The peaceful hilltop overlooking the contoured vineyard is a sanctuary for the resident kangaroos and parrots that find shelter amidst the mature box trees. Albert Presser was the last inhabitant of the stone settlers cottage, built from stone collected on the farm. The vines planted soon after European settlement in the mid-1800s have gradually been replaced over time, the oldest are now Shiraz and Grenache vines planted in the 1960s. Most of the vineyard is now planted with mature Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. This vineyard was chosen due to its south eastern exposure, red loam soils over deep gravelly clay and fractured rock, mature vines and its proven ability to produce grapes of the highest quality.
Tarrawatta sits in the Barossa Ranges, a wild and rolling band of hills that forms the Eastern edge of the Barossa Valley. The view from the top of its many hills seems endless, its colossal ancient red gum trees look small from above. Originally spelt ‘Terraworta’ from the local indigenous language, the name was changed soon after European settlement to Tarrawatta, after one of the local Indigenous Peramangk family groups. Tarrawatta is undeveloped but has great viticultural potential. We plan to plant small parcels of vines in only the best sites to protect the property’s natural beauty.
Tarrawatta has strong links to the first European settlement of South Australia and was originally part of a prized country estate that included Collingrove and Lindsay Park. The original estate was surrounded by endless park like grazing country and included extensive, grand English style gardens. Along with the gardens and orchards came some of the first grape vine cuttings in the region, planted at Old Tarrawatta in the 1840s. Cuttings from the vines originally planted at Old Tarrawatta are likely to have parented many of the revered old vineyards throughout the Barossa Ranges.