In 1912 Joseph Osborn purchased Milton Vineyards in the hills just north of Gloucester and Bellevue, now just known as McLaren Vale. Joseph's son Frank Osborn left medical school for life in the vineyard. Fruit from the 78 hectares of vineyards was sold to local wineries until his own cellars were complete in 1928. In 1943 Frank's son Francis d'Arenberg, universally known as 'd'Arry', returned from school, age 16, to help his ill father run the business, eventually assuming full management of d'Arenberg in 1957.
d'Arry bottled the first of the famous diagonal red stripe labelled wines two years later. d'Arenberg's wines of the 1960's gained immediate cult status amongst imbibers and judges. One Cabernet Sauvignon won a Jimmy Watson Trophy at the 1969 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and another Grenache-based wine was awarded 7 trophies and 29 gold medals from Australian capital city wine shows. Enter the fourth generation, d'Arry's son Chester d'Arenberg Osborn. After graduating from Roseworthy College and touring other Australian and European wine regions, Chester took over the reins as Chief Winemaker in 1984. d'Arenberg has received a host of awards and accolades including 2009 Winery of the Year, Wine & Spirits Magazine (USA) and Best All-Round Winery, Houston International Wine Competition 2009 and listed as a 5 star and Best Winery in the 2013 edition of James Halliday's The Australian Wine Companion.
d'Arenberg's catchcry is The art of being different', something that resonates very well with us. Established in 1912 by a teetotaller! There you go; that's different. Joseph Osborn may not have enjoyed a glass or two, but he learnt a fair bit while working at Thomas Hardy. d'Arenberg is one of McLaren Vale's top producers, and it remains in family hands (another thing we like), with Chester Osborn taking over the lead from his father d'Arry in recent years. Chester is a gifted winemaker, and namechecked by Robert Parker as one of the top 40 personalities in the wine industry. Their wines go from affordable everyday to the stuff of legend.
Made by the very talented and wonderfully idiosyncratic Osborns, the ever-popular Stump Jumps are invariably superb value, ... More>
The delightfully eccentric Osborn family never fail to entertain as they combine outstanding vinous abilities with a refined ... More>
Planted in the late 19th century and was the first to have a trellis above knee height. The standard modus operandi of ... More>
Dark, glistening, benchmark McLaren Vale, loaded aromatically with plum, cherry, liquorice, pepper and clove. Layers of ripe ... More>
The Eutypa lata fungus affects old grape plants by reducing one arm of the vine to dead wood. Although eventually terminal, ... More>