Bassham’s grandfather, Louis Alfred Bassham, developed Bassham Wines after the First World War, when he was granted the land from the government as part of a returned soldiers settlement scheme. The vineyard has remained with the Bassham family since 1919, and 2019 will mark its centenary.
Bruce and Val Bassham purchased the organic vineyard in 2000. It became an organic winery in 2007 and fully certified with the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) in 2010. Bruce has been working, managing and owning the vineyards since the age of fifteen, and will have completed fifty-five vintages by 2020.
Its organic vineyard comprises forty-five hectares, which is predominantly organic chardonnay and shiraz, as well as eleven alternative varieties. The vineyard also has seventy-five acres of native bushland to conserve wildlife such as kangaroos, snakes, emus and bird life. Bassham Wines’ heritage vineyard has twenty-six alternative varieties planted in its soil. It also boasts picturesque views that can be enjoyed from the cellar door.
Bassham Wines specialises in alternative Mediterranean varieties such as Italian, Spanish and Portuguese wines. It produces six to eight wines per year, which is increasing as it develops its vineyards.
Bassham Wines produces a number of white wines, including fiano, vermentino, petit manseng and chardonnay, as well as arinto, malvasia bianca, albariño, grüner veltliner and moscato.
Red varieties are also included in the Bassham Wines catalogue, such as shiraz, lagrein, saperavi and Graciano. The vineyard also produces nero d’avola, negroamaro and touriga nacional, as well as durif and mencia. However, its Bassham Rosé and blackcurrant liqueur prove to be the most popular among locals.
A testament to its success, Bassham Wines has received many medals in different wine tasting and judging events since its inception.
⇐ 2017 Arinto
This arinto has a natural, vibrant acidity on the palate, and displays green pear, apple and bright citrus aromas of lemon and lime. A delicious fresh zingy wine, arinto ages very well, showing characteristics of rich peach flavours. The wine has a silvery lemon colour featuring a subtle green tint, and pairs beautifully with seafood, barbecue pork, chicken, Thai food, and fresh salad.
⇐ 2017 Nero d’Avola
Featuring a floral nose with sweet spice, the palate of this wine is lightto medium-bodied with hints of red cherry and strawberry, and finishes with cleansing natural acidity. Perfect to drink as a young wine anytime of the day, this nero d’avola pairs well with poultry, pork, grilled steak, soft cheeses, pizza, and pasta.
⇐ 2017 Durif
This wine produces a dark, inky purple hue that is acidic with a firm texture and chewy mouthfeel. Featuring powerful fruity flavours, the dense tannic wine has hints of black pepper, blueberry, spice and chocolate. Pairs perfectly with steak, ribeye, roast beef, barbecue-grilled meats and mature blue cheese.
⇐ 2017 Fiano
Organically grown on the Bassham family’s organic vineyard, this fiano has a pale gold hue. Featuring a hint of nuttiness, it features layers of floral and honey notes, spice, and tropical fruit flavours of custard apple, pome and ginger. The wine suits a wide variety of dishes including seafood, white meats, pasta, and cream-based sauces.
27 Bassham Road,
Opening January 2020
Weddings & Functions
Online wine sales, on-site café and cellar door open daily. Coaches and large groups welcome.