Winemaker Charles Melton and his partner Virginia Weckert have specialised in the production of limited release, premium red wines made from Barossa grapes since 1984. It was in the mid 1980's that Charlie and a small band of Barossa winemakers turned their winemaking efforts to what was then considered a couple of unfashionable varieties, Shiraz and Grenache.
With these varieties, Charlie built a small range of classic dry reds including a Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre blend called the Nine Popes. Initially these wines were styled on those from the Rhone, but are now considered leading examples of the varieties in their own right.
However, Charles Melton is not confined to full bodied reds alone. They also produce a light red - The Rose of Virginia, and a unique traditional Australian style Sparkling Red and have added a new member, Sotto di Ferro, which is a Vin Santo style desert wine.
These wines exhibit richness and finesse that are the hallmarks of the Barossa's finest wines. They have always attracted national and international recognition. Enduring commitment to dry farmed vineyard and careful crafting of the wine will ensure this continues.