Turkey Flat

South Australia | Barossa Valley

James' Review

The establishment date of Turkey Flat is given as 1990 but it might equally have been 1870 (or thereabouts), when the Schulz family purchased the Turkey Flat vineyard, or 1847, when the vineyard was first planted - to the very old shiraz that still grows there today and the 8ha of equally old grenache. Plantings have since expanded significantly, now comprising shiraz (24ha), grenache (10.5ha), cabernet sauvignon (5.9ha), mourvedre (3.7ha), and smaller plantings of marsanne, viognier and dolcetto. The business is run by sole proprietor Christie Schulz. Exports to the UK, the US, China and other major markets.

About

Turkey Flat is more than just a vineyard and home of some of the best Barossa wines, it is a family business that forms a vital part of the region’s rich cultural history and heritage.

It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek where bush turkeys once roamed, that pioneer Silesian settler Johann Friedrich August Fiedler planted the first shiraz vines in 1847. His vines flourished and the land – Section One, in the Hundred of Moorooroo – was bought in 1865 by Gottlieb Ernst Schulz, a successful butcher who established a thriving retail business among the vines.

Butchering developed into dairying, but the vineyards were always kept, until the current generation made the transition from grape growing to winemaking. They transformed the historic bluestone butchers shop into the cellar door and heart of their Turkey Flat wine business, and made sure that the vines that Fiedler planted so long ago, now gnarled and twisted, are still a vital part of the process. And with good reason, for it is the intense, concentrated fruit from these ancient vines that set Turkey Flat wines apart and have made them sought after the world over.

Specialities

Shiraz, grenache.

Cellar Door

Information

Welcome to the old Schulz family butchers shop, now the heart of Turkey Flat and the home of our cellar door. This wonderful old bluestone building is tucked away on the edge of Tanunda, completely surrounded by our historic vineyards, which date back to 1847.

With the vines and our new winery just outside, and Barossa history all around, it is a wonderful place to try our wines and understand the history and heritage that have gone into them.

We love to see visitors and can easily be found off the Bethany Road just south of Tanunda.

Please note: We are closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Ph: (08) 8563 2851 Email: cellardoor@turkeyflat.com.au

Hours

Open 7 days, 11am - 5pm.

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Food

Information

Our 'Wine Food' menu is available daily to enjoy with your tasting or at your leisure over a shared bottle outside in the garden or around the open fire in cellar door (weather permitting).

Cuisine

small bites

Hours

Open 7 days, 11am - 5pm.

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Domaine Wine Shippers: dws@domwineship.com.au

International Sales Information

Please follow: https://www.turkeyflat.com.au/blog/international-distribution for International sales information.

Details

Turkey Flat LOGO
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Winemaker Mark Bulman
Established 1990
Dozens 20 000
Vineyards (area) 47.83 ha
Opening Hours 7 days 11–5
Address Bethany Road, Tanunda, SA 5352
Telephone (08) 8563 2851
Website www.turkeyflat.com.au