Bassham Wines has a proud family history that spans back 100 years. Now run by Bruce and Val Bassham, the heritage vineyard is located on Bassham Road, Barmera, a beautiful country township nestled around the picturesque Lake Bonney, which is known for its stunning sunrises and tranquil sunsets.
The heritage vineyard is a return serviceman property that was allotted to private Louis Alfred Bassham – also known as Grandpa Bassham – in 1919 on returning from World War I. Louis cleared and developed the land, enduring many hardships along the way. These humble beginnings were tough but simple, and now 100 years on, Bruce, Val and their family are leading the way in organic and biodynamic viticulture.
Bruce has witnessed many changes in the horticultural role of growing grapes since he first started at the age of fifteen, developing and redeveloping the vineyards several times. He has completed fifty-seven vintages, each one different in some way, with factors such as weather, drought, politics and vine pull influencing the final outcome.
Since 2009, Bassham Wines has been growing emerging varieties from Italy, France, Spain, Russia and Portugal, all carefully selected to suit the terroir and climate. These include fiano, vermentino, arinto, nero d’avola, mencia, durif and many more.
The winery has been fully certified organic and biodynamic for more than ten years, embracing the needs for future generations and building nutrient-rich soils that directly connect to good health. The Bassham family’s love of the land and the river is evident in their quality varieties, showing a true dedication to the Riverland region. Bruce and Val are proud Riverland growers, employers, producers, family farmers dedicated to improving soils, the river, environment, the winery’s product and general wellbeing.
It’s well worth a trip to beautiful Barmera and the magnificent Riverland region on the mighty Murray River to visit the cellar door and experience the delicious array of iconic award- and medal-winning wines.
⇐ 2021 Vermentino
This Italian variety is light and fresh with notes of lime, almond and green apple. It has a refreshing acidity perfect for the Australian summer. The vermentino is a great food wine, best paired with seafood, salads and light Asian dishes.
⇐ 2020 Montepulciano
Another Italian variety, this montepulciano bursts with fruit flavours of cherry, red plum and cranberry, and notes of violet, dried herb and earthiness. A medium-bodied wine, it has high acidity, intense tannins, and is best served with rich foods – a real delicious allrounder!
⇐ 2021 Rosé Renae
Light in colour and big in flavour, this negroamaro is a magical mix of strawberry and cherry flavours with notes of wild rose. It is a balanced wine with delicate flavour, freshness, elegance and deliciousness. Pair it= with pizza, focaccia, white meat and cheese.
Dark and rich with a full body, high tannins and tight acidity, this Italian variety is an excellent ageing wine. The palate consists of pepper, black fruits and overtones of chocolate, with dried fig and plum on the nose. Pair it with lamb, prime rib, venison, scotch fillet or a smoky Aussie barbecue – a match made in heaven!
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