The wines are as rich as the history of the region and include bold, flavorful wines such as Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (also called by its French name, Mourvedre - pronounced Moo-vhay-dra). Join us at GrapeFest in Grapevine to experience the taste of the Barossa Valley featuring the following wines:
After time spent working in Saudi Arabia, Neil and Lorraine Ashmead, moved to the Barossa in 1979, after Lorraine's father identified a beautiful home with potential. The homestead, in the heart of the township of Nuriootpa, was surrounded by extremely old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. At a time where demand for Australian table wine was negligible, the vineyard had become derelict. After years of no interest, the real estate agent eventually offered the Ashmeads the 72 acre vineyard as a bonus, as part of the sale of the homestead. Three years later, after restoring the vineyard, Elderton Wines was born.
Set on the red-brown soils of the western Barossa Valley, Hentley Farm founders Keith and Alison Hentschke acquired the 150 acre vineyard and mixed farming property in the 1990s. Following extensive research to find out where the best red wine grapes in the Barossa Valley were being produces, their studies led them towards the rich red soils of the Seppetlsfield area. Keith used an old soil map from the 1950s to strategically locate the best parcels of land and after a number of years acquired Hentley Farm.
With focus on perfecting the vineyards, the first wines weren't released from the property until 2002. Specializing in rich, elegant, Barossa Shiraz, Hentley Farm also produces other varietals including Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Viognier.
Izway wines was conceived on a handshake between two Aussie wine makers in a chateau in Beaujolais. Brian Conway and Craig Isbel met during vintage at Chateau de Bluizard in 2002 and after many nights drinking pastis they decided to start their own winery in the Barossa Valley.
Craig got to work seeking out half a tonne of Ebenezer Shiraz from a mate, and this fruit was crafted into the first ‘Bruce' in 2003, with just the one barrique made. Izway Wines has evolved slowly and organically from there.
Cirillo Estate Wines
The Cirillo family are custodians of what is believed to be the oldest continuously producing Grenache and Semillon vineyards in the world. Planted in 1848, these vines are not only a part of the Barossa history but Australia's winemaking heritage. The Cerillo's have been the custodians to this great legacy for the past 40 years, but their winemaking heritage spans back over 9 generations to the Southern Italian province of Calabria. However, it was not until 2003 when the first Cirillo 1850 Grenache was produced solely from these great vines for public sale.
Smallfry wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hikder and Wayne Ahrens. The real deal, they grow, make and market their own wines without any employees. A simple partnership in love and business that really tries to not just have a story but a genuine truth. Certified Biodynamic (in conversion) but real vignerons with generations of experience and a desire to make tomorrows wine today. Natural winemaking and our own special grapes make a dynamic mix. Smallfry specializes in sustainable, affordable, white, rose and red tables wines that pair great with foods.
Tim Smith focuses on making wines from the regions time proven varietals of Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz, he also sources exceptional parcels of fruit from Eden Valley for his Eden Valley Riesling and Eden Valley Viognier.
The texture, complexity and delicacy of Tim Smith Wines is attributed to the consistently exceptional fruit which is sourced from individual pockets of the Barossa Valley's oldest vineyards. These small-batch, handmade wines truly represent this world-class winemaking region.
John Duval Wines
Jon Duval received a degree in agriculture and winemaking in 1973 at Adelaide University and then followed in the footsteps of great Australian winemakers and mentors. After 29 years as a winemaker with Penfolds, one of Australia's most famous wineries, John Duval started his own label in 2003. He specializes in a Rhône-style blend of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.