The End of an Era for Long-Standing Employee Arthur Raptis

It is with mixed emotions Kollaras & Co announce valued employee and family friend, Arthur Raptis, is waving farewell to the company after 37 years of dedicated service. His most recent role was that of warehouse dispatch supervisor but during his time with the business he worked through a variety of roles and held many areas of responsibility. Arthur has seen Kollaras & Co evolve from humble origins as a local enterprise supplying fresh produce, into a global company with a reach expanding across all seven continents and over 100 countries. He has witnessed many of the company’s great successes and challenges and has been a committed... Read More

Kollaras’ Rum First to be Certified Carbon Neutral

Key Kollaras brand, Ron Barceló, has been named as the first rum brand in the world to be awarded ‘Carbon Neutral Certification’. This important certification means the Ron Barceló products will all be permitted to carry the “Carbon Neutral- ISO14067 Product” and “Certified By SGS & ‘Bilan Carbone® License’ labels. The initiative to gain carbon free certification began in 2016 as a response to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and a commitment by the Barceló company to fight against climate change and reinforce sustainable development measures.  The project involved a voluntary carbon neutral initiative based on quantifying, reducing and offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from the production... Read More

Mo-Town Chardonnay Receives Cheeky Review

The newest addition to the award-winning Mo-Town family, Mo-Town Chardonnay, has received an exciting wrap from Australian wine reviewer, The Cheeky Vino. Its bold, complex and balanced flavours were highlighted, and its refreshing acidity emphasised. It was described as the perfect wine for summer. The South Australian Chardonnay was produced in Padthaway, where Chardonnay is the second most popular grape variety planted behind Shiraz. The region is renowned for its rich soil, underground water supply and Mediterranean climate with coastal influences. Mo-Town Chardonnay offers an aroma of ripe peach with a hint of oak followed by a fresh acidity and sweet peach characters on the palate. It is... Read More

Heart and Soul – Kollaras & Co Features in Historical Timepiece

The fascinating journey of the Kollaras family business has been presented in a unique Australian Book called “Heart & Soul.” Earlier this year, Kollaras & Co were asked to take part in the 240-page coffee table book, featuring ‘100 Australian family business stories, told from the heart.’ Produced by Bud Media Pty Ltd, the story depicts the arrival in Australia of John Kollaras Senior and his wife Georgia from Greece in the 1950s, and their first business venture - a fruit shop in Wollongong. It profiles the role of their two sons Tass and Michael, and their rise from a small Australian operation to a Global Beverage... Read More

New Solar Panels the Next Step in Kollaras Sustainability

The installation of 350 new solar panels at the Kollaras & Co Head Office is the latest step in the execution of the company’s sustainability plan. The 100KW commercial solar system is expected to enable Kollaras & Co to produce over 400KW per day of solar generated power, equating to 146,000KW per annum – And generating 70% of our own electricity. Solar energy was an important part of the company’s sustainability plan due to its renewable energy source. The system is beneficial not only to the environment but will also more than halve the company’s electricity costs before tariffs are... Read More

Kamana Wins Best In Show Pinot Noir at China Wine Competition

It has been nothing short of a successful year for the team at Kollaras & Co, with the news that two trophies and three medals were awarded at the recent China Wine Competition, bringing this years’ tally to 97. Kamana Pinot Noir was a standout, receiving two trophies - Best in Show by Varietal and Best Wine by Value. It was awarded a gold medal and 94 points, complementing the three bronze medals it was awarded at wine shows held earlier in the year. St Augustus Pinot Grigio received a Silver medal and Uppercut Barossa Shiraz received a Bronze medal. Kollaras Marketing Manager, Georgia Kollaras, commented on the... Read More

High Praise for New Wine Additions from Global Wine Judge

Five new wines recently added to the Kollaras brand portfolio have received high praise from Wine Orbit’s esteemed critic Sam Kim. Mogul, the new Barossa Valley Shiraz, was awarded Five Gold Stars and a whopping 93 points. It was described by Kim as attractively fruited and beautifully fragrant, succulent and rounded on the palate, delivering gorgeous fruit flavours and subtle texture, elegantly framed by polished tannins. Originally created to satisfy demand from the Asian market, Mogul is set to succeed in one of the fastest growing wine markets in the world. “It’s a premium wine that will impress in the key Asian market.” explained Kollaras Marketing Manager,... Read More

Uppercut Riesling A Cut Above the Rest in Blind Tasting

Uppercut Riesling has been awarded a mammoth 87 points and placed in the top six wines in its category at a recent industry blind tasting. National Liquor News, a leading authority for over 37 years within the liquor industry, awarded the Uppercut Riesling the exceptional rating at its annual Riesling tasting. The impressed judges described it as “Deeper, richer nose. Fuller bodied. Good acidic finish. Slight honey, citrus, straw, nice acidity.”  The Clare Valley Riesling has been a huge hit with both consumers and industry experts alike since its addition to the Kollaras brand portfolio in April this year. It has been awarded many accolades including a... Read More

Kollaras & Co Signs Distribution Agreement with North China’s Largest Wine Importer

The move will facilitate Kollaras & Co’s expansion into North China through multiple channels A key partnership between Kollaras & Co Pty Ltd and The Beijing ABA Company Ltd, was cemented at The China International Import Expo held in Shanghai on November 5-10, 2019. Kollaras brands to be distributed by the iconic importer were on display at the three-day expo - A major initiative of the Chinese government to support trade liberalisation and economic development in China. The event was opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping, with expected attendance of over 800,000 visitors across the three days. Kollaras & Co Managing Director John Kollaras, in partnership with ABA attended an... Read More

Prestigious Blue Gold Award at Sydney International Brings Medal Tally to 87!

It is with great pride that Kollaras announce key brand Overexposed has won an esteemed Blue Gold award at the Sydney International Wine Show 2019, bringing the annual medal tally for the Kollaras portfolio to 87. Overexposed Cabernet Sauvignon was announced as the winner of this Provisional Award, which is presented to the top 20% of the highest rated wines. The win advances Overexposed Cabernet Sauvignon to the ‘Style Judging - Judges with Food’ stage of the competition. In addition to the illustrious Blue Gold medal, Uppercut Barossa Shiraz was listed as a finalist placing it amongst the top 20%... Read More

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