THE JOURNEY

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.

THE SURVIVAL

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.

THE Vow

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 toughest captains in the Australian football league, Richie’s grit and determination helped him captain the Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 to 2007.

EXPLORE OUR COLLECTION

In 1857 The Koning Willem II foundered on the rocks of the Limestone Coast, after parting with her anchor in a westerly gale. Ari Vandenberg was one of the nine survivors. As he looked back at the wreck that had almost claimed his life, he vowed to tame this wild land and make his mark upon it. The Ari collection takes the tenacity and determination of Ari Vandenberg and harnesses that spirit into its wine making.

Shop Collection