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One of Australia's more dynamic family wine businesses, De Bortoli wines is now in it's third generation, having been first established by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli in 1928 with the business then driven by their son Deen De Bortoli and now third generation Darren De Bortoli alongside his sister Leanne and her husband, De Bortoli Chief Winemaker Steve Webber.
De Bortoli Vineyards
De Bortoli wines has been historically based at Bilbul (near Griffith) in the NSW Riverina, but more recently they have expanded into the Yarra Valley (where Leanne and Steve Webber are based), the Hunter Valley and also into Victoria's King Valley. The emphasis in all of the vineyards has always been upon innovation, with De Bortoli credited with the creation of Australia's most famous dessert wine, the Noble One, as well as pushing the boundaries with Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc (with their 'Sauvignon') and Riesling (with the new EZ)
De Bortoli Philosophy
Straight from the horse's (err, winery's) mouth:
'The winemaking philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard. The belief is that sustainable vineyard practices will deliver exceptional fruit quality to the winery as well as real environmental benefits.
The focus is on careful site selection, vine maturity and high input viticulture with a move towards biological farming principles. There is also increasing awareness of the importance of single vineyard wines. In the winery minimal interference, allowing the wine to 'make itself' and the mantra ‘it is harder to do nothing’ encapsulate this belief.'
'It's about site and season, making wines with detail, texture and minerality, charm and interest. Character and personality in wine comes from the imperfections of nature.'
Steve Webber, Winemaker
De Bortoli Winemaking
With an enormous range of wines and labels, it continues to amaze how consistent (and good value) the De Bortoli wines are. This comes from a simple respect for varietal purity, with Steve Webber renowned for his desire to see varietal expression in the De Bortoli wines. The real secret to the quality of the De Bortoli wines though is simply the winemaking talent. Beyond head honcho Steve Webber the team includes veteran Rob Glastonbury, award winning young winemaker Sarah Fagan and long time Noble One guru Julie Mortlock, all combining to headup one very able winemaking unit.
De Bortoli Wine Types
As mentioned, the De Bortoli wine range is enormous, covering everything from Moscato through to Durif, with even a cheeky beer in there for good measure. Each of the different vineyards has some highlights though - starting with botrytis semillon dessert wine, Durif and Petit Verdot (amongst many) at Bilbul, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah (Shiraz) from the Yarra Valley, Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio from the King Valley and Shiraz and Semillon from the Hunter Valley.
|Wine Region||Yarra Valley|
|Address||Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek, VIC, 3775, Australia|
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