Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of two similar sounding grapes following a chance crossing in the seventeenth century. Growers suspected this due to the closeness of their names and the shared characteristics with both Frank and Blanc. It’s also pretty fly (for a red wine).
In 1842 a 32-year-old Blacksmith, Christian Auricht, arrived from Prussia with his wife and four children. He settled in the new village of Langmeil and established a forge in what was to become a thriving trading post. His original smithy remains to this day and is a feature of the winery’s heritage setting.
Commissioned by George Fife Angas in 1836, German geologist, Johann Menge, made extensive inspections of New Silesia, now better known as the Barossa. Having surveyed the region, he wrote a prophetic letter to his employer reporting that “your land is and will prove the kernel of this province.”