The story of Grant Burge is one of the past, the present, and the future. Planting their roots in the Barossa Valley in 1865, the Burges began as a family of devoted vignerons.
1855: John Burge arrives in the Barossa Valley from Wiltshire England
1865: Meshach Burge makes the first wine in the Burge winemaking history
1988: Fifth generation winemaker, Grant Burge, establishes Grant Burge Wines
James Halliday Five Star Winery 13 years in a row
For five generations, they spent their days toiling on the land, understanding the soil, and from it, growing grapes that would become the premium wines of today.
Every bottle of Grant Burge is made from a trinity of people, devotion and land, allowing the terroir to speak for itself through minimal intervention and careful vineyard management.
Vineyard management is overseen by Viticulturist Rodney Birchmore. The majority of our fruit is sourced from the southern half, where the climate isn’t as harsh as other parts of the Barossa, it has higher rainfall and more balanced and less stressed canopies.
The soils are generally rich deep red/brown medium clay/loam and are rich in nutrients with ideal water-holding capacity. These soils generally make wines with red berry fruit instead of big plummy ripe characters.
The Grant Burge team is dedicated to making a wide range of wines of the highest quality showcasing individual microclimates and characters. The common winemaking style is enhancing flavour, generosity and drinkability.
Grant Burge Wines craft big and bold reds for the drinkers who love this style, as well as a collection of very elegant and stylish wines. The versatility of the region is one of its greatest strengths.
Born in Gawler, on the edge of the Barossa Valley, Craig grew up with the wine industry around him. He started as a cellar hand with B Seppelt & Son in 1983, firstly at Chateau Tanunda and then later at Seppeltsfield. He lives on a property in Williamstown, and tends a small vineyard.
Craig joined Grant Burge Wines in 1993 as Cellar Manager and was soon promoted to Assistant Winemaker in 1994, Winemaker in 1995 and Senior Winemaker in 1997. Craig counts Grant Burge amongst his top mentors throughout his winemaking career – having started working with him from his first steps onto the winery and since finding his place within various other local, pioneering wineries where their figureheads were also of invaluable, life-influencing experience. His meteoric rise within the company is due to his enormous talents, leadership, inquisitive mind, and his unrelenting passion for winemaking.