Brini Estate Wines


The wine (Sebastian Shiraz) is filled with character and delivers the sort of memorable pleasure associsated with long Sunday lunches. The wine reflects what life is all about - for living"

Location Description

Located in the heart of Blewitt Springs, South Australia.

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Sebastiano Brini arrived in McLaren Vale from Italy in 1950 with a suitcase and five pounds in his pocket. He spoke no English. Like many European immigrants of this time he worked hard to establish a better life in his new country. He worked as a labourer in local vineyards and by 1953 had saved enough money to purchase a property in Blewitt Springs. At the time, two thirds of the property was used to run dairy cows and the other third had established grapevines (Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro), planted by returned serviceman in the late 1940's as part of a soldier settlement scheme.


With the help of his family, the property was progressively planted to all grapevines and the varieties now include Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Over the years the vineyard has gained a proud reputation of supplying grapes to some of Australia's finest red wine producers.
In 2000 Sebastiano's sons John and Marcello established Brini Estate Wines to produce small batches of premium quality wines from the vineyard they grew up on. The single vineyard wines embody the regional characteristics of Blewitt Springs: distinguished, rich berry flavoured and elegant.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The Brini Family vineyard is located in the hills north of Blewitt Springs. Blewitt Springs (a sub region of McLaren Vale) is world renowned for its ability to produce outstanding Shiraz and Grenache. At its highest point our vineyard is 200 m above sea level. Being elevated over 120 m above the main McLaren Vale valley floor, the slightly cooler conditions result in more elegant wines as the slower ripening allows more delicate fruit flavours to develop.

The undulating slopes provide good drainage allowing deep root growth and subsequently robust vines that can tolerate long periods of hot dry weather.

Soil Type:

The vineyard soil type is predominantly sand to sandy loam over clay with vast gravel and ironstone outcrops. The deep extensive root system on the old vines obtains nutrients and elements from the clay and from ironstone, a rare soil structure not readily found in Australian vineyards. This creates wines with unique flavours and characteristics.


Blewitt Springs has a typical rainfall in the range 560mm (22 inches) to 710mm (28 inches) per year. The majority of rain falls in winter with little rain in summer. Summer is typically hot and dry allowing for ideal ripening conditions. Most of the vines on the property were established without irrigation, so they have deep, well established root system. Vines are only marginally irrigated when required from the limited fresh water collected in the 4 dams on the property.

Vine Varieties:
Shiraz - Six blocks planted between 1947 and 1997
Grenache - Three blocks planted between 1948 and 1964
Mataro planted in 1997
Merlot planted in 1998
Chenin Blanc planted in 1960
Sauvignon Blanc planted in 1984

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698 Blewitt Springs Road
Blewitt Springs, South Australia 5171

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