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Kurtz Family Vineyards

Barossa Valley, Australia
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The idea for the formation of the Kurtz Family Vineyards is by no means unique. It commenced from a long family history of growing grapes, drinking the end product, and a desire to see wine made exclusively from their grapes.

Alfred Bernhard (Ben) Kurtz commenced growing grapes in the sub-region of Light Pass in the Barossa Valley in the 1930s, and this block is still worked to this day. Then, his son, Bernhard Otto Kurtz, commenced grape growing in 1957 at his Light Pass vineyard, and following, his grandson, John Bernhard Kurtz, moved to the existing vineyards in the early 1960s.

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THE BAROSSA VALLEY

Without a doubt, the most famous of Australia's wine regions are South Australia's Barossa Valley. Most of the country's largest wine companies' headquarters are there. Thus, winemaking and grape growing have been an integral part of the area's economic fabric for well over 150 years.

Many vineyards have belonged to the same families and have been worked by them for five or six generations. In addition, Barossa Valley is the land of the old vine with many vineyards of Shiraz, Grenache, and Semillon having vines ranging from 50 to well over 100 years of age. The concentration and intensity of fruit derived from these old vines show Barossa at its finest.

As the natives say, they make for a good spot to drink and definitely deliver what the consumer expects from South Australia wines. Full-bodied, mouth-filling, and loaded with layers of intensely-flavored fruit. The Barossa is also considered an institution among Australian wine lovers.

While there may be other regions that produce more wine and may even vie for bragging rights when it comes to quality, but to quote James Halliday: "The Barossa Valley is, and always will be, the womb of the Australian wine industry.