On the banks of Tanunda Creek, in the heart of the Barossa where wild bush turkeys once roamed, grow Shiraz vines from 1847, some of the oldest planted in Australia, and indeed the world. These vines, propagated from cuttings brought to Australia from Hermitage Hill in the Rhône Valley in the 1830s remain a productive part of Turkey Flat’s vineyards. Despite having just completed their 169th vintage, they continue to produce truly exceptional grapes.
Turkey Flat Vineyards is a family-owned estate that forms a vital part of the Barossa Valley’s rich cultural heritage. Christie is the fourth generation of the Schulz family to become caretaker of the remarkable property, and the fifth generation, Christie’s eldest son Alex, is now involved in running the winery. Intensely aware of the individual ecosystems in the area, extensive viticultural research has been undertaken in the five vineyard sites, allowing the team to sensitively blend traditional Rhône varietals that speak confidently of their origin.
Throughout its production process, Turkey Flat seeks to operate in respect of the local ecosystems, instead of in competition with them. The vineyards survive on natural rainfall, with minimal tillage, and focus on reducing herbicide usage with the goal of becoming Organic Certified in the near future.