Since 1988, Grant Burge Wines has grown to become one of the top 10 privately owned wine companies in Australia.
Grant spent his childhood growing up in his family's Wilsford Winery in the Barossa where he gained an early love for the soil and the vines. He was following a family tradition started by his great-great grandfather John Burge who with his wife Eliza, emigrated from Wiltshire in England in 1855.
In 1970, Grant started his winemaking career at the Southern Vales Winery in McLaren Vale and developed the famous 1972 Tatachilla Cabernet Sauvignon. With another talented young winemaker, Ina Wilson, he returned to the Barossa in 1978 and purchased Krondorff - an unfashionable old winery which had seen better days - along with the Merrivale and Ryecroft wineries in McLaren Vale.
After numerous show medal wins, Krondorf was publicaly floated in 1983 and was later purchased by major shareholder Mildara Wines in 1986. The Barossa is one of the few wine regions in Australia where grapegrowers have been growing grapes and winemakers making wine continuously for 150 years. A Mediterranean climate of cold wet winters and warm, dry summers provides the ideal disease-free conditions for grapegrowing; and the traditions handed down from father to son have ensured a sustainable industry for more than a century and a half.
Saved from the scourge of phylloxera which swept the world in the late 1800's, the Barossa is a repository for some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. These now contribute to the regions unique wine styles.
As for Grant, you'll still find him in the Illaparra Cellars in Tanunda late at night checking a ferment, or early in the morning as the grapes come in fresh from the harvesters. He is closely involved in experimental trials which yield new products and he continues to play a hands-on role in critical decision-making such as identifying different batches, the extent of barrel maturation and the final blending.
With more than 6,500 tonnes being processed (60& red and 40% white) at Illapara and Barossa Vines (formally Krondorf) each vintage, he has to rely on his winemakers and cellar staff - but Grant is never far away.
Grant Burge has his name on every wine label, and he personally stands behind the quality and integrity of every glass, anywhere in the world. To ensure his continuing high standards, he sees just about every drop which goes through his winery.
Grant has always been a hands-on winemaker and his rapid transition to owning a successful international brand hasn't stopped that. Many Australian wineries prefer to source their fruit from a variety of grapegrowers in a variety of regions.
Grant Burge offfers a point of difference. He is committed to
consistently high quality and the maintenance of a unique Barossa style based on Barossa fruit.He has achieved this firstly by developing the largest private vineyard holding in the Barossa. Selectively purchasing 15 vineyards in every major sub-region (from Lyndoch in the south to the Eden Valley in the east), from every major soil type and in every micro-climate, has given him access to some of the best fruit in the Barossa.
This Vineyard portfolio of more than 1,000 acres (400 ha) is 50% old vines (in excess of 20 years) and 50% young vines, providing for long term, sustainable development.