There are certain names that are powerfully evocative of the Barossa Valley and its time-honoured traditions. Krondorf is one of them. One of the oldest and most respected names in Australian wine, Krondorf reflects a rich heritage of tradition, history and quality.
The tiny Barossa village of Krondorf was settled in the mid-1800s by Silesian immigrants who brought with them vine cuttings from their homeland. These vines became the basis for many of the Barossa’s early vineyards, some of which still survive today.
A dramatic return to form
The original Krondorf winery (initially named ‘Glenview’) was founded in the mid 1800s, but lay dormant until 1978 when a group including dynamic winemaker Grant Burge and visionary marketer Ian Wilson re-launched the Krondorf brand. Krondorf stormed on to the wine stage and in 1980 scooped one of Australia’s most coveted red wine awards, The Jimmy Watson Trophy. Today, Krondorf continues to create premium, wines made in the Barossa that are true expressions of their individual regions and varieties. The secret to Krondorf’s enduring success lies in the provenance of the grapes, which are sourced from the Barossa’s most coveted vineyard sites. These grapes create truly iconic, collectable wines with intense flavour, depth, and harmony.
Barossa to its core
Every wine in the Krondorf range is made from fruit grown in the Barossa. The highest echelon is reserved solely for the Symmetry range, crafted in tiny quantities from the top five per cent of Barossa fruit. Symmetry wines are only released after careful cellaring, and are so sought after and collectable that they sell out every year.
Meet Krondorf winemaker, Nick Badrice
Following study at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Nick’s winemaking career began as a cellar hand at Leo Buring. A year later he joined Dorrien Estate in the Barossa Valley and in 2001 stepped in to his current position as winemaker. During this time he also gained experience working three vintages in Spain on three different winemaking projects.
Nick’s favourite wine moment
“Tasting my first ever Garnacha at an outside bar in Priorat while working a vintage in Spain. It was great, it made sense, and whenever I taste a good Grenache now it always reminds me of that time.”
Nick’s winemaking philosophy
1. Respect (for all the stages, from grape to bottle).
2. Attention to detail.
“To make wines that are true to the vineyard site from where the grapes grew.”