Winemaker Sam Kurtz left his position as chief winemaker within the Orlando group in 2015, where he had worked for over 20 years. He had in fact helped life partner Bernadette Kaeding with the care of Red Art since 1996, when Bernadette purchased the nucleus of the vineyard. It had 1.49ha of 80-year-old dry-grown grenache; the remaining 3.95ha were planted over several years to shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and tempranillo. Until 2004 the grapes from the old and new plantings were sold to Rockford, Chateau Tanunda, Spinifex and David Franz. In that year Bernadette decided to make a small batch of wine (with advice from Sam) and continued to accumulate wine until '11, when she began selling wines under the Red Art label. With Sam onboard full-time it seems likely that all the grapes will be henceforth used in making the Red Art wines.
We are a family run micro winery in the northern Barossa, specialising in red wines. We grow all of our own grapes on our tiny five hectare single vineyard. All the vines are hand pruned, shoot thinned and handpicked; treating each vine individually to get the best from it. We have owned the vineyard since 1996. We handcraft the wine ourselves on site using the best of traditional methods such as open fermenters and gentle basket pressing, and combine with modern artisan approaches including wild yeast and whole bunch ferment. We create wine that is both great tasting and true to its single vineyard origins. We do tastings by appointment in our rustic winery.