With possibly the most well-known name in Australian winemaking, you may be surprised to find out that Chris Ringland is actually a New Zealander. From humble beginnings in South Auckland, making his first wine with grapes ‘obtained’ from neighbours’ backyards, he now produces some of the most sought-after red wines in the world.
He developed his unique style working with Robert O’Callaghan at Rockford Wines in the Barossa for 15 years. While there, he was allowed to pursue a small personal project that became the iconic Three Rivers Shiraz (now under his own name).
These wines are micro-production with a common thread, using extremely old pre-phylloxera vines, and the grapes only picked at full ripeness. Only French oak is used and the wines are neither fined nor filtered.
Barossa Valley, Australia