About Us

Patritti was founded in 1926 by Giovanni Patritti and is Adelaide’s only remaining 100% family owned, fully operational urban winery.

The historic winery is located on a suburban street, just 12km from Adelaide’s city centre in Dover Gardens.  Despite this unique location, Patritti is a genuine “grapes to glass” operation.  The winemakers and production team have total control over winemaking operations from vinification to packaging.

With respect to our family values and authentic tradition of hard work, the Patritti team, work with integrity and strive for excellence
to produce wines that deliver not only high quality but high value to our customers and trade partners.

Patritti is a long time five red star winery in the Halliday Wine Companion and regularly achieves accolades and recognition
in Australian and International wine competitions.

Vineyards

In the late 1950’s, the city of Adelaide was growing, and the original family vineyards that surrounded the current winery site were lost to the urban sprawl.  This led Patritti to source new land for their vines and in the early 1960’s, two premium properties were purchased in the McLaren Vale region.

Blewitt Springs (McLaren Vale)

The Blewitt Springs vineyard is planted with 11 hectares of predominantly old vine Shiraz as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Mataro. This highly regarded region of McLaren Vale is characterised by increased elevation and the free draining ancient, 56 million year old soil known as the North Maslin Sands.

Tatachilla (McLaren Vale)

The Tatachilla vineyard is planted with 15.5 hectares of old vine Grenache, as well as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. This vineyard has ocean views and benefits from climate regulating sea breezes on Sandstone soils.

Urban Vineyards

Since 2006, the Patritti family have been custodians of the historic Marion Vineyard, planted in 1907 and comprising approximately
1 hectare of Grenache and 0.4 hectares of Shiraz. It is believed to be the oldest commercially operating urban vineyard in the world.

As part of a long-term arrangement with the City of Marion, Patritti also commercially operate two other smaller but historically significant vineyards in the suburbs at Oaklands Estate Reserve and Warriparinga Wetlands.  These vineyards comprise old vine plantings of Muscat, Palomino and Pedro Ximenez.

Winemaking

The Patritti family have been making wine at their current Dover Gardens site continuously since 1926. Today the winery retains the charm of the traditional cellars but is also a fully functioning, modern commercial winery. All bottling and packaging is conducted on site at our modern bottling and packaging facility.

Senior Winemaker – James Mungall

James is a third-generation Patritti family member and carries on the family tradition of winemaking at the Dover Gardens winery.
He first began helping out in the winery around the time he learned to walk and has worked in his family’s business ever since.

James is a very skilled and dedicated winemaker. He is passionate about continuing his family’s winemaking history and has great respect for the past and view to the future.

Winemaker – Ben Heide

Ben’s love for the wine industry began when he took his first job working on vineyards in McLaren Vale after finishing high school.

Ben first met James at Uni and then started working for Patritti part time while studying. Following completion of his degree, he spent several years making wine in McLaren Vale. James and Ben continued to keep in touch over the years through their love of wine and Ben returned to Patritti in 2006 to work as a winemaker.

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