Grancari Estate Wines at McLaren Vale specialise in certified organic single vineyard premium red wines including Shiraz and Old Vine Grenache.
The Vineyard & Winery The origins of this small organic winery, which is situated approximately half an hour’s drive south of Adelaide, dates back to the early 1940’s, when George Cox decided to plant Grenache 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 the early years, the hand-picked harvest was delivered to the Emu Winery.
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.
In 1993 two more vineyards were purchased, this time at Loxton, and, 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 old lucerne patch of 1.5 acres was replanted 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, helps to create premium fruit producing rich full bodied wines.
The Wines The wines are estate grown and produced, ensuring integrity of the organic status, from the vineyard to the finished product. Hand picking and pruning at allow for only the best quality fruit to be selected for the organic wine.
Organic methods of management, bare earth cultivation, as well as the limestone ridges, shale and sandy loam, contribute to the premium quality of the rich full bodied wines produced by Grancari Estate. Preservative free eco wine is available.
Rino and Greta have been encouraged after winning many medals including gold and champion trophies.
Cellar Door by appointment You are welcome to call us on 8382 4465 for an appointment to sample our wines at the vineyard.
For a full list of our wines, go to www.grancariwines.com.au