Berton Vineyards was established in 1996 by Bob and Cherie Berton when they purchased a block of land in High Eden, a subregion of the Barossa Valley, South Australia. This idyllic property sits 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills - except for the Chardonnay block which is anything but gentle!
Bob and Cherie set about planting the first Berton Vineyard cuttings that spring - ten acres of Shiraz and seven acres of Chardonnay - without any permanent water - it wasn't until the following year, in 1998 when the dam filled that the vines got a decent drink!! It was due to these conditions and the seemingly hydrophobic podsolic soils that the vines struggled to become established. After a few years where the vines still looked like rootlings, a Swedish friend jokingly called it the bonsai vineyard - and the name stuck and later became the name of their premium Shiraz. High Eden has a high annual rainfall so the vines are looking good these days... but they still remember the early days every time they crack open a bottle of Bonsai! After the dam was established and water plentiful they went on to plant Cabernet sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
In 2005 the decision was made to purchase a winery to process the 1000 odd tonnes that was produced at the High Eden Vineyard. In 2005 when the former Southcorp winery in Yenda became available, Bob and Cherie joined with Jamie Bennett, Paul Bartholomaeus and James Ceccato to form Berton Vineyards the company. The winery was purchased and the guys moved to their new home in November 2005. For the next few months they were kept busy buying up fruit and arranging contact crushing for the 2006 vintage. In January 2006 the first grapes rolled across the weighbridge, and so began the scariest vintage they have all experienced! With very few staff they managed to crush and process 13,000 tonnes. Thankfully life at the winery has become easier since then!
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Berton Vineyards The Vermentino Metal Label
A fantastic example of a much underrated grape variety, usually found on the Italian island of Sardinia. Berton Vineyards planted Vermentino vines in their premium vineyard and produced a great wine.
An appetising pale lemon colour with aromas of tropical fruits combined with pear and citrus that jump from the glass. These flavours follow through to the palate creating a rich wine with a great depth of flavour and crisp acidity. Pairs well with light seafood dishes such as tempura prawns and, due to it's lightness, is a perfect appetiser.Learn More
Berton Vineyards White Viognier Metal LabelViognier, which is highly esteemed in the old world, is forging a strong reputation in Australia as a complex, full bodied and flavoursome alternative to Chardonnay. Bertons Metal Label Viognier is a fantastic example: with fresh flavours of citrus zest and tropical fruits that fill the palate and linger to create a long finish. Learn More
Berton Vineyards Classic Chardonnay Metal LabelMade in a similar style to its sibling, the Eden Valley Reserve Chardonnay that was highly rated in the Australian press. A cool climate style, this classic Chardonnay from Berton Vineyards is crisp and elegant and a fine example of what the region Padthaway produces.
Tropical fruit aromas and the typical Padthaway flavours of lime and grapefruit are in evidence, complimented by subtle oak. There’s great balance in the palate, with fresh tropical fruit and plenty of sweet/sour grapefruit softened by gentle oak tannins leading to a subtle and persistent finish. Learn More
Berton Vineyards Moscato Frizzante Metal LabelA wonderfully refreshing light white with a sweet and delicate palate that may remind you of Asti Spumante. And rightly so as the Berton Moscato Frizzante is made using the same grape variety, usually found in the Piemonte region of Italy.
Along with the light frizzante that tickles the palate, there’s an engaging orange blossom and musk aroma to tempt you in. The palate has delicate flavours of lychees and peach with floral undertones and is finished with a soft clean acidity. A perfect summertime sipper with only 7% abv and great with desserts. Learn More
Berton Vineyards, The Black Shiraz Metal Label
Possibly Berton Vineyards most popular wine. Full of spicy, yet soft blackcurrant fruit and still holding it's own at 14% alcohol, the wine is actually very approachable. The winemakers source the darkest and most flavoursome Shiraz grapes from premium areas across South Eastern Australia and make a wine that balances fruit and alcohol, but also looks great and is a reasonable price.
Strong, purple black and intense (hence the name) yet surprisingly soft and easy drinking for such a high alcohol wine – just how Aussie Shiraz should be!
Gold Medal: China Wine & Spirits Awards (2015 vintage)
Gold Medal: San Francisco IWC (2015 vintage)
Bronze Medal: Decanter World Wine Awards (2015 vintage)
Bronze Medal: International Wine Challenge 2016 (2015 vintage)Learn More
Berton Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Metal LabelBertons Metal Label Sauvignon Blanc has been specially selected from cool climate South Australian fruit.
Tempting aromas of lychee and fruit salad with underlying tropical notes lead into a palate with typical grassy notes and balanced acidity. Good structure and depth add to the long lingering finish. Learn More
Berton Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Metal Label
A lovely red that presents fine velvety tannins which go perfectly with the intense palate of ripe blackberries and blackcurrant jam. Its complexity and depth persist to a long flavour-some finish with just a touch of vanillin oak.
Gold Medal: China Wine & Spirits Awards (2015 vintage)Learn More
Berton Vineyards Reserve Botrytis SemillonDespite Riverina in NSW being Australia’s largest grower of wine it has a reputation for high quality, particularly for producing some of the best Botrytis affected wines. The Berton Reserve Semillon has a divine fragrance of orange peel, honey and sweet apricots with a fine juicy citrus taste, balanced with ripe fruit and honey flavours that carry through to beautifully balanced and persistent finish. Lush. Learn More
Berton Vineyards Reserve Barossa Shiraz
Barossa Shiraz is the benchmark for Australian red wines with the most famous of them, Penfolds Grange, using the large proportions of the variety from this area.
The Berton Reserve Shiraz is the darkest red but with a youthful and vibrant garnet hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit ranging from ripe black cherries and blackberries with hints of eucalyptus and spice. The rich and full palate displays soft flavours of plums, mulberry and hints of vanilla and blackberry, underpinned by vanillin oak and defined by exciting spicy tannins.
A fragrant bouquet of creamy Christmas cake leads into a multi-faceted palate of black fruit, prune, spice and a savoury undercurrent with affably dry, chalky notes. Bursting with quality. Decanter Best Value Red Rhone Varietals (2015 vintage)
Berton Vineyards Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra is renowned for producing world class red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon which is why Berton selected a parcel of grapes from this region for their best Cabernet. The combination of warm days with off-shore breezes, rich red loam over well-draining limestone gives the foundation for Coonawarra’s justified reputation.
If you enjoy rich, concentrated wines with blackberry, cassis and light toasty oak notes that combine to give a long persistent finish then this is the wine for you.
**Look out for the 2014 vintage that came in a number one with a score of 96 in Decanter Magazine Top 35 New World Cabernets. (March 2017)**
"Really approachable, excellent, reaching a real crescendo. Pure ripe fruit, menthol, cassis and coffee, tannins, all in perfect balance." The Wine Merchant Top 100 (2014 vintage)
Berton Vineyards High Eden Cabernet SauvignonFrom the relatively newly registered sub-region (High Eden) in the Eden Valley, Barossa, comes this stunning Cabernet from Berton Vineyards. This unspoilt area has a cool climate, high winds, low growing-season rainfall and relatively poor soils, not terribly appealing to us but perfect for the vines. The resulting grape harvest is low yield, further intensifying the fruit. The palate is intense and complex with ripe blackberry and cherry. Fine velvet tannins marry with vanillin coffee oak to create complexity and depth that persists to a long and flavoursome finish. Learn More
Berton Vineyards Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet
Berton use the grapes grown in their original Eden Valley vineyards to use in their flagship wines of which the Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet is one. So named, as the poor soil that is the success story behind this wine restricted growth to tiny rootling’s even after five years.
Open a bottle and you’ll find blackcurrant, plums and licorice on the nose and on the palate soft tannins and sweet toasty oak combine with ripe plum and black cherry.Learn More