Bert Salomon is an Austrian winemaker with a long-established family winery in the Kremstal region, not far from Vienna. He became acquainted with Australia during his time with import company Schlumberger in Vienna; he was the first to import Australian wines (Penfolds) into Austria, in the mid-1980s, and later became head of the Austrian Wine Bureau. He was so taken by Adelaide that he moved his family there for the first few months of each year, sending his young children to school and setting in place an Australian red winemaking venture. He retired from the Bureau and is now a full-time travelling winemaker, running the family winery in the Northern Hemisphere vintage and overseeing the making of the Salomon Estate wines. Exports to all major markets. -JAMES HALLIDAY
AUSTRALIAN TERROIR DRIVEN WINES WITH EUROPEAN HERITAGE
Looking for the perfect spot for their Australian vineyard, Bert and Gertrud Salomon came to Finniss River in South Australia. The wine growing area extends along the southeast shoulder of the Adelaide Hills, part of the Fleurieu Peninsula, a mere 10 km from the chilly Southern Ocean. Their passion for great red wines and their enthusiasm for diverse cultures let them become part Australians – this was almost 20 years ago.
SALOMON ESTATE bottles elegant Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged between 12 and 18 month in small oak barrels. These exceptional wines reflect the fruit of Australia with a European approach to winemaking. Always one to make the right decisions at the right time, Bert Salomon is helped by iconic Australian winemaker Mike Farmilo, longtime friend and former Penfolds chief red winemaker until 1997.
Bert and Gertrud Salomon bridge the old and the new wine world. Harvesting twice a year they commute between Finniss River/Australia and their famous white wine estate SALOMON UNDHOF which they run as the seventh generation in Austria.