Just a short drive (or a nice bicycle ride) from Tanunda (the main township of the Barossa Valley), lies Tscharke wines. Owned by Damien and Eva Tscharke, the wine and vineyard shows uses sustainable practices to produce quality wine, at very affordable prices.
Visiting Tscharke’s Place cellar door is a real delight, the building itself is a beautiful traditional German-style house (and there is another in construction on the grounds at the moment). The surrounding garden with a backdrop of the vineyards, makes for a perfect place to taste some delicious wines.
Sustainability is key to the ethos at Tscharke Wines. While not certified organic (although they are currently going through the organic certification process), biodynamic processes without animal products, make this a vegan go-to wine.
The wines offered have grapes originating from three vineyards: Stonewall, Gnadenfrei and Greenock Creek vineyards. There is an element of innovation with the wines as there are a lot of emerging Mediterranean grapes used, such as Montepulciano, Touriga and gratiano.
It is really surprising how affordable the wine is- most bottles are $15-20. Tscharke are able to achieve this by putting less inputs into the production, using sustainable methods and also minimising sales through wholesale (most of their sales are via the cellar door or online).
My top picks were the 2012 Stonewell Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 Distinction Shiraz. The Estate Rosé is also a great, light drop.
The winery is one to visit for both the gorgeous grounds but the wine. It is open Thursday to Mondays, from 10am until 5pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesdays). You’ll also see some gorgeous pottery at the cellar door, which is produced by Eva Tscharke and for sale.
Visit tscharke.com.au for more information about Tscharke Wines, their events and how to purchase the wines.