Torambre Wines

Torambre Wines


Torambre is a boutique winery which is set within the heart of the wine producing area of Loxton North in the Riverland region of South Australia. Torambre's unique cellar door is located opposite their vineyards and contained within an original 1940's Nissen Hut. Although extensively re-furbished inside, the history of the soldier settlers huts have not been forgotten. While tasting their superb wine you can peruse the array of memorabilia of that era.

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Before WW2 the township of Loxton had a population of approximately 1,000 people supporting a larger rural community mainly involved in dryland farming.Irrigation Development Committee in 1944 indicated 'Superior Types' of soil were identified and also found the climate to be 'ideal for production under irrigation of citrus, stone fruits, pears, figs, vegetables and vine fruits for drying and wine.'

Following the end of the war in 1945 a Parliamentary committee completed a report on the Loxton Irrigation Scheme and presented it to government. This lengthy report described the 12,057 acre site proposed for settlement, including the state of the farm land to be acquired, the size of the holdings (20-30 acres) and proposed infrastructure improvements to the township of Loxton to support the influx of approximately 5,000 people. The committee concluded after 'having examined every aspect of the scheme, and the potentialaties of the land' that the proposed irrigation area at Loxton 'provides good prospects of successful development

In 1946 final approval for the development was granted with the local paper reporting 'general jubilation at Loxton.

1948 saw the land being cleared and the first families settling on their properties. These first settlers had to build their own accommodation, basically sheds constructed with corrugated iron, while they waited for their houses to be built.

Settlers of 1945.-55, following further delays in building, benefited from the Minister of Lands obtaining more suitable short term accommodation. He arranged for the importation of Nissen Huts from England and these were gradually erected on the blocks. The huts were half moon shaped, 36 feet long, 16 feet wide and 10½ feet high. They were made of prefabricated corrugated iron with a door and two small windows at the front and back.

Today, thanks to their hard work, Loxton has a thriving industry of vines, citrus and stone fruits.

Torambre is proud of the history of the Pioneer settlers and Tony's vineyard was one of the original blocks, settled by Sten Hergstrom. Torambre produces some of their wine from the original plantings. Brenton, formerly from Torambre is a third generation resident of Loxton North with his grandfather receiving land as part of the War Land Settlement Scheme.

The Team

The owners, Tony, Marino and Deb, have total control over the winemaking process from growing the fruit right through to bottling and marketing. The vineyard was one of the original properties allocated to the return servicemen after WWII and still has some of these original plantings.

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Balfour Ogilvy Avenue
Loxton North, South Australia 5333

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