This historic Seppelt property and its treasure trove of fortified wines dating back to 1878 was purchased by Janet Holmes à Court, Greg Paramor and Kilikanoon Wines in 2007, from Foster’s Wine Estates (now Treasury Wine Estates). Foster’s kept the Seppelt brand for table and sparkling wines, mostly produced at Great Western,Vic (see separate entry). In ’09 Warren Randall (ex sparkling winemaker for Seppelt at Great Western in the 1980s) acquired 50% of Seppeltsfield and became Managing Director. In February ’13, Randall increased his shareholding in Seppeltsfield to over 90%. The change also marks a further commitment to the making of table wine as well as more focused marketing of the fortified wines. On 31 March ’17 Seppeltsfield acquired the Ryecroft winery (with a production capacity of around 30000 tonnes) from TWE, together with 40ha of adjoining vineyard and water licences. Yet another similar acquisition of the historic Clare Valley Quelltaler Estate was announced in October ’17. It included the 1000-tonne winery and 365ha of owned/leased vineyards; it lifted Seppeltsfield's reported collective ownership from 2300ha to 2665ha of vineyards. Exports to Hong Kong and China.
Seppeltsfield, one of Australia’s most iconic wine estates, has a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851. Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa Valley by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt just 15 years after the settlement of South Australia. One of the largest and most modern wineries in the world of its time, Seppeltsfield went on to thrive as an artisan community throughout the early 1900’s.
Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate is considered a true national treasure of which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry.
Fiona Donald, Matthew Pick
7 days 10.30-5
730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, SA 5355
(08) 8568 6200