured the excellence in viticulural practices that BAIE Wines is know for. Pete can usually be found amongst the vines, behind a camera lens, or hosting wedding’s with Anne to ensure that guests at BAIE Park enjoys every part of the exclusivity and beauty that they have strived to build.


    We try not to take ourselves or our wine to seriously.  We grow great grapes, on great soil and they are crafted into some amazingly drinkable wines (if we don’t say so ourselves). But one wine fact we DO get asked heaps is “What’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? “ and we TOTALLY understand why this is a point of confusion.

    SO… in order to ensure you are the most wine savvy person at the dinner table this weekend here we go …

    Endless discussions about the differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio occur in the world of wine as if it’s a complex calculation of NASA like proportions.  But with the grapes used in each, quite simply, there is no difference. They are exactly the same grape. Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the grape, Pinot Gris (meaning grey pine cone like bunches) the French name. End of story. However these two terms are now used in Australia  (and this is as  confusing as the time Simon tried to teach me how to back a trailer) because there are no rules. We Aussies can grow the grape wherever they like, turn it into whatever style they like, and then call it what they like.

    As a style however there are big differences –

    Pinot gris – the Alsace style is thought to be picked later and riper, and to be more textured, complex, fuller bodied, sometimes with a hint of oak or barrel fermentation. Thus making it a perfect food much wine for heavier foods such as roast chicken, fish and seafood with creamy sauces, even pork.  We here at BAIE love our Pinot Gris – it is probably what we are best known for, and the fact that we put about a 1/3rd of the grapes in French oak barrels for a few months to give it that honeyed creamy texture certainly pays homage to our French friends.

    Pinot grigio – the northern Italian style is often picked early and made into a light, crisp, zesty, minerally style. These wines suit simpler foods such as salads, antipastio and seafood.

    No other grape suffers such a challenging identity crisis.  It would certainly be simpler if the grape had arrived with just one name, however identity crisis aside, Pinot Gris/Grigio doesn’t have to worry about its popularity rating. And we can’t wait to get our hands on our 2017 Pinot Gris and show her off to you.


    Nadine and Simon Kuc


  • Who drank all the wine?

    We are sure you have heard that yelled out a few times at your dinner table (it happens a lot in ours!), however this time it’s our turn at BAIE Wines. After unprecedented demand following the release of our 2016 wines in August of last year we have sold out of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rose’! 10 years ago when we started out with BAIE Wines, making a handful of cases with Nadine talking to local restaurants with baby in tow… no one would have  ever dreamed that we would find ourselves in February running out of last years wine.  But here we are – and we only have you to thank  for your incredible support!

    We apologise in advance if you can’t get your hands on your BAIE Wines favourite for the next few months… but the good news is crops are looking fantastic for the 2017 vintage, we are working hard in the vineyard and excited and about the promise of great wines to come and we are looking to have them back on the shelves in July. PS The 2015 Shiraz is still in good supply – so as the weather gets cooler we’ve still got you covered for a sneaky cool climate red, and this baby won silver in the Geelong Wine Awards in October – so she is mighty fine drinking. Visit the shop here.


    The vines are healthy and happy – therefor so are we! This is pretty wonderful time of year, where the crops are looking full and so good that the birds have decided that they wouldn’t mind some Pinot Gris action! Thankfully Pete and Simon have worked hard to net the entire vineyard as the sweetness in the grapes rises to ready for the perfect ripeness to pick.  We still need some mild to warm temperatures to complete the ripening process and we will look to be picking  around early March.  Keep you posted on how we go harvesting in March – exciting times with some cracking wine to be made in the following months… we can almost taste it!



    If you are looking to be in the know about the new release BAIE wines this year AND to be some of the first to get your hands on them in a Wine Tribe only special offer – now is a great time to join our Rewards club. Our ‘Wine Tribe’ is a free members only club – no purchases of wine required – just our way of saying thanks with things like free delivery, $50 voucher on your birthday, $50 voucher to local wine or lifestyle stores on purchase of your first case of wine online.  JOIN HERE

    But for now it’s time to finish netting, sharpen our secateurs and get on with ensuring we make some of the best wines we can for you.

    Cheers Nadine and Simon