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d'Arenberg, Australia

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Winery Name: d'Arenberg, Australia
established 1912
Winemaker(s): Unsure
Other Details: d'Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. In 1912 Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, purchased the well established Milton Vineyards in the hills just north of the townships of Gloucester and Bellevue, now just known as McLaren Vale.

Joseph's son Francis Ernest ('Frank') Osborn left medical school, choosing to forsake the scalpel for pruning shears. Fruit from the 78 hectares of vineyards was sold to local wineries until his own cellars were complete in 1928. Dry red table and fortified wines were produced in ever increasing quantities to supply the expanding markets of the Empire.

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. It is understandable that by the 1970's d'Arenberg Wines had become very fashionable and had gained significant national and international profiles in less than 20 years.
Appellation(s) / Region(s): McLaren Vale
Website: d'Arenberg
Contact Details / Location: d'Arenberg is situated in the hills four kilometres north of the township of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, on an undulating triangle bordered by the Gulf St Vincent, eight kilometres to the west, and by the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, fifteen kilometres to the east, and is just 40 kilometres south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.

McLaren Vale is very close to the crystal clear waters of the Gulf St Vincent, as well as being at the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism region, with all its attractions.
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