IN MOST countries, drinking alcohol is only permitted to those aged 21 and above, but for winemaker Dominic Versace, his adventure with wine started when he was just six.
Versace, who grew up in a large family in Calabria, Italy, said they would often have wine at any time of the day.
Curious to know how the drink tasted, the lad jumped at the chance when his grandfather offered him a sip.

Verdiglione’s passion for wine began in Italy, where as a boy he would help his grandfather make olive oil and run a small winery.

Migrating to Australia in 1963, Verdiglione continued to produce wine for personal use but it wasn’t until 1990 that he sold his first wines, from grapes grown on Kangaroo Island.

Doing things naturally isn't cheap but the results can be divinely inspiring, as PHILIP WHITE reports.

IT was a fairly ordinary-looking shed, with an inconsequential stack of winemaking equipment. Spotlessly clean, mind you - there just wasn't much stuff there. The standard stainless-steel dairy tank with a cooling sleeve, favoured by small-scale winemakers; a stack of old barrels; an impossibly small hand-screwed basket press.

Been on leave today, to join some colleagues for a trip around the Barossa trying a bit of wine, followed by a long Italian lunch in the deep north.

Bit of a long story about how this came about, and I was not really sure what to expect. Pleasantly surprised was the result though – especially lunch at the final stop.

The day went something like this: Visit a few wineries (Rockford, Bethany, St Hallett) before heading back to Angle Vale for more wine and lunch.

The origins of Dominic Versace wines date back to 1950 when Carmine Versace migrated from Italy to Australia. His ife Teresa, son Dominic, and two daughters Lina and Maria followed.

What better way to Introduce Benkay Japanese Restaurant's new chef and some new wines than a wine dinner?

FOR an evening of pure indulgence, don't miss out on the exclusive one-night only Dominic Versace's Wine Dinner on Wednesday, March 26 at Benkay Japanese Restaurant, Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur at 7.30 pm. The wine dinner features some of the finest picks from Dominic Versace's range of wines which are in turn perfectly matched with delightful creations by the restaurant's newly-appointed Head Chef Shinzato.

While one Versace family designs high couture, another offers fine, organic wines produced in harmony with nature. TAN BEE HONG takes a sip... and another

Mention Versace and the Italian design empire started by Gianni Versace immediately pops into mind. Now think floe wines... more specifically Dominic Versace, from Australia's Barossa Valley.