The Krondorf wine story is rich, colourful and steeped in Barossa Valley history, beginning in the 1850s with the establishment of the original Glenview winery. Fast forward over a century to 1978; and the Krondorf brand was launched by the legendary winemakers Grant Burge and Ian Wilson. Just two years later in 1980 Krondorf achieved Australia’s most acclaimed wine award winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy with a red `burgundy`.
The trophy established a tradition of success. Indeed, in just the last decade, Krondorf wines have won over 300 wine show medals, including multiple Trophies and scores of Gold and Silver medals. Throw in recent 90+ James Halliday ratings. Winestate magazine’s Top 5 Shiraz of the Year recognition; Double Gold in the San Francisco Wine Show; and a Trophy at the International Wine Challenge (UK) and you begin to get an inkling of how special the wines are from the Krondorf stable.
German settlers established the Barossa Valley in the early 1800s and later that century commenced commercial wine production. Some of the biggest names in wine today ensure this heritage will remain for generations to come. Koonunga, Seppeltsfield, and Bethany are among many brands that take their name from the region they were founded. Krondorf is one of the oldest areas in the Barossa with some of the oldest vines in the region – the Krondorf brand celebrates this history.
Australia’s most recognised and celebrated wineries including Rockford Wines and Grant Burge. It’s recognised, in wine circles, as a prestigious area that produces some of the most awarded wine in Australia, including the wine which won the 1980 Jimmy Watson under the Krondorf brand.
Krondorf wines today are made using a simple philosophy – select the best fruit, from the best vineyards, by the best growers. Krondorf takes fruit from only the best across the Barossa region to create wines truly reflective of the region.
Krondorf name and place – steeped in Barossa Valley history Established 1978. Winner of the 1980 Jimmy Watson Trophy Winemaker Nick Badrice – multi-award winning with 16+ years Barossa Valley winemaking experience. Krondorf wines have won over 300 wine show medals; 90+ James Halliday ratings; Winestate magazine’s Top 5 Shiraz of the Year recognition; Double Gold in San Francisco Wine Show; and a Trophy at the International Wine Challenge (UK).
Having spent his childhood and working life with the rich Barossa Valley soil underneath his feet, Krondorf Winemaker Nick Badrice naturally has an affinity for the region’s world renowned Shiraz style. It’s this connection to the Barossa Valley that sits behind Nick’s philosophy of creating wines with character and individuality, but which proudly speak of their regional home.
After growing up in the Barossa Valley and after leaving school, Nick’s career in wine began with some chance vineyard work in the Eden Valley. An invitation from renowned Riesling master John Vickery to work the following vintage at Leo Buring inspired and introduced Nick to a career in winemaking. Today, Nick has close to three decades of experience in the wine industry and over 16 years winemaking in the Barossa, Hunter Valley, Tasmania and Spain. Nick is the proud face and winemaker behind the Krondorf brand.
“There’s an inherent responsibility in respecting and building on Krondorf’s history and we are doing this by continually developing our old vine resources, small batch winemaking and showcasing regional style,” Nick says.
And while his heart and feet still remain firmly planted on Barossa Valley ground, Nick complements his experience exploring the regions of Spain having spent several vintages working throughout different regions. The Krondorf wine story is rich, colourful and steeped in Barossa history.