Calabria Family Wines to open Barossa Valley cellar door
Almost a decade ago, Bill Calabria, AM and patriarch of Calabria Family Wines, visited the iconic Barossa Valley and instinctively knew it to be a perfect fit in the family’s quest to expand their winery portfolio. Today, 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 are handed the keys to their Barossa Valley Cellar Door Estate this week.
The picturesque 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 close-knit 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.”
Calabria Family Wines are already the proud 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. The wine tasting room will be open daily from 11am until 6pm.
Harvest Kitchen will be open 7 days for lunch from 11:30am and late Friday & Saturday evenings.
For further information and media enquiries please contact Elizabeth Calabria-Staltare, Marketing Coordinator, Calabria Family Wines: [email protected]
About Calabria Family Wines
Marking its 74th year, the Calabria family name stands for a long history of winemaking. Calabria Family Wines was established by Francesco and Elizabeth Calabria in the NSW Riverina in 1945, and was driven to success by their son, Bill Calabria & wife, Lena. While largely self-taught, Bill has an instinct and passion for the industry and a strong philosophy of keeping it personal, which has ensured his children; Frank, Michael, Andrew & Elizabeth manage the company today. Together the family are embarking on a new chapter in the Calabria story, with the opening of a Cellar Door estate in the Barossa Valley.The Calabria family is committed to producing outstanding premium wines that have won them an array of international awards. Their company motto ‘Primus Inter Pare,’ ‘First among equals,’ underpins everything the company represents, as the family have made wine their life and passion, resulting in both 2009 and 2010 with the Calabria family being announced ‘Family Business of the Year.’