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5/04/2017

Seppeltsfield buys former Rosemount winery

Seppeltsfield Wines has today announced the purchase of the Ryecroft winery in McLaren, together with an adjoining vineyard in McLaren Flat, from Treasury Wine Estates.

The acquisition settled on Friday 31st March and the details of the transaction will remain confidential.

The Ryecroft winery site, which has a production capacity of about 30,000 tonnes, is expected to be utilised as ancillary crush, fermentation and storage facility for Seppeltsfield’s broader vineyard holdings in South Australia. Daily Wine News understands there has been a rush to find staff to cater for immediate production at the winery for the 2017 vintage.

In addition to the winemaking infrastructure on Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat, the Ryecroft sale included about 100 acres of adjoining vineyard and water licences. The addition of this vineyard takes Seppeltsfield’s collective ownership of South Australian vineyard area to 5700 acres.

“The Ryecroft acquisition super-charges our premium wine crush and fermentation capacity,” said Warren Randall, Seppeltsfield proprietor and executive chairman.

“Attached to the original 1888 A-grade winery is 21,000,000L of storage capacity, so we see this as a very supportive addition to Seppeltsfield’s winemaking asset base.

“There’s an untold rich history of Ryecroft — established in 1888 in McLaren Vale by Frederick

Wilkinson, 33 original wax-lined concrete fermenters are still in place and can be used for ultra-premium winemaking.”


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