Tscharke wines are an expression of true varietal character whilst retaining the unique influence of terroir and seasonal variation. Our winemaking techniques must allow us to preserve the fruits of our land for others to enjoy as wine for many years to come.
The Tscharke family’s name stretches back to the mid-1800s as one of the first settling families in the region, and the family has relished its rich history of farming and grape growing ever since.
The love of producing grapes was passed through the family to reach sixth generation farmer and vigneron, Damien Tscharke, who in the year 2000 completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in viticulture and oenology with honours.
Having worked on his family’s vineyards for more than 30 years, he has developed an intimate knowledge and passion of the vineyard sites and their unique terroir in the sub appellations of Marananga and Seppeltsfield.
The past 16 years have seen Damien take the winery to new levels, being awarded the prestigious 2004 Peter Olson Fellowship for Innovation and outstanding Performance in Agriculture was a definite high point. Damien continues to raise the bar in progressive and sustainable winemaking practices in the Barossa Valley.
In 2001 the first vintage of Tscharke wines was produced under the roof of the original farm implement shed on the Stonewell property. This shed formed the foundation for the modern winery that today produces all of the Tscharke Estate Wines. Tscharke’s Winery was built with the intention to specialise in single vineyard wines using traditional wine making techniques right through to modern facilities that enable Tscharke to produce fresh aromatic white wines.
The versatile winery allows for the production of world class wines using techniques such as, whole bunch fermentation, heading down boards during fermentation and maceration, cold soaking and pressing using a traditional basket press or the first of its kind in Australia, an Inertis Bag press that presses off ferments under inert gas.
Tscharke’s oak regime involves a careful selection of oak from different forests across France. All our barrels are produced from oak seasoned and coopered in France. The close relationship with our cooperage enables us to select the best forests and casks for each of our estate wines. The result is well-balanced wines that are complemented with incredible oak.