De Bortoli – Australian wine company of the year
De Bortoli has been awarded Australian wine company of the year for the third year running by Winestate Magazine, Australia’s longest running wine publication, and the WineStar winery of the year. These awards are just some of many accolades given to the family-run company that covers two states and four wine regions producing 76,000 tonnes of grapes per year, making it the sixth biggest wine producer in Australia. However, this incredible success has been achieved in a just a couple of generations.
Seeking a new life
In 1927, young Vittorio De Bortoli arrived in Australia from his home village of Castelcucco in the alpine foothills of Veneto to start a new life on the red soil plains of Griffith, an area which was opening up to agriculture. He was a man with a strong work ethic and the ability to grow things and two years later he bought some land and planted it with vegetables, fruit trees and grapevines. His young bride Guiseppina joined him from Italy and the family grew to include two daughters and one son, Deen, while Vittorio entered the wine business to quench the thirst of the growing numbers of Italian workers coming into the area. “My father never learned to read or write but he sure knew how to count,” recalled Deen De Bortoli in Celebrazione, a book about 75 years of the De Bortoli family story.
Vision and innovation
Deen had a vision for expansion which often exceeded his father’s more modest ambitions but his daring and adventure combined with the wine-making talents of his own son Darren brought the company national and international fame.
A family business
The current generation of De Bortoli in the wine business are all siblings – Darren, Leanne, Kevin and Victor. Mother Emeri became Chair of the Board following Deen’s death in 2003 and Steve Webber, a family member by marriage, is the highly respected chief winemaker at Yarra Valley’s De Bortoli wines.
De Bortoli in Dubai
And the wines themselves? – to quote WineStar “it’s the sheer drinkability of the wines that possess the charm and interest winemakers Steve Webber and Sarah Fagan search for.” Our MMI customers agree, with De Bortoli Family Selection proving some of the most popular and affordable choices in our shops. De Bortoli Noble One, internationally acclaimed dessert wine, is perfect if you are looking for something sweet. You can read more about the De Bortoli wines and legacy on their website and this video gives a further glimpse into the life of this family of wine-makers.
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