Business SA member, James Haselgrove Wines, was established in 1981 by a well known Australian wine family that has made fine wine for a number of decades.
The winery was established by James Haselgrove, with his son, Nick, making the wines through his business, ‘Adelaide Winemakers’.
James Haselgrove represents brands which include James Haselgrove, Blackbilly & Old Faithful.
Nick said that the winery produces a wide variety of styles from sparkling white and reds, whites, reds and fortifieds.
“From entry level, alternative varieties and single vineyard wines, we look to produce wines of character and distinction with some interest and quirkiness thrown in for fun,” Nick said.
The James Haselgrove wines differentiate themselves from their competitors through their overall quality and value for money, along with winery’s family approach to the wine business.
The selection of wines are sold to the public by direct representation, online at www.haselgrovevignerons.comor through independent fine wine shops.
The winery received a major boost recently, with Nick Haselgrove winning the Winestate Magazine “James Busby Trophy” as the 2010 Australian Winemaker of the Year.
Winestate Magazine tasted and rated over 10,000 wines during 2010 and Nick’s wines were all highly rated to claim the prestigious title.
Nick produced wines for three different labels including The Old Faithful, Blackbilly Wines and James Haselgrove Wines to qualify for the prestigious award.
Nick said that the recognition was a great honour.
“This award was fantastic for our wines as it shows our commitment to quality across our ranges,” Nick said.
“Thanks must be given to the team in the vineyards and winery who all strive for quality. The award also pays homage to the great vineyards of McLaren Vale and the Adelaide wine regions where high quality vineyards make it a joy to make world class wines.”
Nick also added that there were some changing trends in the wine making industry.
“We are seeing increasing interest in what are termed ‘Alternative Varieties’,” he said.
“These wines are being driven by winemakers as they offer some points of difference in the marketplace and also offer some new and interesting tastes, particularly with food.
“The new wave of varieties includes Pinot Gris, Arneis, Grenache, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, plus many others.
“This will be an interesting time for consumers and winemakers alike as we explore what is possible in our vineyards. The interaction between wine and food will also grow much stronger as we explore new tastes and wine styles, together.”
Nick noted that the current environment for winemakers in South Australia is not an easy one.
“It is a challenging business environment generally for Australian wines,” Nick said.
“Domestic competition, the Woolworths/Coles market domination, weather, exchange rates, industry supply and demand cycles all impact the business.
“However, winemakers are changing their approach to making better wines which will hold us all in good stead into the next business cycle.
“The wine industry will recover and we look forward to being part of an invigorated industry that will have the ‘can do’ or ‘glass half full’ attitude. But we have to be patient.”
A consistent message to consumers from James Haselgrove Wines is to be patriotic and buy local.
“Go out and support the local wineries in restaurants and fine wine stores, don’t support those who are not interested in a strong and sustainable wine industry,” Nick added.