Virgara Wines

South Australia | Adelaide Plains

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In 1962 the Virgara family - father Michael, mother Maria and 10 children - migrated to Australia from southern Italy. Through the hard work so typical of many such families, in due course they purchased land (1967) and became market gardeners, acquiring an existing vineyard in Angle Vale in the early ‘90s. The plantings have since been expanded to almost 120ha of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, malbec, merlot, riesling, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and alicante bouschet. In 2001 the family purchased the former Barossa Valley Estates winery and today the second generation of the Virgara family run the estate, employing ex-Palandri (and before that, Tahbilk) winemaker Tony Carapetis. Exports to the US, Canada, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.

About

Virgara Wines is located at Angle Vale, a small town 35 minutes north of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The Adelaide Plains region is known for its temperate and ideal maritime Mediterranean climate, where the vines thrive in the mild sunny conditions and rich red soil over limestone. It was the natural place for the Virgara family to establish their winery. The fertile soils of the Adelaide Plains, combined with the long sunlit days and cool nights, ensure premium growing conditions for some of the finest grapes and produce in Australia. The lush grounds and extensive lawns surrounding the winery make it an incredible setting for family and friends to gather for the great Australian tradition of a barbeque, food, wine and fun. Virgara Wines is a significant stakeholder in the increasingly popular Adelaide Plains wine region, which is one of South Australia’s oldest wine-producing areas. This now re-emerging region is creating enormous interest due to the unique, intensely coloured and richly flavoured wines. The Virgara family and their passion for wine is creating a new taste sensation - the blending of Italian winemaking tradition with the distinctive flavour of the Adelaide Plains.

Specialities

Shiraz, Cabernet, Sangiovese, Merlot

Cellar Door

Hours

Closed Mondays and Public Holidays, Tues to Fri 10-5, weekends 11-5

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Food

Information

Sneaky's Restaurant

Cuisine

Italian

Hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-late

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Details

Virgara Wines logo
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Winemaker Tony Carapetis
Established 2001
Dozens 50 000
Vineyards (area) 118 ha
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 10-5, w'ends 11-5
Address 143 Heaslip Road, Angle Vale, SA 5117
Telephone (08) 8284 7688
Website www.virgarawines.com.au