Kym Teusner and Michael Page | Ebenezer
“The Vines stayed in the ground where they belong, and Teusner Wines was born.”
The idea for Teusner Wines came to me at the pub after a couple of frosty Coopers.
I was sitting next to a couple of seasoned Barossa grape growers who were discussing the viability of their ancient Grenache vines. I had always had a passion for the heritage of the vines in the Barossa but due to low yields and the poor prices being paid by the 'big boys', these beautiful, gnarled old vines were facing certain destruction - and so were the growers.
After a few chats with my brother in law (and business partner) we took the punt and in 2002 raised the cash and bought the fruit from these classic vineyards.
The vines stayed in the ground where they belong, and Teusner Wines was born.
After completing a winemaking degree in Australia and being consumed by Rhone varietals, I saw an opportunity to make that earthy style in the Barossa - we had a similar climate, the same varieties and even the same soil types.
At that time, a celebrated viticulturist friend Michael Page moved to the Barossa to help me discover the best vineyards and the best fruit. So together we followed a dream, making traditional French blends using ancient Barossa fruit.
Michael and I have continued to learn and refine our blends, and as a result demand for Teusner Wines is growing. Our 2004 vintage received outstanding reviews from wine critics worldwide and sold out within 12 months. The overseas demand continues to grow, with requests received from the UK, US, Canada, Russia, Norway, Germany, Austria, Singapore and Israel!
The Teusner Wines philosophy is simple - to produce only exceptional, affordable wines by being very selective about the fruit sourced from well maintained vineyards.