Barossa Valley, South Australia
"I tend to think of wine like a diary. It shows a bit of a journey. It’s your time from that year but what you’ve done with your life as well. It shows how you make your wines because of what you’ve tasted or what you’ve seen or where you’ve worked—and that whole journey hopefully shows through the bottles." - Tom Shobbrook
Tom travelled across Europe for six years, mostly in Italy and France, before he returned to his family vineyard in the Barossa Valley in 2007. Although the place was not renowned for organic farming and winemaking, Tom knew from the beginning that he wanted to grow the grapes biodynamically, without any additions and as naturally as possible. His authentic approach has convinced several other growers of the Barossa Valley to work naturally without the use of chemicals or artificial additives.
After 12 years of growing grapes and making wines on the family farm in Seppeltsfield things have come to an end. Tom now has 2 hectares of vines in Flaxman Valley eventually ending up with around 5 hectares of vines and a mixed orchard of fruit and nut trees.