God’s Hill winery: Following the footsteps of the grandfather
Charlie recalls that his first involvement in the wine industry was at a tender age of 6 when his grandfather asked him to crush the grapes in the large wooden vats with his thoroughly washed feet.
Following natural principles of winemaking
His grandfather was involved with farming as well as he grew grapes and made wine for the local community. This stopped when he was 11 and he migrated to Adelaide with his parents. His father continued winemaking traditionally in his home cellar and Charlie lent his hands by handpicking grapes, crushing and making wine. The most fundamental part of winemaking, as per him, is to ensure that hygienic procedures were used. He still remembers vividly that his father burnt a sulfur ring in the barrel before filling it with wine.
Winemaking with great passion
In 1998, Charlie started his own operation with the God’s Hill winery, planting 25 acres of vines at Lyndoch in Barossa Valley. That marks the birth of God’s Hill Label. With the introduction of vintage wine in 2001 where 2 barrels were produced for family and friends, the vineyard grew to 30 acres the very next year, when the vintage edition was available for the public as well.
The vineyard of God’s Hill winery consists of the famous shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, Aglianico, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Riesling, Prosecco and chardonnay. These varietals are handpicked to make the finest of red, white, rose, sparkling and fortified wines.
The goal behind this very winery is to keep the passion alive and continue the family tradition by producing small batches of boutique wines