The wonderful world of wine gives us around 60 or more synonyms for one of our favourite varieties, Mataro, well-known ones such as Mourvedre and Monastrell, lesser known ones such as Balzac and Exparte. We love the mutts at Teusner ( dogs can sometimes out number humans!)… it’s somewhat ironic that we chose this particular name for Mataro…Estrangle Chien in France…The Dog Strangler in the Barossa.
The Teusner story begins in 2001 when Kym overheard Steve Riebke (a 5th generation grape grower) and his brother Leon lamenting the fact that their 90 year old Grenache vineyard was due for destruction. A plan was hatched, some money scratched together a vineyard was saved and a winery was born with the first release of Teusner Joshua in 2002.
Today, Teusner still focuses on the ancient vines which make the Barossa so unique. Vineyards up to 130 years of age are sourced from across the Barossa, taking full advantage of the diverse range of terroirs the Barossa has to offer. Since the first vintage in 2002, the philosophy at Teusner has remained the same …..source old vine fruit from some of the Barossa’s finest vineyards, gentle handling in the cellar and judicious old oak use to let the fruit speak of its origins and a finished wine that is expressive, authentic and affordable wines that we want to drink at home with our family and friends…. tenets that will never change.