As the solar set over the vineyards at Jacob’s Estate Cottage in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, one of many world’s largest film stars was busily assembling a wood wine barrel.
Piece by piece, a relaxed Chris Hemsworth listened with curiosity as 2 native coopers talked him by way of their craft, whereas shut by, spouse Elsa Pataky mingled with viticulturists and winemakers and took pictures among the many vines.
The pair have been friends at a barbecue held on the cottage, throughout a go to to the area as a part of Hemsworth’s function as Jacob’s Creek ambassador.
“We’ve been warmly welcomed in the Barossa by the Jacob’s Creek team, who have taken us into their home and shown us what makes this place and its wines world class,” the actor mentioned.
What’s in a reputation
Earlier within the day, they visited the vineyard’s heritage winery, the place Hemsworth christened a block of vines named in his honour, and chief winemaker Ben Bryant defined the rising and selecting course of.
Upon studying he was the primary to have a block named after him, the star of Thor, The Avengers and 12 Strong replied in a very Australian drawl: “that’s awesome”.
It was simply the sort of response the model would have hoped for from its new face.
A real Aussie
The newest in a line of world-famous ambassadors – others have included Novak Djokovic, Andre Agassi and Naomi Watts – Hemsworth was chosen for his symbolic connection to the story behind Jacob’s Creek.
“I think the most amazing thing is he’s the quintessential Australian guy,” Bryant informed AAP.
“He’s a gentleman, he’s easygoing, laid back, loves a chat, loves wine and I think, from a brand perspective, particularly Jacob’s Creek is truly an Australian brand that has that unique Australian expression, and what better person or personality to have than someone like him.”
That ardour was on show throughout Hemsworth’s go to to the Richmond Grove Barrel Room, the place he sampled eight styles of 2017 Shiraz, whereas Bryant defined their style and qualities.
DIY and reminders of dwelling
Guests, who included Hemsworth’s agent Will Ward and companion Christy McClung, used pipettes to concoct their very own blends.
Hemsworth, whose favorite wine is Shiraz, additionally sampled Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel – the model’s new vary of wines completed in aged whisky barrels.
“As someone who travels a lot I’m always looking for things that can remind me of home and a glass of Double Barrel does just that,” he mentioned.
After signing on as model ambassador final yr, he voiced a business launched in October to advertise the vary.
Hemsworth additionally lately starred in a pretend film trailer for a brand new Crocodile Dundee movie, revealed to be an advert for Tourism Australia when it aired in the course of the American Super Bowl.
The author was a visitor of Jacob’s Creek.
Kathryn Bermingham from executivestyle.com.au