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SKAl Sydney North – (after the revolution) Bastille Day Lunch

Allons les amies de la SKAL Internationale!

Let us storm the barricades at l’Harbour -Vue Hốtel and demand some fine French wining and dining to celebrate la fête nationale de France!

GUEST SPEAKER:  Will de Beaurepaire – Wine DirectorDe Beaurepaire Wines – Rylstone Estate – https://debeaurepairewines.com/

Despite early years of helping around the vineyard, Will initially started his formal career in corporate advisory, with a focus on wine, leveraging his family’s involvement in the wine industry here in Australia since 1970 and family’s origins in one of the great wine regions of the world, Burgundy. He established PwC’s wine advisory group in 2000 and worked closely with a number of the majors including McWilliams and what was then Southcorp (now Treasury). After PwC he went off in many different corporate directions – a stint in investment banking, CFO of a mining company, venture capital, business advisory but always circled back to his family’s wine business especially around vintage to lend a hand.

The French approach to viticulture and winemaking is much more apprenticeship than scholarship and heavily driven by the fragmentation of the wine sector thanks to the Napoleonic Inheritance Laws of 1804. In this way, the children of the wine families are sent off to develop their own careers (historically in London but now in New York with the intention of developing networks in key markets) before returning to the wineries later in life to complete their apprenticeship.

Nearly 5 years ago, Will started working fulltime at the winery driving forklifts and tractors, picking grapes and trying to help make them into wine, designing wine labels, wearing out shoe leather selling the wine around Australia and now overseas and generally being the family roustabout. He’s a committed participant of the Australian wine industry including working alongside Wine Australia over a number of years and along with his sister is building the next generation of the family winery under the tutelage of his father and mother.

De Beaurepaire Wines

In 1998 the de Beaurepaire family, originally from Beaurepaire-en-Bresse in Burgundy, France established a 53-hectare single estate vineyard on arguably Australia’s closest terroir to Burgundy. Located in a valley in the hills above Rylstone, in the central ranges of NSW, with an ultra-cool, continental climate and shallow sandy-loam soils on limestone bedrock much like the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.

Winemaking is a combination of French and Australian techniques producing 18 wines that are elegant, vibrant, complex and food-friendly together with a focus on sustainable practices in the winery and vineyard. De Beaurepaire Wines is a participant in ‘EntWine’ and ‘Freshcare’ – the Australian Wine Industry’s Sustainability Programs.

The De Beaurepaire wine range includes ‘méthode traditionnelle’ sparkling, white, rosé, red and dessert wines which are ranged at over 30 of Australia’s best restaurants, many of its most luxurious hotels and trendy bars.

In 2018 out of 10,000 wines judged, De Beaurepaire Wines was awarded by Winestate Magazine, 2018 Australian Wine of the Year and 2018 Best Australian and New Zealand Sweet Wine.


Event Details
Wednesday, 24th July 2019
North Sydney Harbourview Hotel 17 Blue St, North Sydney NSW 2060
12.30 pm for 1.00 pm lunch
Friday, 19th July 2019
SISN Secretariat (Christine Rupp) - Email: christinerupp@bigpond.com : Mob: +61439 479 568
Per Person
Member Price: $75.00 Payable by Credit Card or EFT to: St. George Bank BSB 112-879 Account: 043 633 721. Cancellations and no shows will be charged after the RSVP cut-off date.
Guest Price: $75