Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards
246 Seaview Rd, McLaren Vale SA
08 8323 8498
In the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula is Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard, a winery with a rich and distinguished history dating back to 1841. To this day it is still run by descendants of the original owners, with the sixth-generation of the Oliver family at the helm. This commitment to family and tradition shines through in a visit to this beautiful and storied vineyard.
The business’ values reflect a passion for quality, respect for family, history and tradition, continuous improvement, excellence in customer service and authenticity. Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard incorporates the family name, Oliver, and the original name of the property, Taranga, the Kaurna Aboriginal word ‘Tarangk’ meaning ‘the middle’.
Distinguished winemaker, Corrina Wright has wine, and more than 170 years of family grape growing, flowing through her veins. Corrina grew up among the family vineyards and is passionate about her home, her vocation and the local McLaren Vale community. Working alongside legendary local Chapel Hill winemaker, Pam Dunsford, in 1994 Corrina created a small scale shiraz and the Oliver Taranga Vineyards label was born.
Corrina was then granted a scholarship to study oenology at the world-renowned University of California, Davis. She garnered experience in California and Australia including a stint at Penfolds in Nuriootpa and Lindemans at Karadoc. Along the path of her still young winemaking career Corrina has collected many coveted awards including the 2003 Winestate Magazine Shiraz of the Year and Wine of the Year for her 2000 HJ Reserve Shiraz. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005 and continues to judge at Australian wine shows.
Together with her cousin and Cellar Manager, Brioni Oliver, they are leading the voice of the Oliver family’s sixth generation and the motivation behind their own wine label – Oliver’s Taranga.
The location in the northern hills of the beautiful McLaren Vale in the Seaview region means that the soils are red brown, sandy loam over limestone and ironstone. The 100-hectare estate grown vineyard enjoys temperate growing conditions, mediated by its proximity to the sea. These conditions are conducive to producing top quality fruit more consistently than other regions.
Grapes grown include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and grenache as well as alternative varietals such as fiano, vermentino and sagrantino. The multiple award winning HJ Reserve Shiraz, selected from the best parcels of old vine shiraz, is the flagship wine of the vineyard. Dark maroon in colour and seriously generous and rich on the palate, this wine is best enjoyed with roast beef and heirloom vegetables.
The Cellar Door is contained in an 1850s built workers cottage in the middle of the vineyard. Boasting a large deck with a wonderful view, this is a great location for special events including Porchetta Parties, Pizza Parties and the annual Sea and Vines Festival.
In the distance a row of ancient gums stand as sentinels to the Oliver’s Taranga Cemetery. A place where the ancestors rest in peace and keep watch over