Schwarz Wine Co
For Schwarz Wine Co., the goal has always been simple: produce high-quality, hand-crafted wines sourced from the old vines of Barossa Valley that reflects distinct terroir in each and every bottle.
Our small-batch boutique wines, made by Jason Schwarz, are crafted to inherently express the unique characters of their variety, the Barossa Valley and its sub-regions.
The majority of our fruit is sourced from family-owned Barossa Valley vineyards and provide the backbone of the Schwarz Wine Co portfolio. Jason continues to solidify relationships with other notable and passionate Barossa grape-growers whose dedication and hard work help create a sense of provenance in each of our wines.
Meet the maker
Tell us your story – what got you involved in wine making?
I came to winemaking via a circuitous path. While I grew up surrounded by vines at my parent’s property in Bethany, I initially studied wine marketing at the University of Adelaide.
On completion of my studies I headed overseas, visiting and working in Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Rhone, Stellenbosch and Napa. It was during my travels that I realised that my calling was winemaking rather than marketing and on my return to the Barossa in 1998 I began working in local wineries.
While not holding any formal qualifications in winemaking, my appetite for the subject was voracious and I was lucky to learn from some of the Barossa’s finest winemakers until finally, after some encouragement from friends I approached my father to discuss buying a small parcel of his fruit from the 2001 vintage.
He agreed and I put together my first Nitschke Block Shiraz, making only two hogs head barrels. In 2002 I produced my first Thiele Road Grenache and have made both wines every vintage since. My family have supported my venture and without their encouragement and the sacrifice of some of the Barossa’s greatest Shiraz and Grenache I could not have made this dream happen.
Relationships with some of the Barossa’s finest vignerons have grown over the years and having access to some of the region’s best old-vine fruit allows me to take a hands-off, intuitive approach in the winery.
I hope my wines speak to you in the glass and tell the story of my life in the Barossa. My winemaking style is purposely low intervention, I like the fruit to speak for itself, and I hope you will agree.
What do you think makes the Barossa so special?
The diversity of the land from cool climate high Eden to arid northern Barossa.
What’s your favourite wine from your own range that you’d recommend our visitors trying at the Good Food & Wine Show?
Anything Grenache based as it is so diverse-Rosé through to medium bodied crunchy reds
Tell us one thing that makes your own wines so special?
I make them myself – with a lot of my fruit coming from family owned vineyards that were planted as far back as 1941.
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?
Grenache – see above!
What wine from another Barossa Winery other than your own would you recommend visitors trying? Any hidden gems this year?
At the Good Food and Wine Show, try the 2015 Soul Growers GSM and when you visit us at Artisans of Barossa, be sure to try Spinifex’s Lola.
For visitors planning a trip to the Barossa, what would you recommend them including in their itinerary of what not to miss?
- A visit to Artisans of Barossa – this is my cellar door, shared with five other like-minded producers. We share common goal to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. We all have different winemaking styles representing the breadth and diversity of – the Barossa Valley and we’re all committed to making inspirational wines that uphold the culture and traditions of Barossa. After your tasting, enjoy lunch on the deck with great food from Harvest Kitchen
- Drink a bottle of wine at windy point – grab a bottle and head up Rifle Range Rd at Krondorf and watch the sunset
- Hire a driver – that way everyone gets to enjoy the experience
- Visit the unknown – head off the beaten track and visit the lesser known wineries, who knows you might find a new favourite.
- Stop in at Apex Bakery in Tanunda for a pie