Sebastiano Brini arrived in McLaren Vale from Italy in 1950 with a suitcase and five pounds in his pocket. He spoke no English. Like many European immigrants of this time he worked hard to establish a better life in his new country. He worked as a labourer in local vineyards and by 1953 had saved enough money to purchase a property in Blewitt Springs. At the time, two thirds of the property was used to run dairy cows and the other third had established grapevines (Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro), planted by returned serviceman in the late 1940’s as part of a soldier settlement scheme.
With the help of his family, the property was progressively planted to all grapevines and the varieties now include Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Over the years the vineyard has gained a proud reputation of supplying grapes to some of Australia’s finest red wine producers. In 2000 Sebastiano’s sons John and Marcello established Brini Estate Wines to produce small batches of premium quality wines from the vineyard they grew up on. The single vineyard wines embody the regional characteristics of Blewitt Springs: distinguished, rich berry flavoured and elegant.
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