Greg and Janita Ferris enjoy a glass of the not-so-hard stuff.
Greg and Janita Ferris enjoy a glass of the not-so-hard stuff. Megan Lewis

Greg's wines won't put you over

GREG Ferris is putting the fizz into sensible drinking.

The sparkling wines he sells at his business in Frenchville can be enjoyed without threatening to cause a hangover.

And no one who indulges will run the risk of losing their driving licence either, because the wines have either no alcohol or just a trace.

“Our strongest wine has the equivalent amount of alcohol as a bunch of grapes left out in the sun on a hot day,” said Greg. “There’s less than a standard drink in a whole bottle.”

The purchasing officer at CQUniversity library says people of all ages are catching on to the appeal of the wines, despite Australia’s reputation as a hard-drinking nation where alcohol lubricates every social occasion.

“We find wine drinkers find the range too sweet, but when we can persuade others to try them, they love them.”

Greg, who used to lecture in business development, started D’vine Drinks from his home with his wife Janita, one month before the stock market collapse.

“It was probably the worst time to launch a new business for decades, but the customer base continues to grow.”

The wines – five sparkling grape juices, two still and three de-alcoholised wines – are all made in Adelaide from the finest wine grapes from McLaren Vale and Alinga. D’vine distributes them from Townsville in the north to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in the south.

“We always have a stall at the Emu Park markets and go to Calliope and the Heritage Village when the markets are on.

“Getting people to taste is our best marketing tool,” he said.

The company can be contacted on 4926 4710 and at dvinedrinks@bigpond.com



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