Balnaves of Coonawarra, A Small Winery with High Quality Grapegrowing
Balnaves of Coonawarra is a family-owned, small winery located at the center of the renowned Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. In 1991, the owners opened their cellar doors for wine sales, and in 1995, the Balnaves Family decided to set up their winery to consistently produce high-quality wines. Experienced winemaker, Pete Bissel, joined the winery not long after and supervises the work. Balnaves Winery’s outer building, constructed under the guidance of Steven Herbert, also won a major architectural award. The winemakers produce wines only from the grapes grown in their own vineyards. Their main aim is to produce unique wines that showcase the flavors, qualities, and features of their region. Instead of showcasing a single character, the wines of Balnaves have a complex structure with noticeable fruit and oak aromas.
Balnaves of Coonawarra uses modern technologies and precise methods of viticulture to maximize quality.
Vineyards on the Original Five Hectares
In 1975, the Balnaves Family planted just five hectares of vineyards, and have increased their vineyard area since. The soil, climate, temperature, and rainfall in the region is perfect for vine cultivation. There is a division into blocks of one and two hectares between the vineyards of Balnaves based on their characteristics and unique soils. Recently, precise methods of viticulture have been used to protect the soils and maximize the quality of fruit that grows. Balnaves Winery uses modern techniques and skills while working in the vineyards.
In 2008, Balnaves won the James Halliday’s Wine Companion Winery of the Year Award
The main varieties of grapes that grow here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The winery produces high-quality red, white, rose, and sparkling wines. In 2008, Balnaves won the James Halliday’s Wine Companion Winery of the Year Award for their outstanding vineyard work and wines.