Located in the beautiful Eden Valley in South Australia, Irvine Wines was established in 1980 by James and Marjorie Irvine. To date, James has 63 years vintage experience and together with winemaker daughter Joanne, Irvine Wines now produces Australia's most famous luxury merlot, Irvine Grand Merlot.
Our philosophy has always been focused on research and dedication to excellence. Over time having won World's Best Merlot on two ocassions and finishing in the top ten several times, we believe we have firmly shown that we have what it takes to make premium and luxury wines, setting the bench mark for Australian Merlot styles.
Our wines are mainly sourced from premium grapes grown in our Springhill Vineyard in Eden Valley. This site was carefully selected by James in order to provide an ideal growing and ripening environment for the vines.
400 metres above sea level, podzolic soil and gravel provide low nutrients and ample drainage. Average rainfall is around 600mm and temperatures are cooler than that of the Barossa Valley floor.
We do source some fruit from the Barossa Valley from family growers we have been friends with for many years.
Although we have a global reputation as Australia's leading luxury Merlot makers, we also produce small batches of Sparkling Meslier Brut Royale. We believe we are the only producers in Australia to produce a sparkling wine made from the rare grape variety of Meslier, grown in our Eden Valley vineyard.
We also produce Pinot Gris, our Merlot Cabernet Franc and "The Baroness", which is a seemless wine made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Remarkably, we also make a Reserve Zinfandel which scores highly on show circuits, and there is a rather amusing Father-Daughter story behind how this variety came to grow in our vineyard which you can read about on our website.
We export to eight countries around the world and we are proud to be held in such high regard for our efforts. Working closely with our chosen distributors has meant that our wines are able to be enjoyed by the most important people in our eyes, and that is you, the wine lovers.
Our Grand Merlot and Merlot Royale Deluxe are wines that we highly recommend for collectors. Our Grand Merlot is created to age for fifteen to twenty years. Deep aromas and flavours of ripe plums, red fruits, blueberries, figs, moccha and chocolate combine with five spice from Allier French Oak with mid palate complexity rarely seen in some red wines. Our Grand Merlot has an opulent mouth feel and silky fine tannins from start to the very long finish.
You are welcome to contact us directly regarding our fine wines and distribution at [email protected]
South Australia 5235
- At Irvine Wines we make and sell red wine and white wine from the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley in South Australia
- Sparkling Meslier Brut Royale
- Eden Valley Pinot Gris
- Red Horse Merlot-Cabernet Franc
- Irvine Estate Merlot
- Irvine "The Baroness" Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
- Irvine Reserve Zinfandel
- James Irvine Grand Merlot
- James Irvine Merlot Royale Deluxe
- Irvine range of Brueghel mail order only wines including Merlot and Merlot blends
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