Category Archives: Wineries

Architects of the modern d’Arenberg Wines Group

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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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Zilzie Wines-Going Places in a Decade


The winery was established in 1999 and is located in Murray Darling. The property where the winery is housed is 100 years old. However, the first vintage of the winery was released in year 2000. The year 2004 saw coming up of the popular Selection 23 range and four years later, the Bulloak range was released.

At present, the winery has Hayden Donohue as winemaker who has large experience of having worked with some of the big wine brands of Australia.

During past 10 years the winery has developed well as it has increased its capacity three folds. Moreover, the winery has included 3 more new grape varieties to its range of wines – Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Rose.


The vineyards are spread across 1200 acres extending in major wine regions like Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully.  The winery crushes 35,000 tonnes of grapes annually. The grape varieties grown are – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot among others.

On the environment management front, the winery has a policy to minimize water wastage and maximize water conservation. The winery is ISO14001 certified and is a proud member of Entwine Australia – national environment assurance program of the Australian wine industry.

Zilzie Wine Range

  • Regional Collection
  • Zilzie Estate
  • Selection 23
  • Bulloak


Zilzie wines has won 27 trophies across numerous wine competitions in a period of 10 years since its inception and is also awarded 4.5 stars by James Halliday Wine Companion in 2009. The wines have won many Gold Medals at China Wine & Spirit Best Value Awards, Cowra Wine Show and San Francisco International Wine Show.

Finest Shiraz Wine – Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz

Henschke Mount Edelstone

The first vintage of Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz was released in 1952.The 1956 vintage enjoyed immense success in various wine competitions across Australia and was recognized as one of the best Australian Shiraz.

The wine from the 2014 vintage is deep crimson colour and is packed with aromas of blackberries, blueberries and dark plums.Plums and blackberry flavors rule the well-balanced palate.Moderately high alcohol level can be found in the wine.The fruit of this wine is sourced from Mount Edelstone vineyard which is 100 years old and low yielding.The wine can be cellared for 25 years and has been awarded 97 points in James Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

The Story of Birth of An Iconic Winery- Peter Lehmann Wines

Reading success stories of winemakers who have made it big due to their steel-like determination inspires us to excel in our work domains. This article is about one such winemaker who got initiated into business for the sake of helping the grape growers. The name is Peter Lehmann. The brand is currently a part of the Casella Family but has a long history of its own.

Peter Lehmann was an ordinary person and life was as usual till 1947. This year was the first turning point in his career since he left school to take up winemaking apprenticeship. It was at Saltram winery where he took up the role of winemaker and manager in 1959. Another major turning point in his career happened in the year 1977 when Saltram refused funding for his 1978 vintage. In that year, there was a surplus growth of grapes and not providing funds for winemaking would have meant that the fruit would have gone waste. This plight of growers was not missed by Peter Lehmann who was determined to help them. He left the job and accumulated funds from different quarters to begin winery operations at a small scale. In this way, what could have been an unfortunate event was averted and turned into the birth of new winery. The first name of this enterprise was ‘Masterson Barossa Vignerons’ and it was born in 1979. The name was changed to Peter Lehmann wines in 1982. In 1987, first Stonewell Shiraz was developed. In the very next year came Clancy’s brand.

Douglas Lehmann became CEO in 1990. In 1991, the first Mentor Cabernet was launched. Stonewell Shiraz got featured in Langton’s classification in 2000 and it received the ‘exceptional’ rating. Peter Lehmann dies in 2013 and in 2014 his brand was taken over by Casella Family Brands. Nigel Westblade was appointed Chief winemaker in 2017.

Peter Lehmann has following wine range and these wines come from vineyards of Barossa Valley:

  • Stonewell
  • VSV
  • Masters
  • District
  • Futures
  • Hill & Valley
  • Portrait
  • Sparkling
  • Clancy’s
  • Art & Soul.

Today, Peter Lehmann is a reputed wine brand not just in Barossa or Australia but also internationally.

Glimpses into Glaetzer Wines

Glaetzer wines is a renowned name in Barossa valley. Initiated by Colin Glaetzer, this wine label is now a product of pride in Australia. It shall be noted that Barossa valley is a famous and one of the oldest wine regions of Australia. This is one wine region which has given many famous wine labels in Australia. Wines of Glaetzer brand come from the vineyard which is located in the warmer northern part of this region. This sub region is called by the name of Ebenezer. Ebenezer is characterized by topography which comprises of well drained sandy loam soils over limestone stone. These conditions are ideal for the growth of Shiraz wines. Another key point to note is that the vineyard from where the fruit is sourced is at least 80-100 years old. The fruit is not derived from the grafted vines but from the original plantings which are one of the oldest of the region. It is also a fact that the fruit of the region is low-yielding. Typically, one acre of land area growing vines here produces 0.5 to 1 tonnes of fruit which is, otherwise, 2.5 to 3 tonnes in a acre in young vines.


With such careful selection of vineyard and wine region, Glaetzer wines have been able to develop into a top brand in Australia. Top Glaetzer wines are: Amon-Ra, which is a Shiraz variety; Anaperenna, that is a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend; Bishop, which is also a Shiraz; and, Wallace, which is a Shiraz and Grenache blend. The previous years famed wines from this label were  and Ebenezer wines which were made by the patriarch- Colin Glaetzer. Colin, and later on his son Ben, were awarded with the title of Barons of Barossa for their work in wine industry and cultural promotion. Ben was also awarded as Qantas Young Winemaker of the Year.

Henscke Wines- Fine Wine Making Since 6 Generations

The stories of winemakers are fascinating and inspiring. These show how efforts of not one but many generations have gone into the wines which are famous brands today. One such story is of Henschke family. To this date, it is their sixth generation overseeing creation of finest Henschke wines in their own tradition. This write-up will briefly touch upon their history, mention their wine range and where are grapes of these wines grown.

Lets first move back in history to the year 1841, when the first patriarch Johann Christian Henschke moved from Kutschlau in Brandenburg province to South Australia on a 98 day ill-fated voyage which saw death of his wife, son and daughter, but two sons survived. Families of his other two brothers also moved with him and got settled in South Australia. After Johann, the next generations that were at helm of affairs were led by following people:

  • Paul Gotthard (added Hill of Grace vineyard to the family estate),
  • Paul Aflred Henschke (extended vineyards further, added underground storage and focussed on fortified wines),
  • Cyril Alfred Henschke (added fermentation cellars which are present today, phased out fortified wines, brought in dry table wines, was one of the founding fathers of Barons of Barossa and pioneered introduction of varietal and single-vineyard wines),
  • Stephen Carl Henschke (introduced German techniques in process refinement for wine making), and
  • Johann Stephen Henschke

Henschke has produced one of the most popular wines of Australia. It has four vineyards from where its grapes come. These are:

  • Hill of Grace
    – Shiraz is the most dominant variety planted here. Riesling, semillon and mataro are also planted in small quantities.

    – Iconic wines of this region are: 2010 Hill of Grace and 2009 Hill of Roses

  • Mount Edelstone Vineyard
    – Shiraz is the variety grown here. This is home to greatest single vineyard wines of Australia.

    – Famous wine from this vineyard is the 2012 Mount Edelstone

  • Eden Valley
    – This vineyard is known for growing a number of grape varieties. These include Semillon, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Graciano, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Muscat Blanc


    – Popular wines of this region are: 2012 Keyneton Euphonium, 2012 The Rose Grower, 2014 Eleanor’s Cottage, 2016 Julius, 2015 Peggy’s Hill, 2016 Joseph’s Hill, 2015 Tilly’s Vineyard, 2014 Louis, 2012 Cyril Henschke and 2012 Keynetone Euphonium

  • Lenswood

    – This vineyard is used for planting a number of varieties, such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

    – Popular wines of this region are: 2015 Archer’s Vineyard, 2012 Abbotts Prayer, 2015 Coralinga, 2015 Croft, 2013 Giles, 2012 Alan Reserve, Johanne Ida Selma Blanc de Noir MD, 2016 Green’s Hill,

Pepperjack Shiraz- Jack of All Shiraz Wines

pepperjack-shiraz-2015-barossa-valley-211x763This is a shiraz which you must try at least once, if not tried before. And, if you have tried once, you will surely go for another one. Pepperjack Shiraz is a product of Barossa Valley, one of the oldest wine regions of Australia. This brand was initiated under winemaker Nigel Dolan who made it quite famous. The present wine maker is Richard Mattner.

The key noteworthy point in this wine is the fact that this has been oaked in barrels of three countries- America, France and Hungary for more than 12 months.

The wine has been made with a 14.5% alcohol content which makes it a high alcohol content wine. The wine was first released in 2011 and it won the prestigious 2013 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge Trophy in 2012.

The wine is one of the most searched ones in Australia which proves that this is a wine which is being looked for by people who have or have not drunk it before.