Established in 1988, Dorrien Estate turns 30 this year, and to mark the occasion, they’ve re-launched the brand with an exciting new look. Although beauty is only skin deep, their new logo and label better reflects the history and quality you’ll find in every bottle of Dorrien Estate wine.
The winery is located in the heart of the Barossa on the old Dorrien settlement, which was once the railway centre of the Barossa. The railway used to send the region’s prized wines to other parts of Australia, and this link to far-flung regions is at the core of what Dorrien Estate does today: find the best grapes from passionate growers in the finest regions across Australia.
They work closely with hundreds of growers, which is why they experience one of the longest vintages out of any winery in Australia. Every year between January and June, Dorrien Estate’s winemakers travel thousands of kilometres to regions as diverse as Margaret River and the Great Southern in Western Australia; the Yarra Valley, Heathcote and King Valley in Victoria; Tumbarumba, Hilltops and the Hunter Valley in NSW; Canberra; the Coal River Valley in Tasmania, and every major wine region in South Australia.
The state of the art winery is able to process hundreds of grape parcels individually – they’re all fermented and matured separately. This care and attention is the reason why Dorrien Estate wines have won over 60 Trophies, 350 Gold medals and countless 90+ point reviews.
A list of Dorrien Estate winemakers past and present reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Australian wine. Their last Chief Winemaker, Corey Ryan, was lured across from the top job at McWilliam’s, while Mark Robertson (who Corey replaced) was poached by Penfolds to run their entire winemaking team!
Other legendary winemakers who have worked at Dorrien Estate include Nigel Dolan, John Glaetzer, Wayne Dutschke, Reid Bosward, Mike de Garis, Simon Adams, Hamish Seabrook.
Today, Dorrien Estate is in the capable hands of award-winning winemaker Nick Badrice. With a team of seven talented winemakers, Nick oversees a portfolio that’s praised by critics, earning Dorrien Estate James Halliday’s highest 5 Red Star rating.