A boutique family business in the Adelaide Hills, inspired by enthusiasm and passion for handcrafted wine, Martin Moran undertook an engineering degree in Agriculture, specialising in viticulture and oenology, he started making wine which was a family affair from hand picking, crushing and of course sampling. Using minimal sulphites and hand crafted, small batch premium cool climate wines are produced with great care and expertise.
In chic boutique style, Verdun Park Wines specialise in producing a small quantity of premium, elegant, cool climate Adelaide Hills wine each vintage. Taste the commitment in our small and exclusive parcels of Adelaide Hills Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Shiraz. Elegance in a glass.
The goddess Ekhidna [mythology’s she viper] was half nymph, half snake, mother of all monsters and defender of vineyards. Our Ekhidna [Australia’s great nose echidna] is a truly remarkable creature; a spiny anteater with a hedgehog’s spikes, a kookaburra’s beak, a kangaroo’s pouch, a platypus’s feet, an elephant’s lifespan, and a great nose.
“Eccentric wines organically grown, hand picked with minimal intervention” Try some of the more expressive and alternative wines of the Adelaide Hills.
THE TIM GRAMP STORY
Wine is in Tim’s veins and he felt compelled to keep ‘flying the flag’ and continue the Gramp dynasty. These were big shoes to fill but the incentive to produce wine of the highest quality was a challenge too good to pass up! He studied wine production and marketing at South Australia’s world-renowned Roseworthy College. After graduating, Tim gained experience with small and large wine companies in Australia and has been involved with the Australian wine industry for over forty years.
Tim produced his first wine in 1991 — a full-bodied and robust Shiraz — winning a trophy and six gold medals, including a gold medal at the Intervin International wine show in New York City. The Tim Gramp Shiraz is a three times winner for Champion Dry Red Wine of Following this success, the next step was to find a suitable base to call headquarters and Tim knew it had to be in the Clare Valley. Its rich terra rossa and alluvial soils, Mediterranean-style climate paired with cool nights, and select vineyard aspect make the Clare Valley highly prized as one of the most important viticultural regions in Australia.
In 1996, while searching for a good Riesling grape grower, he found the perfect site: a winery for sale in the beautiful hamlet of Leasingham. Tim completely re-equipped the winery and renovated the adjoining 1860s cottage to create Tim Gramp Wines cellar door.
THE TIM GRAMP PHILOSOPHY
Tim’s heritage and focussed commitment have nurtured and reinforced his winemaking philosophy: to produce exceptional wine from small parcels of fruit selected from single-site vineyards in the famous wine sub-region of Watervale, Clare Valley. Time-honoured basket pressing epitomises the definitive regional and varietal characteristics of Tim Gramp Wines.
The Curtis Family Vineyards are established just west of the McLaren Vale township. Its vineyards have flourished, now its sought-after McLaren Vale wines are available on the Australian and export markets.
The story of the Curtis Family Vineyards is really the story of how everything old came new again…of how European immigrants came to Australia, struggled against the odds and then applied old world values and experience to produce fine wines.
The new faces behind the Curtis Family Vineyards are Mark, Thomas & Jenna Curtis, with the guidance of their father, Claudio Curtis who lives on the vineyard just outside McLaren Vale. The name Curtis is thought to derive from Curtius, a noble and wealthy family of the First and Second Centuries AD, the Roman Empire era originating from the Latinium people.
Records show that the Curtis Family name first appeared in Cervaro in 1471, a town established by the Latinium tribe in Central Italy around the Second Century AD. Cervaro is situated approximately 10klms south of the monastery town of Monte Cassino, the site of some of the bitterest fighting between the Allied and German forces in Italy during World war II.
In 1499 the Cardinal de Medici allocated Paolo Curtis the authority to administer the Papal lands in the area around Cervaro. Upon these rich soils they established vineyards and olive groves, which are still farmed by the family. They became major wine producing families, selling to large city merchants from Naples and Rome. The Second World War took its toll upon the buildings used as a winery and barrel storage, but more destructive was the introduction of the Phylloxera grape vine louse, badly damaging the vineyards. Some were replanted and are harvested today. It was whilst the later replanting was taking place that the young Claudio Curtis first became involved in vineyards. While his parents tendered the newly growing vines, Claudio tried to help by removing the growing shoots. The Curtis Family have been growning grapes and making wine in McLaren Vale since 1973.
Today the Curtis Family are concentrating on developing complex premium wines for the Australian market. Premium wines that show the Curtis Family passion for great McLaren Vale Wines.
Gli evviva a lei e al buono vino dalla famiglia di curtis – Cheers to you and to good wine —The Curtis Family
O”leary walker wines
O’Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O’Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to.
O’Leary Walker Winery and Cellar Door is based at Leasingham in the Clare Valley, South Australia. The wines are regionally distinct with fruit sourced from other premium grape growing districts in South Australia including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale. Our theory behind this is to draw on the grape varieties that excel in these quite different viticultural climates. O’Leary Walker celebrated its tenth year in 2010 with an established reputation for producing award winning regional wines at affordable prices.
WELCOME TO PATRICK OF COONAWARRA, PREMIUM WINES FROM THE HEART OF COONAWARRA.
Patrick of Coonawarra was established by celebrated winemaker Patrick Tocaciu.
During a decorated career spanning more than three decades, he has celebrated international accolades while working as chief winemaker for several major labels. The focus then switched to fulfilling a more personal goal in the establishment of the family owned and operated Patrick of Coonawarra, in 2004.
Patrick’s eldest son, Luke, has now taken over the family business and continues to produce highly regarded wines from the famed Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra.
“It’s always a winemaker’s dream to complete the story… To grow, make and sell our own produce gives us an enormous sense of accomplishment.”
Only the highest quality fruit is sourced from their estate owned and managed vineyards, ensuring an unwavering commitment to quality and delivering hand crafted, premium wines with Regionality and Personality.
‘A heritage resumed’ sums up the March family commitment to our property called ‘Heathvale’. What started out as 20 acres has grown to 130 acres with planting of Chardonnay vines in 1986 and the move from stock to viticulture. This almost hidden hamlet set amongst rolling hills and huge gum trees, where winter temperature can drop to snow falling in some years to heat waves in summers, this high altitude country of the beautiful Barossa is a real gem.
Eden Valley is known for world class Rieslings, of which ours is particularly good, but we also produce a Shiraz with spectacular finesse and an outstanding Cabernet. Access to some exemplary French Oak Barrels elevate the final wines to another level as testified by those who taste them.
Sagrantino, an obscure Italian variety, has also proved a winner with its deep garnet colour, unique structure and taste. A very special wine. Young Tempranillo vines have been planted (yet to produce a crop), but being an early ripener this will stretch the busy vintage season out yet again.
The only processing off site now is that of the Riesling grapes, bag pressed and returned as cold settled juice for long slow fermentation. All other aspects of the winemaking occur when small parcels of grapes are at their ultimate condition and efficiently hand-picked. We aim for low alcohol wines with varietal fruit character and finesse from quality French oak.
We have what most winemakers would love to have, small batch winemaking with cane pruned vines and control of every aspect of the production.