The Randall Wine Group has become the biggest vineyard holder in McLaren Vale following the acquisition of four additional vineyards in the area.
The company owns the historic Seppeltsfield Estate winery in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and has joint venture with the Minquan Jiuding Wine Company in China’s Henan province, the Chateau Seppeltsfield Minquan winery.
The Randall Wine Group acquired 100% of McLaren Vale winery Tinlins Wines three years ago and all of the new vineyard acquisitions in the region were purchased under the Tinlins banner. The largest of these is the 60 hectare Sellicks Hill vineyard (above).
All of the four new vineyards, which cover 142 hectares, are planted to red varieties with 50% planted to cabernet sauvignon.
The new acquisitions take Randall Wine Group’s McLaren Vale holdings up to 750 hectares.
Executive chairman Warren Randall told the Adelaide Advertiser: “It is simply the equal of the Barossa in terms of fruit quality and it spreads our risk across two of Australia’s best viticultural areas/
“Risk mitigation is essential in these days of increasing challenges from global warming.
“McLaren Vale is a proven performer for the Randall Wine Group – and has been for many years. McLaren Vale also has a track record of healthy rainfall; and we have good access to other water. In short some of our best results over time have emanated from ‘the Vale’.”
‘Statement acquisition’ by Randall Wine Group
Seppeltsfield pulled off a ‘statement acquisition’ in the Barossa Valley in August, buying 800 acres of Tanunda Hill vineyards from a private investment group.
Randall (above) described it as “a very powerful statement of intent from our business.”
He explained it reinforced the company’s belief in the importance of the Barossa as Australia’s premier winemaking region, and its “strong desire and commitment to supply the burgeoning demand for luxury Australian red wine in China“.
“The acquisition of another 800 acres now brings our total vineyard holdings in the Barossa to 4000 acres, the largest ever vineyard holdings by a single producer in the Barossa Valley since vineyards were first planted by European settlers in 1843,” he said.
“This brings Seppeltsfield holdings to 20% of the Barossa’s total red vineyards, putting us in a strong position to consistently supply in excess of 12 million bottles of Barossa luxury red wine to the world.”