In 1912, Joseph Osborn bought the property for the winery in McLaren Vale by selling a stable of prize-winning horses which he owned. Joseph’s son Frank joined and together they went on acquiring few vineyards. After Joseph’s death in 1921, the business moved into the hands of son Frank was also known as d’Arry. Six years later, the winery was built.
During the World War II, demand for wines plummeted and the winery profits fell. At the same time, Frank became ill which forced d’Arry, aged 16, to leave school to help his father run the business. After Franks death, d’Arry become the new owner of the winery in 1957.
In 1984, d’Arry son Chester joined the business after a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Oenology. He took over the role of Chief Winemaker. He also introduced new varieties to the region such as Viognier, Roussanne, Tempranillo.
Environment & Sustainability
The winery reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by employing a solar generator.
No water used during winemaking is wasted and is completely recycled in the winery.
The winery is associated with Australian Packaging Covenant for reduction of packaging material used.
Biodynamic substitutes are used which are approved by biodynamics Australia
All vineyards are NASAA Certified and the winery follows organic and biodynamic practices.
Awards and Recognition
Over the years the winery has accumulated plenty of awards and earned recognition. Few of these are listed below –
In 1998, the winery won the Winemaker of the year award given by Winestate Magazine.
Next year, it was awarded Winemaker of the Year by the Winestate Magazine.
One of its wine ‘The Dead Arm Shiraz’ was included in the Excellent Category of ‘Langton’s Top 101 Australia Wines’.
The winery was voted the ‘Top 10 Best Producer of Australia Shiraz’ by US Wine and Spirits Magazine.
It was awarded ‘Winery of the Year’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2010.
The winery was included in ‘Top 100 Wineries of the Year’ by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2014.
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