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Wine Label - Great Western Winery, Sparkling Burgundy, 1888-1918 Object Reg. No: SH 901411

Large maroon rectangular paper wine bottle label, used at H.W.H Irvine's winery at Great Western, 1888-1918. The label depicts the Irvine crest.

The label is printed in silver and reads: "Irvine's Sparkling Burgundy Hans W.H. Irvine, Proproetor, Great Western Vineyard, Victoria, Australia".

Hans Irvine's Sparkling wines were the first successful wines of their type to be grown in Victoria.

"The Irvine Wine Collection was acquired by Museum Victoria in 1989. It represents the history of the Great Western Vineyard and the achievements of Hans William Henry Irvine, vigneron and politician, from 1888 until 1922. It comprises 130 items ranging from publications, marketing items, packaging materials, wine labels, award medals, ceramics, illuminated address, commemorative trowel, trophy plaques, wine makers tools, and silverware."
Large maroon rectangular paper label in silver ink. Depicts the Irvine crest.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 7.90 cm (Width), 12.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: great western, rural industry, trades, viticulture, viticulture winemaking, wine, wineries, working life
Themes this item is part of: Great Western Winery Timeline 1858-1922, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922), Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922)
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Viticulture & Wine Making
Tertiary Classification: product labels
Maker: Mr Hans Irvine - Great Western Vineyards & Champagne Cellars, Great Western, Victoria, Australia, 1888-1918
References: The Vigneron, March 25, 1909.
H.W.H. Irvine entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography.


Don Baumann Posted on 07 Dec 2009 3:28 AM
What is the alcohol content of Irvine's Sparkling Burgundy. Can it be purchased in stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A? Store names?
Don Baumann Posted on 07 Dec 2009 3:30 AM
See my questions under heading Comments above
Discovery Centre Posted on 23 Dec 2009 1:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Don. This wine was from the late 19th/early 20th centuries. The Great Western Vineyard was sold to Seppelt in 1918 but does still operate today. It doesn't appear that they still make a sparkling burgundy but they do produce a sparkling shiraz. Further information can be found at http://www.seppelt.com.au/cellardoors/greatwestern.html and you may be interested in contacting them for further information.

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