Kies Family Wines will extend their Lyndoch based operations, having recently purchased 32 hectares of neighbouring land.
Of this significant purchase is 29 hectares of vineyard previously owned and operated by Schild Estate.
The vineyard, located on Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch was promoted as an efficient and well executed property primed for future productivity and comprises more than 20 hectares of shiraz with a small parcel of cabernet sauvignon.
The purchase adds to Kies Family Wines, where owners, Michael and Tina Kies already have 28 hectares of vineyard made up of 85 per cent shiraz, and the remainder merlot, cabernet sauvignon, riesling and frontignac.
Michael had always admired the Ahrens vineyard and said when it came on the market he had to put his best offer forward.
The fruit it produces and the fact it’s neighbouring were also attractive in the deal.
“It makes it very easy for us to operate with it and it is a good fit for our property,” said Michael.
He said he’d been looking to purchase additional vineyard over the last couple of years, adding vineyard manager, Matt Rosenzweig was also keen to work across the additional vineyard.
“It is a big investment but it is a good move,” said Michael.
“We have got our son and daughter in the business who are heavily involved and the future is looking pretty bright.”
Michael said having Bronson and Jesseca coming through is very exciting.
Bronson will be at the helm of the new winery, being constructed next to the cellar door and will be making the wines from the 2020 vintage.
The 200 tonne winery will allow Kies Family Wines to expand its tourism offering by allowing visitors an insight into the wine making process, with a purpose built viewing platform included in the design.
“I love the wine industry… the industry in the Barossa has got some
potential and that’s why we are prepared to invest all this money into it,” said Michael.