Since the first vintage of Charles Melton Wines in 1984, this small Barossa Valley winery has gained both national and international recognition for its premium red table wines. The wines move from a light red, 'The Rose of Virginia', described by Anthony Rose in London's Observer newspaper as, 'The Best Ros? in Australia', through to Australia's premier Rhone-style red, 'Nine Popes'. Charlie Melton also makes small quantities of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling Shiraz. Charlie was one of the first to recognize the value and tradition of the Barossa's old vineyard Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. At a time when others were pulling out vineyards of Shiraz to plant more fashionable varieties, Charlie was convincing farmers to keep their historic vineyards. He was one of a small group of winemakers who helped retain the viticultural heritage of the Barossa.