The Lutheran Winemakers Club is supported by internationally renowned wine writer and judge Tyson Stelzer. He is also a deacon, young adults leader and musician at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale, Queensland.
About Lutheran wine and welcome ...
Here's what Tyson says about God's gifts of wine and hospitality, and being a welcoming community.
Jesus spent a lot of time eating and drinking with friends and strangers. We Lutherans are pretty good at that, too. Warm hospitality over a glass of wine must be one of the best ways to get together and welcome others into our community.
We’ve created the Lutheran Winemakers Club to help us do this. The funds raised by the club support initiatives to grow community connections through hospitality, such as the Longest Lutheran Lunch. We can do this thanks to the generosity of Lutheran winemakers, who provide their wines at very low prices. This means you pay less than you would at a wine shop, and all the profits go not to a multinational business but to the work of our church.
Over the years that the Lutheran Winemakers Club has operated, we’ve received more and more wines for consideration. I’m looking for the standout wines worthy of gracing your table, and I’ve found twelve that you’ll love.
Along the way you’ll see the names of some of South Australia’s most famous and talented winemakers and you’ll meet a few names you’ve never heard of who will hereafter remain on your wine radar. There are young wines and old wines, still and sparkling, formidable and elegant. Most will improve for some years yet but all are ready to impress you right away.
About Tyson ...
‘Lutheran’ pulses through Tyson Stelzer’s veins. He is the son of a pastor and was educated in Lutheran schools. He married Rachael Pukallus, the daughter of a pastor. Together he and Rachael have served, and continue to serve, in youth, young adult and music ministries at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale, Brisbane. Tyson was a science and maths teacher in Lutheran schools for 10 years, before taking the leap in 2006 into wine-writing as his full-time profession.
Since then he has become a multi-award-winning writer, television presenter and international speaker. He was named The International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015 in the International Wine & Spirit Competition, The Wine Communicators of Australia Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013 and The International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011 in The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards.
As a television presenter, Tyson is the host of the People of the Vines series. He is the author of 15 wine books and a regular contributor to 15 magazines including Wine Spectator, Decanter, Qantas The Australian Way and Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. He is the sparkling reviewer for the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion and is a contributor to Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine. He is a consultant to Qantas Airways First Class and Business Class champagne selection. As an international speaker, Tyson has presented at wine conferences in the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He is a regular judge and chairman at wine shows throughout Australia.
Last year, Tyson launched Teen Rescue Foundation, a charitable institution aiming to actively discourage and reduce harmful alcohol use and its consequences among under-age teens. The foundation provides financial support for Australian organisations that offer front-line initiative in situations in which teens consume alcohol, and those that provide education for teens and their families in the dangers of teen alcohol consumption.
Tyson was the after-dinner speaker at the Lutheran Church of Australia’s General Convention of Synod in 2015.