The Wine Down

The history of the Burge family and their long association with winemaking in the region can be traced back to March 1855, when noted tailor John Burge immigrated to the Barossa from Hillcot, near Pewsey in Wiltshire, England with his wife Eliza and their two sons. John worked as a winemaker at Hillside Vineyards and his love of viticulture was passed onto his son Meshach, who continued the tradition making his first wine in 1865, while becoming a prominent community leader.

Meshach married Emma in 1883 and they had eight children. First-born Percival, established the Wilsford Winery near Lyndoch in 1928. Percival had two sons, Noel and Colin.

Colin and his wife Nancy had one son, Grant. Following in the footsteps of his father and forefathers before him, Grant carried the winemaking tradition into the 21st century. Throughout his career, Grant has been one of the most respected and innovative forces in the Australian wine industry.
The Grant Burge winemaking team is led by Chief Winemaker, Craig Stansborough. Craig believes attention to detail is of upmost importance when crafting beautiful Barossa wines. However, the team is blessed with fantastic fruit that requires polishing and shaping, rather than heavy-handed manipulation in the winery.

The breadth of the Grant Burge range is so vast, from Sparkling and Rosé wines to classic Shiraz, Grenache and fortified wines, but the common winemaking style is enhancing flavour, generosity and drinkability.

Grant Burge Wines craft big and bold reds for the drinkers who love this style, as well as a collection of very elegant and stylish wines that cater to drinkers who appreciate this style. The versatility of the regions used to source the grapes is one of its greatest strengths. With the combination of the best terroirs, the best climate and the best winemaking techniques, the natural result is the best wine. What drives the entire winemaking team is the hope that Grant Burge Wines are enjoyed and shared by family and friends, making memories that will last a lifetime.