A Twist of fate declared the Vandenberg family's arrival on the Limestone Coast of South Australia over 150 years ago.

From shipwreck to vineyard, the Vandenberg family has been defined by their strength and determination against a harsh and unforgiving land

This spirit lives on in every drop of Vandenberg wine.

If there’s anything the Vandenberg family knows to be true, it’s that just as a smooth sea never made a sailor, a gentle terrain has never made a winemaker.

In 1857, an intrepid young Dutchman took to the high seas as a merchant sailor in search of fortune, adventure and a better life. 10,000 miles and 88 days later, a terrible nor’westerly gale parted the 800-tonne Dutch vessel, from her anchor and dashed her against the rocks of South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

Of the 23 strong crew, only nine made it ashore with their lives. Among them was Ari Vandenberg, a man of uncommon courage and tenacity. Soaked and chilled to the bone by the frigid Southern Ocean, Ari looked out at the wreck that had almost claimed his life and vowed he would tame this wild land and make his mark upon it.

Four generations of grape growers and over 150 years later, Richie Vandenberg continues Ari’s legacy on the Limestone Coast, nurturing grapes from the soil to the bottle. Renowned as one of the the toughest captains in the Australian Football League, Richie’s grit and determination helped him lead a struggling Hawthorn team to victory, in the 2005 AFL Championship Cup.

The Ari Collection is Richie’s tribute to the indomitable spirit of his great-great-grandfather.

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Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is made to express the joys of life in a sun blessed country.

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Bouquet

Delicate, light straw in colour with a complex balanced aroma of lime, white stone fruits, nectarine and butterscotch.

Palate

Cellaring on creamy yeast lees for 9 months in finely grained French Oak has given this beauty its luxurious mouth feel in harmony with the wonderful fruit.

Food Pairing

Robe Rock Lobster, sweet corn puree and kombu dust.

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Shiraz

This Shiraz is the Limestone Coast in a glass – warm and inviting.

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Bouquet

Generous and rich plum, blackberry, mulberry and violet aromas provide a sense of expectation for what’s in store from this Shiraz.

Palate

Rich blackberry and blueberry fruits with a hint of sarsaparilla, deliver upon this expectation, making a flavor profile of warm raspberry jam-like fruit through a long persistent finish.

Food Pairing

Black-faced Suffolk Lamb, organic salt-bush berries, silky butter potato & smoked leek.

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The Melee

Parcels of Shiraz and Cabernet are harvested separately and expertly blended.

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Bouquet

Aromas of mint, blackcurrants and dark plums jump out of the glass.

Palate

Soft tannins, brooding black fruits, savoury spice and hints of the red earth this fruit was nurtured in, meld for a lingering finish and voluptuous mouth feel.

Food Pairing

Great Ocean Road confit of duck, slow roasted beetroot with a sour cherry sauce.

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Cabernet

A classic cool climate Cabernet from the iconic Terra Rossa soils of the Limestone Coast

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Bouquet

Ripe blackcurrant and mulberry fruit accompany mocha and cedary oak on the nose

Palate

A beautifully structured wine full of bright red fruit flavours and notes of cassis and blackberry. Toasted oak and a textured finish complement perfectly the fruit driven style.

Food Pairing

A beautifully structured wine full of bright red fruit flavours and notes of cassis and blackberry. Toasted oak and a textured finish complement perfectly the fruit driven style.

Australia’s Limestone Coast

A stellar combination of a cool maritime climate, long growing season as well as artesian water and nutrient rich soil, result in distinctive, premium quality wines which are rich in colour and structure.

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Padthaway

The Potawurutj Aborigines named this place Padthaway meaning, ‘good water’. A reputation or consistently producing premium quality wines, particularly Chardonnay and Shiraz

Mt Benson

A signature of the region is its own style of delicate, cool-climate, maritime-in uenced wines, particularly Shiraz, which have already begun to make waves within a very competitive Australian wine industry

Robe

A unique coastal geographical indication sitting between inland lakes, and alongside the cold Southern Ocean - a maritime in uence that imparts a higher level of acidity in its fruit than the rest of the Limestone Coast

Wrattonbully

Large tracts of terra rossa soil producing high quality fruit and, award winning wines – making Wrattonbully a real basket of plenty.

Coonawarra

Renowned as one of Australia’s nest wine regions and is particularly known for producing world class red wines especially

Mt Gambier

A new and emerging region with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showing great promise as does Sauvignon Blanc

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