KURTZ FAMILY WINES
Barossa Valley, Australia
The idea for the formation of the Kurtz Family Vineyards is by no means unique. It commenced from a long family history of growing grapes, drinking the end product, and a desire to see wine made exclusively from their own grapes.
Alfred Bernhard (Ben) Kurtz commenced growing grapes in the sub region of Light Pass in the Barossa Valley in the 1930's and this block is still worked to this day. His son, Bernhard Otto Kurtz, commenced grapegrowing in 1957 at his Light Pass vineyard and his grandson, John Bernhard Kurtz, moved to the existing vineyards in the early 1960's.
THE BAROSSA VALLEY
Without a doubt, the most famous of Australia's wine regions is South Australia's Barossa Valley. Most of the country's largest wine companies are headquartered there. Winemaking and grapegrowing have been an integral part of the economic fabric of the area for well over 150 years. Many vineyards have belonged to the same families and have been worked by them for five or six generations.
This is the land of the old vine with many vineyards of Shiraz, Grenache, and Semillon having vines ranging from 50 to well over 100 years of age. The concentration and intensity of fruit derived from these old vines show Barossa at its finest. As the natives say, they make for a good spot to drink, and definitely deliver what the consumer expects out of South Australia wines that are full-bodied, mouth-filling, and loaded with layers of intensely-flavored fruit.
The Barossa is considered an institution among Australian wine lovers. There may be other regions that produce more wine and might even vie for bragging rights when it comes to quality, but to quote James Halliday: “The Barossa Valley is, and always will be, the womb of the Australian wine industry.”
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