The celebrations have been a long time coming for the Calabria family as their expansion into Barossa comes to fruition.
“In 2007, the idea first surfaced and we started looking for different regions that we could extend our wine portfolio into. In 2010 the search started and my father, Bill Calabria, along with brother, Michael and I, found ourselves drawn to the warmth of Barossa Valley. After numerous trips to visit the region, we came across an old derelict vineyard that contained 100 year old vines, Bill touched the dirt and looked at us and said “This is it”. It was those three simple words that cemented us to our new home and for once we didn’t challenge or judge Bill’s statement, as we to could see the potential of the vineyard.” said Andrew Calabria, Sales Director and Third generation of the Calabria Family.
So began many years of nurturing the land to revive the vineyard to full potential.
“Everyone thought I should pull them out and start from scratch, but you would never get these one hundred years old vines again. I couldn’t let that history go.” Bill said.
Calabria Family Wines was established in 1945 but with a story spanning over 90 years, the family don’t shy away from the tough road travelled in their early days; determination, hard work and family vision are all hallmarks of the now flourishing company. Guided by second-generation Bill and Lena Calabria, the company is now managed by their children, the third generation; Frank, Michael, Andrew and Elizabeth.
On the anniversary and future of the family business, Elizabeth Calabria-Staltare said, “My brothers and I are very proud and extremely grateful for what our grandparents and parents endured to make the business what it is today. We plan to continue their legacy and pass the values we grew up with of working hard, being innovative and staying true to their vision, onto our own children.”
The Calabria family’s commitment to Barossa, with their portfolio growing considerably over the past decade, to now include three diverse vineyards and their beautiful 1800s bluestone Cellar Door overlooking the Barossa Valley floor.
Andrew Calabria explained, “In 2010 we became proud custodians of 100 year old Barossa Shiraz vines; “The William Vineyard” which was planted by the Hahn family. This was the beginning on what has been a very exciting time for Calabria Family Wines, which soon followed by an additional Barossa Vineyard purchase in 2012, “The Sophie Vineyard”. In March 2015, another opportunity presented itself and we are now the proud owners of a true Barossa Valley landmark; the picturesque ‘Magnolia Vale’ which comprises of 10 hectares of quality Shiraz fruit, a 1800’s bluestone cellar door building and award winning restaurant. Which will be known as ‘Elisabeth Estate’. The As a family we are building something we truly believe in. My family and I will continue to be the voice behind our wines and strive for success.”
“This is a dream of the family and we will endeavour to produce the highest quality of wines, which will mark the next step in our journey, reinforcing our commitment to the family company and Barossa region.” said Bill Calabria
A true melting-pot of cultures since settlement in the 1840s, the Barossa community are delighted to officially welcome this beautiful new addition to our region.