d’Arenberg – possibly the best organic wine maker
There are a few ‘go to’ wineries offering values under $35 that are almost always a ‘sure thing’ | d’Arenberg is that ‘go to’ winery offering world-class organic wine experiences | plus they are environmentally responsible too! Thanks to winemaker Chester Osborn.
d’Arenberg – McLaren Vale Australia
d’Arenberg is an Australian wine company founded in 1912. All of their vineyards are located in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. You can identify their label with the distinctive diagonal red stripe. They offer eleven (11) wine ‘families’ at price points from modest to super premium.
My top recommendations under $35 are:
- D’Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache – a beautiful blend under $20
- Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier – under $30 – Shiraz-Viognier – a marriage made in heaven!
- Stump Jump Red – red table wine under $15
- Footbolt Shiraz – a wonderful highly rated Shiraz – under $20
- The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne – a beautiful bold white blend under $15
- The Derelict Vineyard Grenache – amazing expression of this varietal – under $30
Bottom line, if you see a diagonal red stripe and you can afford it, try it! Check out our d’Arenberg page for more choices | And if you want to know where these familiar label names originated, read on… Who do you trust as your Wine Advisor?
The d’Arenberg Story
d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler, sold his stable prize-winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, ‘Cellar Door’ and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant. Joseph’s son Frank joined him on the land and they set about acquiring some more vineyards.
In the early years, grapes were sold to other wineries before the winery was built in 1927 shortly after Francis (known as d’Arry) Osborn was born. d’Arry took full control of the business in 1957 and in 1959 he launched his own wine label named for his mother, Helena d’Arenberg. d’Arry then decided to put a red stripe on the label, inspired by his school days at Prince Alfred College, where he wore the crimson-and-white striped school tie.
d’Arry’s son Chester joined the business in 1984 as Chief Winemaker and makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.
Chester Osborn, fourth generation family member, and Chief Winemaker has forged a reputation for producing strikingly individual wines and melding tradition and innovation. He was born in 1962 and raised on the family property.
Discovering new varieties suited to the diverse terroir of McLaren Vale has been an ongoing passion for Chester. He has introduced many varieties to the region including Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Tempranillo, and Souzao and now makes wine from over 33 different varieties.
Making Wine, the d’Arenberg Way – Natural and organic wine – Environmental Sustainability
d’Arenberg vineyards use minimal input viticulture ensuring grape quality with environmental responsibility. This includes minimal or no irrigation, no soil cultivation, minimal spraying and most importantly, no fertilization. This natural and environmentally friendly philosophy encourages strong root system and low yields with concentrated flavors producing great organic wine.
d’Arenberg is the only winery in Australia to basket press both white wines as well as reds, making for a labor-intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile as the action is controlled and extremely gentle.
Find d’Arenberg wines at Wine.com
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