A.T. Richardson Wines

Victoria | Grampians

James' Review

Perth-born Adam Richardson began his winemaking career in 1995, along the way working for Normans, d’Arenberg and Oakridge Estate. Since that time he has held senior winemaking roles, ultimately with TWE America before moving back to Australia with wife Eva and children in late 2015. In 2005 he had put down roots in the Grampians region, establishing a vineyard with shiraz from old clones from the 19th century, and riesling. In ’12 he extended the vineyard plantings with tannat and nebbiolo. The wines are exceptionally good, and given his experience and the quality of the vineyard, that should not come as a surprise. He has also set up a wine consultancy business, drawing on experience that is matched by few consultants based in Australia. Exports to Europe.

About

By combining global winemaking experience with a regional flavour, ATR is bringing a bold and pioneering winemaking approach to the cool-climate Grampians.

Breaking the mould with cutting edge blends from alternate varieties and a modern approach to traditional varieties, ATR’s wines are a contemporary reflection of their place in the Australian bush. Continuing 160 years of Great Western winemaking heritage but focused forwards to create modern wines that surprise with their combination of complexity, approachability, age-worthiness and value.

Harmonious vineyard practices, small batch production with minimal intervention create wines with a vigorous focus on structure, balance and elegance, not just on flavour. Getting out of the way to not cloud this visibility through winemaking tricks or heavy-handed processing, the personality of ATR’s wines reflects the vineyard, not the winemaking.

The close-planted vines at the Hard Hill Road Vineyard are nestled along a ridge-line and surrounded by a eucalypt forest. In the morning, mobs of kangaroos can be seen bounding along the rows, and in the evening, flocks of sulphur-crested cockatoos settle in the redgum trees for the night. An adjacent knoll, named “Hard Hill” by the 1850's gold miners for the inhospitable nature of its slopes, epitomises the vineyard. The unyielding soil, characterised by ironstone and quartz outcrops, is ideal for growing the richly flavoured grapes so important to ATR Wines.

What makes ATR different? Rock climbing & winemaking. It may seem a leap to compare climbing to winemaking, but these two pursuits—both so close to Adam’s heart—actually require a very similar approach. Our property is located (not by accident) just outside the 168,000-hectare Grampians National Park, which comprises four distinct ranges of tilted sandstone that rise to more than 1,000 metres, providing thousands of dramatic climbing routes on its cliffs, bluffs, and pinnacles. Climbing is an exciting, adrenaline-charged activity that requires the climber to be at one with the environment and willing to take sensible risks. Likewise, in winemaking, you need to be in harmony with your vineyard but also prepared to push your boundaries to achieve that ultimate wine style.

Join Adam for a personal tasting and tour, and explore the possibilities opened by a worldly and modern approach to this ancient craft. Located just a few kilometres from the historic Great Western township and just a half hour from the ancient Grampians range, ATR Wines are open by appointment for winery visits and tasting.

Specialities

Shiraz, riesling, durif, nebbiolo, pinot gris

Cellar Door

Information

Join Adam for a personal tasting and tour, and explore the possibilities opened by a worldly and modern approach to this ancient craft.

Located just a few kilometres from the historic Great Western township and just a half hour from the ancient Grampians range, ATR Wines are open Thursday to Sunday for winery visits and tasting.

Hours

Open Thursday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm.

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Vic - Prime Wines
QLD - Select Wines

Details

ATR Wines logo
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Winemaker Adam Richardson
Established 2005
Dozens 2000
Vineyards (area) 7 ha
Opening Hours Thursday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Address 103 Hard Hill Road, Armstrong, VIC 3377
Telephone 0438 066 477
Website www.atrwines.com.au