In 1960 the Patritti family needed new land to keep up with the growing wine business, and the natural choice was the nearby region of McLaren Vale.
Two sites, one in Blewitt Springs and the other in Tatachilla, were purchased and planted with Shiraz and Grenache. These now very mature, high-quality vineyards, consistently produce excellent fruit for the family's own wines.
BLEWITT SPRINGS VINEYARD
After purchasing Lot 3 Elliots Road, Blewitt Springs in 1960, the Patritti family began planting their new Shiraz vineyard. By 1969 twenty-five acres of Shiraz had been planted on the ancient 56 million year old soil known as North Maslin sand. Its elevation of 156 metres and natural balance give the site an identity of its own.
Each year the best rows are selected by our winemakers and the fruit is used to craft our flagship wine, JPB Limited Release Shiraz. Another exceptional parcel is selected for use in our Lot Three Shiraz with the remainder of the vineyard used in our Old Gate Shiraz.
Despite these wines being crafted from the same vineyard, the changes in aspect, elevation and soil type ensure each has its own personality, requiring a different approach in the winemaking process.
Giovanni Patritti purchased Section 181 Branson Road, Tatachilla in the southern region of McLaren Vale in 1960. After its purchase the Patritti family began planting numerous grape varieties, one of which was Grenache. Today, fifteen acres of the original dry grown grenache plantings still remain.'
The fruit from these exceptional old vines is used in the Section 181 Single Vineyard Grenache and Merchant Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre blend.
THE HISTORIC MARION VINEYARD
The city of Marion was once known as the 'Garden of Adelaide', with the rich, fertile soils producing vegetables, fruits and grapes. When Giovanni Patritti arrived in Australia in 1925 he decided the Marion district was the perfect place to grow grapes and set up his family business.
By the 1950s population growth and the demand for housing saw much of the land converted to residential allotments and dwellings. Only a few tiny vineyards remain; the most significant of these is the world famous, council owned, Marion Vineyard. Over 100 years old, the vineyard is a reminder of the history of the district and the quality of the produce it was once famous for.
In 2006 the City of Marion decided that the last operational winery in the district, Patritti, should be given the responsibility of caring for the vineyard. We take our custodianship of this precious vineyard with great pride.