Lambert Estate Wines is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard and winery located in the Barossa Valley, Australia.
Nestled in the rolling hills to the west of Angaston in the beautiful Barossa Valley, the Lambert Estate vineyard is blessed with some of the region’s finest soils and climatic conditions. Situated on 100 acres of land the vineyard consist of 17 unique soil types and is planted around old gum trees that are scattered throughout the property. Currently about 45 acres are planted with eleven varieties of grapes.
Kirk Lambert joined his parents, Jim and Pam, on their journey from Wisconsin in the USA to the Barossa. Kirk studied wine making at the University of Adelaide, and it was there that he met and fell in love with fellow student Vanesa. Now married, it’s Kirk and Vanesa who fuse their American and Peruvian backgrounds with their expertise in winemaking. It’s a fusion that brings their flair and individuality into every bottle of multiple award winning Lambert Estate wine.
Tell me your story – what got you involved in wine making?
Kirk and Vanesa both developed an interest in wine making when their love of drinking wine brought them to South Australia. As a result they both started a Masters degree of Oenology at the University of Adelaide, where they first met. Kirk left behind a life as a mechanical engineer and Vanesa had just graduated from university with a chemistry degree. Now married, it’s Kirk and Vanesa who fuse their American and Peruvian backgrounds with their expertise in wine making to create every bottle of Lambert Estate wine.
In our post show visitor survey from 2016’s shows, the Barossa was identified as the visitors favourite wine region / wines. What do you think makes the Barossa so special?
The climate and soils of the Barossa lead to us having an amazing grape growing region. Our grapes reach maturity and flavours that enable us to make intense wines, like no others in Australia. The rich fruit sweetness and colour of our wines is unique to the Barossa and this intensity of flavours is what I think makes Barossa Valley wines so unique.
What’s your favourite wine from your own range that you’d recommend our visitors trying at the Good Food & Wine Show?
Our A Thousand Words Chardonnay is a perfect balance of oak, fruit and creaminess. Our aim with this wine is to achieve this balance so everything is in harmony and the wine keeps you wanting more.
Tell us 1 thing that makes your own wines so special?
We are very passionate of what we do and we let the grapes speak for themselves.
If you could only drink one wine for the rest of your life, (hard one, we know!) what would that be and what food would you pair it with?
Cabernet Sauvignon! It can be a very serious wine; elegant, rich, complex and fruity, it’s longevity derived from small berries bringing out the most intense flavours and structure, it’s perfect! I would pair it with anything from pork to steak.
For visitors planning a trip to the Barossa, what would you recommend them including in their itinerary of what not to miss?
There are so many amazing places to visit in the Barossa Valley! A personal favourite is Yalumba which has such a long, rich and vibrant history. For a tasting and a delicious lunch I would recommend you stop by our Cellar Door and Restaurant, located on the 1st floor of our new winery, overlooking our vineyard and with big viewing windows into the winery and across the Barossa Valley.
Wine’s you’ll be showcasing at the Good Food & Wine Show:
2014 A Thousand Words Chardonnay
2016 First Kiss Rosé
2014 Black Sheep Red Blend
2013 Forgive Me Zinfandel
2012 Thoroughbred Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 The Commitment Shiraz
The Chocolatier NV