Koala wanders into vineyard, helps winemaker with barrel tasting

By Ben Hooper
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Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A koala that paid a visit to an Australian winery was filmed helping out with koala-ty control by sniffing some chardonnay fresh from the barrel.

A video posted to Facebook by South Australia's The Lane Vineyard and to YouTube by winemaker Nicholas Dugmore shows Dugmore pouring some of the vineyard's chardonnay from a barrel to a glass.


"What do you think, mate?" Dugmore says as he holds out the glass to a nearby koala.

Dugmore swirls the wine in the glass as the koala sticks its nose in to sample the bouquet.

The winemaker nicknamed the koala "Drinky Bill" after Australian cartoon character Blinky Bill.

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