Winter Glow

July 25th, 2019
Winter Glow
by Robbie Falzon

Warm up this winter with a glass of gluhwein and a piping hot bowl of soup next to the fire at Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum.

Wondering what gluhwein is? Gluhwein is the german name for mulled wine – in this case, a blend of Wolf Blass red wine, spices and a touch of Wolf Blass Solera port.

Galley and museum manager James Butcher mixed the gluhwein himself and says it’s a delicate balance of ingredients and its exact recipe is a closely guarded secret.

“Our recipe is secret but I can tell you that it tastes fantastic and smells just like Christmas,” he said,

“We mix the wine with cinnamon, allspice, star anise, black pepper and orange plus a little bit of our Solera port which packs a punch.

“The Solera port is a blend of three vintages, 1927, 1977 and 1987 which make our gluhwein special and gives it an extra kick.”

James first discovered gluhwein while on a ski holiday in the Alps.

“Gluhwein in the norm in the Alps to warm you up for the snow,” he said.

“In English, gluhwein translates into glowwine because it makes you feel like your glowing while it warms you up.”

Mulled wine isn’t the only thing to warm up in Hahndorf this winter.

James also makes a nourishing soup daily to warm your soul.

“Come in for a dinner on a Friday night and sit near a fire, drink gluhwein and a bowl of soup as well,” James said.

“I’m not a chef but I am a confidant cook and I love to make soups, especially during winter.”

James moved to Australia five years ago from the UK where he ran gastro-pubs and wanted a new challenge when moving here.

“I wanted to follow my passion in working with wine when this perfect opportunity to manage the gallery and museum came up,” he said.

The gallery and museum was established 10 months ago to leave a legacy of Wolf Blass and his achievements.

You can see lots of memorabilia from throughout the years and have an opportunity to taste some museum exclusive wines.
Winter in the Hills can get bitterly cold but James thinks that we should embrace it and find an excuse to go out during the colder months.

“Winter in Australia is so short why not embrace it and visit this beautiful place here in Hahndorf and warm yourself up with us here at the gallery,” he said.

The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum is open five days a week from 11am and is closed on Wednesday and Thursdays.

“We’re open till nine on Fridays so people can come and have a lovely dinner and warm up near the fire,” James said

To find out more about Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum visit or call 7078 9920.

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