Charles Melton

South Australia | Barossa Valley

James' Review

Charlie Melton, one of the Barossa Valley’s great characters, with wife Virginia by his side, makes some of the most eagerly sought à la mode wines in Australia. There are 7ha of estate vineyards at Lyndoch, 9ha at Krondorf and 1.6ha at Light Pass, the lion’s share shiraz and grenache, and a small planting of cabernet sauvignon. An additional 30ha property was purchased in High Eden, with 10ha of shiraz planted in 2009, and a 5ha field of grenache, shiraz, mataro, carignan, cinsaut, picpoul and bourboulenc was planted in ’10. The expanded volume has had no adverse effect on the quality of the rich, supple and harmonious wines. Exports to all major markets.

About

Since the first vintage of Charles Melton Wines in 1984, this small Barossa Valley winery has gained both national and international recognition for its premium red table wines. The wines move from a light red, ‘The Rose of Virginia’, described by Anthony Rose in London’s Observer newspaper as, ‘The Best Rosé in Australia’, through to Australia’s premier Rhone-style red, ‘Nine Popes’. Charlie Melton also makes small quantities of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling Shiraz, and is the only Australian producer of a vin-santo styled dessert wine, Sotto di Ferro.


Charlie was one of the first to recognise the value and tradition of the Barossa’s old vineyard Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. At a time when others were pulling out vineyards of Shiraz to plant more fashionable varieties, Charlie was convincing farmers to keep their historic vineyards. He was one of a small group of winemakers who helped retain the viticultural heritage of the Barossa.


Great emphasis is placed on the quality of fruit, with all grapes dry grown and harvested from the winery’s own 50 acres of prime Barossa vineyard land as well as from a select group of grape-growers. Yields are extremely low with often only one tonne to the acre and the vineyards are truly old with many exceeding 80 years.

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Hours

7 days 11am - 5pm

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Food

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Accommodation

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The Kirche @ Charles Melton Wines provides guests with a luxury accommodation experience in the Barossa Valley.
Kirche is German for church. “The Zum Kripplein Christi” Lutheran Church was the centre of village life from 1864 through to the 1950’s. Charlie and Virginia have taken this unique, historical building and tastefully turned it into superb luxury vineyard accommodation without compromising the wonderful warmth and space evident in its origins. Situated on beautiful Krondorf Road, only five minutes from Tanunda, it offers a tranquil setting for either a long term or short term stay in the famous Barossa Valley, well within easy distance of all the Barossa’s charms of great food, wine and architecture.
A simple stroll up the driveway to Charles Melton Wines, this charming unique piece of history allows guests to get lost in our world, relax in this home away from home and enjoy the picturesque vineyard scenery.
A delicious supply of local cooked and continental breakfast provisions, complimentary cheese plate and a bottle of Charles Melton wine all invite you in upon arrival.
We pride ourselves on a product and service that meets your needs and desire, as well as the privacy and seclusion you hope for.
Please, come and join us........ Stay in a piece of Barossa History!!

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Trade Enquires
Darren Erbsland
Fine Wine Liaison
0437 603 992 or darren@charlesmeltonwines.com.au

Details

Rating
Winemaker Charlie Melton, Krys Smith
Established 1984
Dozens 15 000
Vineyards (area) 32.6 ha
Opening Hours 7 days 11–5
Address Krondorf Road, Tanunda, SA 5352
Telephone (08) 8563 3606
Website www.charlesmeltonwines.com.au