Grant Burge Wines
Located in the heart of South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Grant Burge Wines was formed in 1988 by the eponymous Mr Burge and his wife Helen.
After joining the Accolade Wines stable in 2017, the winery has flourished both nationally and internationally, producing wines to acclaim from wine writers and wine lovers alike thanks to an unwavering focus on beautiful Barossa wines.
Grant Burge’s winemaking team is led by Chief Winemaker, Craig Stansborough. While he believes that attention to detail is of upmost importance when crafting beautiful Barossa wines, the team is blessed with fantastic fruit that requires polishing and shaping, rather than heavy-handed manipulation in the winery.
The breadth of the Grant Burge range is wide-ranging, from sparkling and rosé wines to classic Shiraz, Grenache and fortified wines. However, the winemaking style that links them all is the commitment to enhancing flavour, generosity and drinkability.
As well as big and bold reds for the drinkers who love this style, Grant Burge has also curated a selection of elegant and stylish wines that cater to drinkers who appreciate this style. The versatility of the region is one of its greatest strengths.
The Meshach Shiraz holds an outstanding classification from Langtons and the Grant Burge Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV remains one of the most popular Australian premium sparkling wines over $20.
What drives the entire winemaking team is the hope that Grant Burge wines are enjoyed and shared by family and friends, making memories that will last a lifetime.
The Barossa is famous around the world for its premium table wines and Grant Burge is one of the most recognised winemakers of the region. Together with the Mediterranean climate, the diversity of terroir and elevations provides the perfect environment to make a range of ultra-premium wines.
The region consists of two distinct valleys. The Barossa Valley floor is 200–250 metres above sea level, with rich, red-brown, deep, alluvial soils ideal for red wine grape growing.
This contrasts with the high altitude Eden Valley, which sits at 500 metres above sea level with rocky, acidic and grey schist soils ideal for cold climate viticulture. Together, these geographical features make up the Barossa.
Craig Stansborough, Senior Winemaker
Craig Stansborough began in the industry in 1983 at Seppeltsfield. He then worked for Seppelts at Great Western until 1992 and took a year off to look after his young daughter before joining Grant Burge Wines in 1993 as Cellar Manager. He moved up through the company to finally become Chief Winemaker in 2006. He was anointed Winemaker of the Year at the Barons of the Barossa in 2014.
Craig has a background in cellar work, so he continues to be involved in a hands-on way, especially at vintage. His approach includes a degree of inquiry, with a keen eye for improving the winemaking practice wherever possible. Craig’s philosophy is focused on making wine that people want to drink.
While he is passionate about the big full-bodied red wines for which the Barossa is famous, he also believes the region offers an opportunity for creative winemakers to make top quality elegant wines.
“Certainly, one thing I do as chief winemaker is to push our guys to push themselves. To make sure they try different things… I don’t think we want to be constrained. I’ve got a pretty vivid imagination when it comes to some styles – I picture things in my head and try and bring them to fruition.”