About Welland Wines

Welland is the story of a group of friends, an old Barossa Valley Shiraz vineyard and its resurrection.

 

Welland History

The Welland story began with the arrival of the Krieg family, from Germany in 1847. The Kriegs became one of the Barossa’s founding families. Hardworking and successful business people, the family owned the local brickworks, a tannery and also a significant amount of orchard and vineyard at the northern end of the Nuriootpa township.

Welland vineyard was planted in 1923 by the Krieg family

Situated on sand over red clay soils, this vineyard for many years supplied premium fruit to well-known Barossa wineries such as Penfolds and Peter Lehmann. The Barossa has more than 550 grape growers. Many of these growers are generational and while the Krieg family never owned or operated a winery themselves, their vineyard became known amongst local winemakers as growing some of the region’s finest Shiraz.

 

Welland Today

In 2017, the last few hectares of this old vineyard were listed for sale as a ‘development site’. The vines were within a whisker of meeting the bulldozers when a group of friends led by Ben and Madeleine Chapman purchased the block. Together they are now in the process of resurrecting this historic old vineyard.

Such old Shiraz vines are irreplaceable

The fact that it was planted by one of the early settlers of the Barossa makes this old vineyard well worth the time, money and effort needed to restore it, explains Ben Chapman.

“Similar to restoring old cars or houses, it is easier and more economical to start again by buying a new car or house — but they will never have the character or storied past of a restoration! With a vineyard, this isn’t just about appearance, it’s about the quality and character of the fruit it produces which ultimately comes through in the wine.’

 

New trellising, irrigation, cuttings

The Welland vines have been trained onto new trellising. Irrigation installed in 2019 now allows these old vines a precious drink in extended periods of heat or low rainfall. In 2020, some of the dead vines will be replaced with young vines taken from cuttings off the Welland vineyard — same genetic material only much younger!

Grapes grown from the Welland vineyard have traditionally been sold to other Barossa wineries for use in making their iconic Shiraz wines. Today this fruit is used in making the Welland range of wines, giving this old vineyard a new opportunity to shine!

 

 

Welland Timeline

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1847  

Krieg family arrive in South Australia from Germany by ship and settle in Barossa establishing successful local businesses such as the brickworks and saddlery. 

 

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1923

Welland vineyard is planted on the outskirts of the Nuriootpa township

 

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1970

Much of the vineyard and orchard to the north of Nuriootpa is removed and the land subdivided for housing

 

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2017

Welland vineyard listed for sale as a ‘prime residential development opportunity’ but saved from the bulldozers

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2019  

Old vineyard trellis replaced, irrigation installed, cuttings taken for the replanting of dead vines

 

Past Images

 

More about Welland Wines:

Ben Chapman 

0438 335 510

Madeleine Chapman

0412 415 600