Owner Rob Turnbull moved to Australia from the UK in 1997, at that stage without any experience in the wine industry other than drinking it – and landed a vintage start with Peter Lehmann. One thing led to another in every part of the business, including study at the University of Adelaide. Fifteen years later he took the plunge and started his own business, calling on many of his friends as he built a portfolio of wines made by various winemakers using grapes grown in SA. His brief to those winemakers was simple: to make wines they’d want to take to dinner themselves. No capital cost, just working capital – then he went and spoilt it by purchasing tanks and equipment for the ’19 vintage. But he does have an admirable marketing plan: make alternative varieties for Dan Murphy and mainstream varieties for export. The wine quality and value for money is good, the labels cleverly designed. Exports to the UK, Canada, NZ and China.
Rob Turnbull worked with a variety of different wineries for 15 years before starting out on his own. Remarkable State Wines is his way of making wines with his winemaker friends in different wine regions across South Australia. The brief to his mates is simple, make wines you’d want to show your friends, wines that demonstrate the character of the region but don’t require a master of wine degree to understand. That’s why we make everything from Barossa Shiraz, Eden Valley Riesling and Coonawarra Cabernet to Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. We’re small batch winemakers choosing style over quantity and fun over mundane. There’s no cellar door or masterclass tastings, just good honest wine made for the drinker.