Giovanni Patritti first planted vines in Dover Gardens in the late 1920’s and eventually came to own 65 acres of vines surrounding the winery facility. As urban sprawl enveloped the district, the vines and orchards gave way to housing. Soon land was required for schools and in the late 1950’s, the government compulsorily acquired the majority of the land surrounding the Patritti winery site.
The Patritti family needed to plant new vineyards to supply the growing wine business and the natural choice was McLaren Vale. Two premium sites were selected on either side of the McLaren Vale district, Blewitt Springs and what is now known as Tatachilla. To this day, these vineyards provide the old vine, dry grown Shiraz and Grenache fruit for the family’s premium wine range.
The land for Patritti’s Blewitt Springs vineyard was first purchased in 1960 and planting began in 1966. The land was purchased from the original soldier settler, Vic Whiting, whose original homestead, dairy shed and orchard still exist today.
The Patritti Grenache vineyard is situated on the coastal side of the McLaren Vale wine region, in the area known as Tatachilla. The land was purchased in 1960 and planting began in 1962. Today,
Grenache is a variety that thrives on the tough life. Growing the vines dry (no irrigation) means the vines struggle to produce low yields each year. Low yields may be troublesome for profits but are superb for richness of flavour and colour intensity.
Today only a few tiny vineyards remain in the Marion district and the most significant is the world-famous council-owned Marion Vineyard. Now over 100 years old, this 2.5 acre vineyard is an important reminder of the rich agricultural history of the district. This iconic vineyard was first planted by the Hamilton family in 1907 from cuttings brought across from Europe only a few years after the First Fleet’s arrival. It is probably the oldest suburban vineyard in the world.
The Marion Vineyard is hand pruned and hand-picked and the grapes are treated to the best traditional winemaking techniques in the winery. Patritti’s first release, the 2008 Marion Grenache Shiraz intentionally showcases the individual and unique terroir of the Marion Vineyard.
The Patritti family are proud to own and run suburban Adelaide’s last family-owned winery and cellar and to craft wines from Australia’s most historical urban vineyard. This unsung piece of history is a must visit for Adelaide residents and visitors to the city.