Chapter Five

By 1978, Montrose Wines was a $2-3 million business, important to the town's economy, as it was buying most of Mudgee's grapes since its vineyard was too small.

Corino was of the opinion that Franco Belgiorno-Nettis was prouder of his Italian winemaker than his Australian wines and that Transfield was more concerned with making wine than selling it.

After years of hard work, Montrose carved for itself a reasonable slice of the local market. In December 1984, it achieved a breakthrough when 500 cases of one of its medal winning red wines were exported to Sweden.


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1980 Montrose Winery. Public tasting area.