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Kurtz Family Wines

The concept behind the establishment of Kurtz Family Vineyards is rooted in a rich family history and a deep connection to grape cultivation and winemaking. The idea took shape from generations of growing grapes, enjoying the final product, and a shared aspiration to create wines exclusively from the family's own vineyards.

The lineage begins with Great Grandfather Alfred Bernhard (Ben) Kurtz, who initiated grape cultivation in the sub-region of Light Pass in the Barossa Valley during the 1930s. The same vineyard block he worked on back then continues to be cultivated to this day. Grandfather Bernhard Otto Kurtz continued the family tradition, starting grape growing at his Light Pass vineyard in 1957. In the early 1960s, John Bernhard Kurtz and Erril, his parents, relocated to the existing vineyards.

The family's involvement in the wine industry gained momentum when the current generation, now represented by the spokesperson, worked several vintages at Saltram Wines in the Barossa. This was followed by roles at various locations within Orlando Wines. From the 1990s to September 2006, there was a significant tenure at Fosters Wine Estates, where the spokesperson had the privilege of working alongside winemaking luminaries like Nigel Dolan, Caroline Dunn, and John Glaetzer. The experience gleaned from Fosters paved the way for a decision to concentrate on an independent winemaking journey.

The hope is that the family tradition of grape cultivation in the Light Pass area will endure for many vintages to come. There's a vision for the legacy to continue, with the possibility that future generations, perhaps the spokesperson's boys, will carry on the tradition of growing grapes and making wine, as their forebears have done for nearly eighty years.

Today Steve Kurtz is the grape grower and winemaker produce honest Barossa Valley wines.

 


  • Kurtz Family Wines Uncle Tony's Mataro 2021

    • Kurtz Family Wines Uncle Tony's Mataro 2021
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    • Kurtz Family Wines Uncle Tony's Mataro 2021

      Uncle Tony's Mataro 2021, crafted by Kurtz Family Vineyards, stands as a celebration of one of the Barossa's finest varieties. This rich, dense, and fleshy wine unfolds with aromas of sweet piquant spices and dark fruits, intricately layered with notes of liquorice, tar, and dark rose florals. The finish is...

      $36.00

  • Kurtz Family Wines Light's Pass Grenache 2023

    • Kurtz Family Wines Light's Pass Grenache 2023 Halliday Badge 91 points
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    • Kurtz Family Wines Light's Pass Grenache 2023

      The Kurtz Family Light Pass Grenache 2023 is a vibrant, fruit-forward wine that reflects the vision of the Kurtz family for a refreshing summer red. Unveiled without the influence of oak maturation, this wine bursts with lively aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and ripe red plums, accompanied by subtle hints of...

      $25.00

  • Kurtz Family Wines Boundary Row Shiraz 2021

    • Kurtz Family Wines Boundary Row Shiraz 2021 Winefront Badge 93 points
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    • Kurtz Family Wines Boundary Row Shiraz 2021

      Colour: Deep purple-red. Nose: A distinctive regional nose of blackberry, blueberry, red plums and dark chocolate, with complex savoury notes of black olive, fresh coffee and warm spices layered with fine oak aromatics. Palate: The palate is rich and generous, with juicy dark-berry and plum flavours, complex earthy notes, mocha...

      $30.00