The origins of this small, organic winery, situated approximately a half an hours drive south of Adelaide, dates back to the early 1940s, when George Cox planted vines. The grenache vines, originally grown as bush vines, are still thriving today and are one of the few remaining early grenache plantings in the McLaren Vale region. The old wood enhances the flavour of the lovely red wines being created by the present owners.
During George’s early years the hand picked harvest was delivered to the Emu Winery at Morphett Vale. George sold the property and the vineyard was neglected for some years. During this time a lucerne patch was established which has since been planted with Shiraz.
The property was purchased by Rino and Greta Ozzella a few months after the bushfires of 1983. The family home was built and Rino and Greta were determined to re-establish the badly neglected vines. Using traditional knowledge handed down from Rino’s family in Italy, they began the job of restoring the 6 acres of grenache.
In 1993 two more vineyards were purchased, this time at Loxton. After 3 years of intensive hands on experience it was decided to sell the Riverland properties to allow time for a more personal touch to the management of the boutique vineyard. A planting of 4.5 acres of shiraz was completed in 1996 and the lucerne patch, 1.5 acres, was planted with shiraz in 1999.
The vines are grown on a westerly slope facing the sea, which ensures an early ripening of the berries. The afternoon sun, sea breezes and a mixture of light loamy soils with limestone ridges, help to create premium fruit, producing rich full bodied wines. Rino and Greta have been encouraged after winning many medals including gold and champion trophies.
The wines are estate grown and produced, ensuring integrity of the organic status, from the vineyard to the finished wines.