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Monday 4 February 2019

Calabria family spreads its wings to the Barossa

The Calabria family has been making wines in the Riverina region for 74 years but will this week celebrate the launch of its new base in the Barossa Valley.

Bill Calabria AM, patriarch of Calabria Family Wines, visited the iconic Barossa Valley a decade ago and made a decision that the family should spread its wings to South Australia.

Bill, wife Lena and their four children this week celebrate the opening of their Barossa Valley cellar door in the former Artisans of Barossa facility.

The picturesque Barossa landmark is situated in the outskirts of Tanunda and comprises a modern cellar door, tasting bar, restaurant and 10 hectares of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon vines.

Managing Director Michael Calabria said: “We wish Artisans of the Barossa all the best on their new venture, as they open the doors to their new wine room and bar in Tanunda. They have been instrumental in bringing a new era of wine and food to the cellar door in the Barossa Valley.”

Third-generation siblings Frank, Michael, Andrew and Elizabeth Calabria will work alongside the team from Harvest Kitchen, who will remain in residence.

“We are looking forward to partnering with the Harvest Kitchen team to continue to bring honest and flavoursome food and wine of the Barossa Valley,” said Michael Calabria.

Established in 1945 Calabria will remain based in the Riverina, where their award-winning wines include the Three Bridges label and Italian varietal range: Calabria Private Bin.

Michael Calabria said: “As a family, we saw the Barossa as Australia's equivalent to the Napa or Bordeaux regions which supports our vision of pursuing a more diverse and premium wine portfolio. This is such an exciting time for us and we have to thank our Dad, Bill, for pouring hours into the care of the vineyard and refurbishment of the cellar door. He has an affinity with the Barossa and the whole community has been exceptionally generous and supportive.”

The Calabria Family are owners of three premium Barossa Valley vineyards including the 2012 purchase of The Sophie Vineyard and the 2010 purchase of The William Vineyard, originally planted by the Hahn family in 1914 and the source of their new vintage release, Calabria The Iconic Reserve Shiraz 2014.

Calabria Family Wines Barossa Valley is on the corner of Magnolia and Light Pass roads, Vine Vale will be open daily from 11am-6pm. Harvest Kitchen will be open seven days for lunch from 11:30am and late on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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