D’Arenberg Winery has been in our portfolio since 1997. In its fourth generation with winemaker Chester Osborn, d’Arenberg is a leader in South Australia winegrowing. Chester took over from his father, d’Arry, in 1982 and he makes a wide range of wine to express the various terroirs of the soils coming out of the 345 acres of land in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide.
With annual rainfall of about 20 inches, McLaren Vale can be considered a semi-arid climate, but d’Arenberg employs very little, if any, irrigation to their vineyards in order to stress the vines and force production of dense, concentrated, flavorful wines. The family’s first grapes were planted on the estate in 1912.
Harvesting is done by both machine (ubiquitous in Australia, as labor is super expensive) and by hand.
Winemaking at d’Arenberg is both very traditional and very modern. Pressing is done with basket presses that were made in 1860 and additional, newer ones were added using the 1860 design. When asked why not utilize new German-made bladder presses, Chester believes that the grapes really need to be handled softly and carefully and he likes the control over the pressing that the old basket press design gives him.
There are few wines in our portfolio as heralded in the worldwide wine press as much as d’Arenberg. We are very honored to represent the wines from the Osborn family.