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Laura Pearse
2 March 2021 | Laura Pearse

Why Buy Local, Really?

I often hear ‘buy local’ or ‘support local business’ as well as support small business....but why (apart from feeling good about myself)?


A while ago Dick Smith was forced to close his Australian food business.

Apparently the beginning of the end for him was Aldi. He said that ‘I believed Australians would pay more for Australian products, but turns out I was wrong.’

Upper Reach produces handmade estate grown wines from fruit grown on our Swan Valley vineyard and made in our on-site winery.

We are passionate about linking the local community with its rich Swan Valley heritage. 

When you visit Upper Reach, we hope you'll enjoy and experience local produce as a part of the history of this area.

By supporting local Swan Valley producers you are helping to keep a part of the Swan Valley as working vineyards and wineries...and in these Covid times, if we don't support local- who will? There are very few interstate tourists and fewer international ones!


Vineyards are vital to the future of the Swan, adding hugely to the ambiance, atmosphere and feel of the area.

Agriculture is becoming increasingly mechanised. Upper Reach is a labour intensive, hand crafted family owned and operated producer who employs, supports and lives locally.


Upper Reach as a family business is in stark contrast to mass-produced, corporatized wine production of the big, often multi-national wine companies.

The big wineries transport their grapes and bottled wines thousands of kilometres, first to the winery, as grapes and then to market as bottled wine (high food miles and high carbon footprint).

Hand picking the grapesCorporations do not routinely source local products, they tend to source the cheapest inputs using national buying power. Their main aim is to make the maximum amount of profit to be returned to shareholders.

Whereas small and family businesses often struggle to break even but aim to make a profit, but most of the money is spent locally on the raw ingredients, on the services and the labour required, this is crucial support and investment in the local community.

Upper Reach sells local produced food products and support local services. It is really important that we have a reliable supplier base, so what we need is available when we need it.

Similarly we nurture local trades and service people, this critical network of suppliers and relationships are vital to ensure we can rely on them in an emergency. 


People directly employed by small business tend to live in the local community, as do the staff employed by other local businesses that supply products and services.

Possibly the largest benefit to the local community Upper Reach offers, is a peri-urban food bowl 30 minutes from the city.

This gives the people of Perth the opportunity to experience where and how their food & wine is grown and produced. These experiences are vital in developing a mutual sense of connection between city and country, as well as producer and consumer.

Perth's Urban Food BowlThere are significant cultural benefits of Upper Reach and its agri-tourism setting, for tourists and local people, in promoting local agriculture, WA’s agricultural past, and the Swan settler heritage (Stirling made camp here on his exploration of the Swan).


I’ll think about this next time I’m in the supermarket, I won’t take their $2 milk, but will choose a West Australian brand. Same with supporting all the small fruit and vegetable shops and stalls and our local butcher, rather than the big supermarkets that I know screw down the farmers on price.

Time Posted: 02/03/2021 at 5:19 PM
Laura Pearse
11 February 2021 | Laura Pearse

How long does an open bottle of wine last?

First let's look at why wine goes off and goes bad once the screw cap has been opened or the cork popped.


Wines stored after opening can go bad in two major ways:

  • The first (and most usual) is when the alcohol oxidizes it reacts with oxygen in the air. This causes a nutty, bruised fruit taste that 'steals' the wine's fresh fruity flavours.
  • The second is bacteria within the acetic acid can consume the alcohol in the wine and recats with it to create acetic acid and acetaldehyde. This gives the wine a sharp, vinegar-like smell.

These are both chemical reactions, so if you lower the temperature, the reaction will be slower- that means: keeping your wine in the fridge will make it last longer.

Different styles of wine will last longer than others once opened. Get the cheatsheet

Here is my guide to how long each wine type will last after being opened.


How long does red wine last once opened?

Red wines can last 3–5 days in a cool dark place sealed with their screwcap.Red Wine Grapes

The more tannin and acidity the red wine has, the longer it tends to last after opening.

So, a light red with very little tannin, such as Pinot Noir, won’t last open as long as a rich red wine, like Shiraz.

Some wines will even improve after the first day open.
Store open red wines in a dark cool place after opening them.

If you don’t have a wine cellar, your fridge is better than letting wine sit out in a 21+°C room.


How long does sparkling wine last once opened?

Sparkling wines can last 1–3 days in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper 

Sparkling wines lose their fizz quickly after opening. A traditional method sparkling wine, like ours or a Champagne, will last longer than a tank method sparkling wine, like Prosecco.

The traditional method wines have more atmospheres of pressure (more bubbles) in them when they’re bottled, which is why they tend to last longer.Get the cheatsheet

I have found the best Champagne Sealer, I've spent years trialling various closures/ ways to seal sparkling wine, and this one is the very best I've found.

Your sparkling wine will now last up to 5 days.


How long does a Lighter Unwooded White or Rosé Wine last once opened?

Rose WineUnoaked white wine or rosé can last 5–7 days in the fridge sealed with the screwcap.

Off dry white and rosé wines will be drinkable for up to a week when stored in your refrigerator.

The taste will change subtly after the first day, as the wine oxidizes.

Overall the fruit character of the wine tends to diminish, becoming less vibrant.

How long does Chardonnay or Full Bodied White Wine last once opened?

Chardonnay or a full-bo3–5 days in fridge sealed with the screwcap.

Full-bodied white wines, like oaked Chardonnay, tend to oxidize more quickly because they saw more oxygen during their pre-bottling aging process.

Make sure you keep them sealed and in the fridge.

If you drink a lot of this type of wine, it’s a really smart idea to invest in an Argon Gas canister.


How long does Fortified Wine last once opened?

Fortified wines can last 28 days in a cool dark place, sealed with a cork.

Fortified wines like Port and Muscat have very long shelf lives because of the addition of brandy.

I know these wines look fantastic displayed on a shelf, but they will lose their vibrant flavors more quickly from exposure to light and heat.Get the cheatsheet

Just so you know, the sweeter the dessert wine, the longer it will last open.


Next time you're at the Cellar Door,make sure to ask us exactly how long our Swan Valley wines will last once you open them.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Time Posted: 11/02/2021 at 4:08 PM