Castle Glen News

The Solar-Powered Castle - 1st January 2015

Castle Glen has always been environmentally conscious - developing and running a vineyard with organic practices - minimizing the risk to ourselves, our customers and the environment Castle Glen has always worked on ways to eliminate the nasty chemicals found in vineyards and preservatives in wine products today, as well as minimizing our footprint on the environment.
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With renewed vigor and cashing in, well who doesn't want to be financially responsible, on the government's incentives to reduce carbon and reduce direct costs of manufacture, Castle Glen's efforts to tackle pollution are paying off. That's not to say that our delicious array of products aren't still as fabulous and tasty as ever, but we are leading the world along with a number of brew houses in Australia in cutting our pollution.

The project has already reduced Castle Glen's carbon emissions intensity by 87% and savings expectations are over $15,000 in electricity bills per year

Castle Glen seized the opportunity to go greener running a manufacturing facility, warehouse, cellar door and vineyard using the power of the sun and wind. We always knew that we could make significant savings. Receiving an AusIndustry Grant to build a 21.1kW solar panel system was just common sense.

Castle Glen engaged the services of Aesco a leading Australian Energy Services Company who analysed electricity usage, recommended a comprehensive solar, wind and lighting solution.

It was an economic decision first and foremost, and enables us to continue to be as environmentally conscious as we can. We've definitely seen some significant cost savings in the few months that we've had the solar system implemented. We have a vineyard that takes care to have as small an impact on the climate as possible, of course, but principally this decision was about cost savings and electricity savings. And on both counts, it's worked.

Castle Glen has always looked at ways to lower its environmental impact and with the help of Aesco the opportunity to go even greener came with the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program offering grants.

This is our story of how our environmentally conscious practices, along with the Australian government putting a price on pollution is working for Castle Glen. It isn't always glamorous, but by making changes in lighting, improving equipment, installing solar panels and a wind turbine (coming this year), all with the support of grants that are made possible by Australia's price on pollution, our line-up of products are getting even better. All Castle Glen customers can drink with a clean green conscious - making a difference to our planet with every sip!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas ... - 1st December 2014

... and a happy, safe, and prosperous 2014!

It's time to make your Christmas Cake - find our latest recipes here.

Castle Glen Cider - Spring 2013 - 1st August 2013

Castle Glen has just released its first Pear Cider, Pineapple Cider, Peach Cider and Apple Cider for a refreshing Spring alternative to wine.
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The Pear Cider has been hand crafted from tree ripened Packham and Boss Pears grown by a neighbouring farm. They also supplied us with beautiful Queen Peaches for the handcrafted Peach Cider. The Pineapple Cider has been fermented from ripened Pineapples grown at Blackbutt on the Sunshine Coast and the Apple Cider are from 50 year old Red Delicious Apples organically grown right here at Castle Glen.

Castle Glen’s new range of ciders are made from 100% fruit and are carbonated into the bottle for that natural thirst quenching sparkle. Consider any of our ciders with (and over) fruit salad, or you could flip the situation and drop a few berries or a slice of peach into your glass. Great for summery punch, sangria or even with a shot of fizzy Castle Glen Ginger Brew!

These ciders are great value at $10.00 each or 6 of your choice for $50.00 at Stanthorpe or Montville only.
Available in 500ml – Alcohol - 8% – 13% alc/vol.

Step into Spring with Castle Glen’s preservative free and chemical free line up of ciders, wines, fortifieds, liqueurs, Whiskies, Brandies and Spirits. Whatever your tipple Castle Glen is sure to have it! Visit the Castle Glen Australia Cellar Door on the Granite Belt, or perhaps drop into the delightful Montville Cellar Door for a sampling of this fine fare.

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Pears - 1st July 2013

Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and it's no wonder why! They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. And, they're sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free. That's a lot of nutrition in one sweet and juicy package!
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The cultivation of the pear in cool temperate climates extends to the remotest antiquity, and there is evidence of its use as a food since prehistoric times. Many traces of it have been found in the Swiss lake-dwellings. The word "pear", or its equivalent, occurs in all the Celtic languages, while in Slavic and other dialects, differing appellations, still referring to the same thing, are found—a diversity and multiplicity of nomenclature which led Alphonse de Candolle to infer a very ancient cultivation of the tree from the shores of the Caspian to those of the Atlantic.

The pear was also cultivated by the Romans, who ate the fruits raw or cooked, just like apples. Pliny's Natural History recommended stewing them with honey and noted three dozen varieties. The Roman cookbook attributed to Apicius, De re coquinaria, has a recipe for a spiced, stewed-pear patina, or soufflé.

A certain race of pears, with white down on the under surface of their leaves, is supposed to have originated from P. nivalis, and their fruit is chiefly used in France in the manufacture of perry - a pear wine and pear liqueur. Other small-fruited pears, distinguished by their early ripening and apple-like fruit, may be referred to as P. cordata, a species found wild in western France and southwestern England. Pears have been cultivated in China for approximately 3000 years.

Step into Spring with Castle Glen’s preservative free and chemical free line up of ciders, wines, fortifieds, liqueurs, Whiskies, Brandies and Spirits. Whatever your tipple Castle Glen is sure to have it! Visit the Castle Glen Australia Cellar Door on the Granite Belt, or perhaps drop into the delightful Montville Cellar Door for a sampling of this fine fare.