Almost a decade ago, Bill Calabria, AM and patriarch of Calabria Family Wines, visited the Barossa Valley and instinctively knew it to be a perfect fit in the family’s quest to expand their winery portfolio.
Under the direction of Bill, wife Lena and their four children; the family will solidify their commitment to the renowned wine-producing region as they were handed the keys to their Barossa Valley Cellar Door Estate this week.
The Barossa landmark, previously leased by Artisans of Barossa, is situated in the outskirts of Tanunda and comprises of a modern cellar door tasting bar, restaurant and 10 hectares of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Managing director, Michael Calabria said: “We wish Artisans of the Barossa all the best on their new venture, as they open the doors to their new wine room and bar VINI LOKAL in Tanunda. They have been instrumental in bringing a new era of wine and food to the cellar door in the Barossa Valley.”
Third-generation siblings Frank, Michael, Andrew and Elizabeth Calabria have eagerly anticipated welcoming visitors to the estate, with its spectacular views of the Valley, modern tasting facilities – to showcase their growing portfolio of Barossa vintages – and food by popular Harvest Kitchen, who will remain in residence. “We are looking forward to partnering with the Harvest Kitchen team to continue to bring you honest and flavoursome food and wine of the Barossa Valley”, commented Michael.
United in their acquisitions and driven by the desire to honour their parents and grandparents’ vision, the family recalls being drawn not only to the Barossa Valley’s renowned reputation but its warmth and synergy to their Riverina base. Established in 1945 with a story that spans over 70 years, the Riverina is home to their award-winning wines including the Three Bridges label and Italian varietal range, Calabria Private Bin.
Michael Calabria said: “As a family, we saw the Barossa as Australia’s equivalent to the Napa or Bordeaux regions which supports our vision of pursuing a more diverse and premium wine portfolio. This is such an exciting time for us and we have to thank our Dad, Bill, for pouring hours into the care of the vineyard and refurbishment of the cellar door. He has an affinity with the Barossa and the whole community has been exceptionally generous and supportive.”
The Calabria Family are already the custodians of three premium Barossa Valley vineyards including the 2012 purchase of ‘The Sophie Vineyard’ and the 2010 purchase of ‘The William Vineyard’, originally planted by the Hahn family in 1914 and the source of their new vintage release, Calabria The Iconic Reserve Shiraz 2014.
Calabria Family Wines Barossa Valley Tasting Room: Cnr Magnolia & Light Pass Rd, Vine Vale, will be open for visitors from the 7th of February 2019.
Top image: Calabria Family Wines Tasting Room, photo credit @Winewalkabout