When talking about the world of wine, geographical borders do not determine cultural differences, because throughout the ages, curious wine growers have traveled from home to foreign countries to get to know unknown regions, to learn new things, and at the same time to leave their own mark on the world. This has also happened in Australia, where journeys have been made from Europe for centuries. Along with other culture, European travelers have also brought vines to the country, and wine has been cultivated in the Barossa Valley in South Australia for almost 200 years.
The Barossa region has a mild Mediterranean climate, which means that summers are hot and dry and rain clouds occur mainly in winter. The climate conditions are ideal for heat and sun-loving grape varieties, and so the region cultivates plenty of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre varieties familiar from the Southern Rhône.
The cornerstone of Torbrecki winery's ideology is the traditional varieties of the region and their respect through careful garden work and minimal intervention. Following these two principles, the house creates rich, structured and long-lived wines year after year, which wine enthusiasts, wine lovers and collectors bring to their own cellars and to the wine lists of their restaurants. The work done by several generations in the farms shows itself in the wines as elegance and recognizability faithful to their origin. The world's true wine classics are made in the Barossa!
Torbrecki winery was founded in 1994 by David Powell and in a short time it has been selected to the list of the world's 100 best wine producers. The farm gets its name from the Scottish forest where David once worked as a lumberjack. Before setting up his own farm, David gained his spurs working at the equally famous Barossa Valley producer Rockford Breads. After finding a small garden plant with old vines growing without irrigation systems, the idea of own production began to take shape in David's mind. Due to the lack of resources, he started managing the vineyard according to his own principles, but only receiving his reward after selling the grapes. In this way, Torbreck was able to acquire grapes from fine orchards without having to look for loan-granting banks to acquire freehold land. Released in 1995, RunRig, which today has a cult reputation, was the farm's first wine, and rose extremely quickly to international awareness. Due to personal financial crises and somewhat turbulent disagreements, Powell finally left the winery he founded in 2013, and Peter Kight, who had been co-owner of the farm since 2008, took over the farm for himself. In the same year, the farm's winery was also completed, and less than ten years later, a cellar and tasting room suitable for receiving guests was also built on the farm.
90% of the farm's production is focused on red wines. Of the farm's 119 hectares of paddocks, 23 hectares are cultivated without using irrigation systems, even a larger part in rainier years. Necessary watering is done at night, when water evaporates as little as possible. All the grapes are picked by hand from the vines, 21 hectares of which are up to 80-165 years old. In addition to its own orchards, the farm works with 60 winegrowers. Some of the farmers cultivate their orchards already in the 5th or 6th generation. Due to the ideal climate, the grapes are generally healthy, but if necessary, organically approved substances are used for spraying against fungal diseases 3-4 times a year. The vitality and health of the vines is taken care of by manual pruning and thinning. The majority of the winery's energy needs come from solar panels. Torbreck is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.
Ian Hongell, confirmed with Kokolai blood, works as the farm's main winemaker. So, classics are created not only around the world, but also in the hands of Finns.
The farm's annual production is around 420,000 bottles.