He designed the vineyards that grow the grapes that make the wine
of the Barossa Valley
Our Vineyard Keeper wines celebrate the modern expression of the Barossa.
The Vineyard Architect wines demonstrate the power of the old vines planted by Vic Kraft, the Barossa's own Vineyard Architect.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Classic Barossa Cabernet: deep colour, dark ripe fruit, integrated oak.
93 pts - Sam Kim MW
2016 Mataro Grenache
Structure and finesse - the dark build of Mataro and the bright fruit of Grenache
94 pts - James Halliday
94 pts - Sam Kim MW
2016 Shiraz Mataro
Old Vine concentration, the power of Shiraz with the structure of Mataro
95 pts - James Halliday
95 pts - Sam Kim MW
The Barossa Valley is famous for its stunning wines, but go back 100 years and you'll discover a simple farming community making a living working the soil.
Each year's grape harvest was the result of hard work, good weather, good luck and most importantly - a stong vineyard.
Vic Kraft knew how to design and build strong vineyards.
He grew up in a Vine Vale farming family, on the eastern edge of the Barossa Valley floor. Here Vic learnt old world grape growing from his father and grandfather.
He soon blended this knowledge with modern biological theory and soon became well known for setting up healthy vineyards.
Reliability and quantity were far more important than quality back then.
The varieties of choice were Shiraz and Mataro, but not so much because of their flavour. These grapes tended to produce the most reliable crop.
Rolf Binder's father hired Vic Kraft to set up several vineyards in the 1950s and 1960s.
It was under Vic's mentorship that the young winemaker learnt viticulture.
Today some of Rolf Binder's most prized wines, including his Langton's rated Hanisch Shiraz, are sourced from vines hand planted by Vic Kraft himself.
The legacy of an unsung Barossa legend is not one that Rolf Binder or his family will ever forget.
MAGESTIC OLD VINES
The legacy of Vic Kraft lives on in the amazing vines he planted and for which we now act as custodians