Born on 19 September 1895 in the Barossa Valley, Hugo Gramp lived and worked his entire life in this world-renowned wine region. Today, his legacy is celebrated in the magnificent new brand home of St Hugo in the Barossa.
Hugo’s grandfather, Johann Gramp, was one of the wine pioneers of this revered wine region, planting his first vines in 1847, and starting the wine business that would be later called G Gramp & Sons by Hugo's father Gustav, and that Hugo would one day lead. Hugo’s entrepreneurial spirit and his quest for excellence inspired new additions to the St Hugo range, including exceptional red wines from Hugo’s beloved home, the Barossa.
It's amazing to think what the Barossa Valley must have been like in 1890, and what an extraordinary project it was to build Chateau Tanunda. Australia was nearly broke. The Barossa was a small, folksy, rough-as-guts settlement a couple of days' horse ride from Adelaide, which itself was an outpost. The Barossa had been settled only 40 years earlier and its wine industry could best be described as cottage. The settlers were an unlikely mix of German-speaking Silesian religious refugees and well-heeled Englishmen with pioneering spirit.
The chateau is impressive enough today: imagine what an impact it must have made in 1890 – the horse-and-cart days, before the railway came, and motor cars were still a novelty. Impressive enough that John Geber, when challenged over his use of the French word chateau, took his case to The Hague where he fought the European Union, and won.
In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the region’s leading grape-growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine.
The vineyard is managed by Troy’s and Tony’s parents, John and Lorraine, and brother, Kym. John has over forty years experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and biodynamically and the winery is also certified biodynamic/organic.
Tscharke is a family owned farm and winery with an unwavering commitment to its land for generations past.
Stretching back to the mid-1800s, the Tscharke’s have the Barossa in their blood. One of the original settling families, their mixed farming business was built upon grape production from the unique sub-regions of Marananga and Seppeltsfield.
Fast forward six generations and ardent farmer, vigneron and winemaker Damien Tscharke builds upon this tradition.
Growing up on a vineyard with his four sisters, he's been involved with the grape growing community his whole life. Having worked on his family’s vineyards for more than 30 years, his approach for grape growing would be considered environmentally conscious.Tscharke's
Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa Valley by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt just 15 years after the European settlement of South Australia. Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate is considered a true national treasure which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry.
In 1850, Joseph Seppelt, an emigrant of Silesia, purchased 158 acres of land in the Hundred of Nuriootpa from Hermann Kook, farmer of Tanunda, at £1 an acre. Designating it ‘Seppeltsfield’, Joseph’s original intention was to farm tobacco, with later Seppelt generations concentrating the estate’s efforts on grape growing and winemaking.
The family’s business grew rapidly in the late 1800s, feeding demand from England for wines and spirits out of ’imperial preference’, as well as the supply of medicinal Brandy to Australian hospitals.
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Barossa Valley Wine tours to Penfold's Magill Estate
Taste Penfold’s Grange wines, give the glass a swirl as I did for this picture, wine tasting tours from Adelaide to the Penfold’s Magill winery is a must see and do when visiting Adelaide. Visit the Penfold cellar door and experience the secret cellars as shown with this group photo. Wine Valley Tours. Penfold’s is also in the Barossa Valley, both cellar doors offer the same wine tastings though the Magill Estate offers the historical tour and great views of the Adelaide city.