Who is Bob?

Professor Robert Lusby (AM), to give him his full title, was a pioneering vascular surgeon based at Sydney University and Concord Hospital, Sydney. In the early nineties he and his family purchased a property on Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley (Tintilla Estate) and set about producing wines in homage to the Europeans, especially the Tuscans and Burgundians, who had shown the way to integrate family, wine and food.

Now “retired”, Bob, pursues his passion for wine and food living full time in the Hunter Valley. Bob’s passion for wine is not only in the making and drinking of it, but also in the history of how Australian Wines and in particular the Hunter Valley Wines came to be and continue to be some of the best wines in the world. Bob’s Blog tells that story. 

Victory in the Pacific, 15 August 1945

Bob’s Blog for VP Day 2020   Today we commemorate the “Victory in the Pacific” the day 75 years ago on which Imperial Japan surrendered, bringing to a close World War Two. Named Pacificus by the Portuguese explored Ferdinand Magellan some 500 years ago for its tranquil qualities, although he had died fighting in the…

Armistice Day Address

Armistice Day Address Robert Lusby AM Concord Repatriation General Hospital, 11 November 2019 “If ye break faith with us—–we shall not sleep” Words from the Western Front poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae Chilling words from the dead that reflect the social contract between those who have served and the families and community that…

Sangiovese in the Hunter!

Sangiovese in the Hunter! Our Legend’s lunch this month featured white wines from Germany and reds from northern Italy, just across the border as it were. We really couldn’t think of any serious reds from Germany! The question was asked as to why it took so long for Italian reds to be appreciated in Australia.…