Willem Kurt Wines

Victoria | Beechworth

Our Review

This is the venture of Daniel Balzer and Marije van Epenhuijsen; he with a German background, she Dutch. The name of the winery is drawn from the middle names of their 2 children: Willem (Dutch) and Kurt (German), in each instance reflecting long usage in the 2 families. Daniel moved into the wine industry in 1998 having already obtained a science degree, working first at Yarra Ridge (including a vintage in Germany) before moving to Gapsted Wines in 2003, then completing his bachelor of wine science at CSU the following year. Seven years were given over to contract winemaking for smaller producers and it was inevitable that sooner or later they would start making wine for their own brand. They currently lease a vineyard in Beechworth and buy select parcels of fruit. Beechworth is the region they know and love best, and they began planting their own vineyard in ’17 with 0.6ha of chardonnay, 0.6ha of shiraz following in ’18, and 0.6ha of vermentino in '19. The quality of the wines made to date suggests it should succeed. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Winemaker Daniel Balzer
Established 2014
Dozens 500
Vineyards (area) 1.6 ha
Viticulturist Daniel Balzer
Opening Hours By appt
Address 365 Buckland Gap Road, Beechworth, Vic 3747
Telephone 0428 400 522
Website www.willemkurtwines.com.au