Kingston Estate Wines has launched offshoot Coonawarra Premium Wines at the ProWein trade fair in Dusseldorf.
One of Australia’s top five wine exporters, Kingston Estate had a stand at the fair this year for the 14th year in a row. Owner Bill Moularadellis said it was a suitable global event to introduce the new range.
“We make all our wines in our state-of-the-art winery on the original site where I started winemaking in 1985, and have purpose-built new capacity to optimise our highly regarded Coonawarra grape quality,” he said.
“Coonawarra Premium Wines was developed in response to consumer demand. Our large retail customers need access to higher-price pointed, dry-grown Australian wines, a trend that is reflected in statistics from Wine Australia which show the average price of Australian wine exports is increasing.”
Kingston Estate already sells its Coonawarra wines in Australia, Canada, USA, China, Japan, UK, Holland and Germany. The 30-year-old family business sources grapes from nearly all South Australian wine regions including the Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Padthaway and the Riverland. It owns two vineyards in Coonawarra and is one of the largest growers in the region.
Head winemaker Brett Duffin said Coonawarra offers “wonderful depth and length of the primary fruit characters”, particularly the Cabernet and Shiraz.
“Grape parcels from different blocks within the vineyard are kept separately throughout winemaking,” Brett said. “This enables us to produce wines of varying styles and quality levels. Coonawarra Premium Wines offers a high quality range of wine at price levels relevant to retailer programs.”
Coonawarra Premium Wines are available in Cabernet, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc.