Founded in the year 1912, d’Arenberg is an Australian wine company located in the South Australian wine-rich area of McLaren Vale. While most of the grapes for creating the d’Arenberg wines are sourced from this region, a few fruits are also sourced from the vineyards located in the areas of Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
The trademark feature of the d’Arenberg wine brand is that it uses the conventional basket pressing method while producing red and white wines. Currently, it is the only winery in Australia to follow this method. The flagship wine from the stables of d’Arenberg is the Dead Arm Shiraz, made from the Shiraz grape varietal that has been infected with fungus.
All the vineyards from where grapes are sourced for this brand’s wines are classified as organic and biodynamic-certified. Low yields, strong root systems and retention of the soil’s natural quality are the main environment-friendly principles responsible for the natural acidity and concentrated flavours of the fruits grown here.
For creating white wines, the grapes are basket-pressed before the fermentation process, whereas for creating red wines, this process is done after the fermentation. Lees are used for the ageing process to keep the winemaking process as natural as possible.
If you are interested to know more about the wines and winemaking process at d’Arenberg, you can visit the newly constructed structure, known as the d’Arenberg Cube. This is more than a cellar and is nestled well within the vineyards. Constructed by expert winemaker Chester Osborne, this five-floor building features a restaurant, room to identify wines, virtual fermenter to make you understand the winemaking process, a video room that rotates the full 360-degree cycle and a museum.
The McLaren Vale wine region in Australia, with its Mediterranean climate, is ideal for cultivating grapes such as Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo, Cabernet and more.