Whistling Kite Wines
Allow your tastebuds to be tantalised by our biodynamic and organic wines.
Half way between the Riverland towns of Kingston-on-Murray and Loxton is a settlement called New Residence, which has retained its name since Prussian immigrants settled in the area in 1905, the area now known as Barich family vineyards was settled by the Freundt Family in 1907.
As the road winds its way along, you can’t help by feel half way between irrigated and cropping land as you see sweeping red dirt on one side and a river lined with vineyards, orchards and groves on the other.
It is here, where the soil is deep, well-draining and sloping towards the river you will find Whistling Kite Wines. As you turn off the road and down the sandy drive to the river and cellar door, you can’t help but take in the Barich family’s vineyard, with its varieties of Petit Verdot, Montepulciano, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Viognier, Vermentino and Petit Manseng.
Tony and Pam’s wine making journey started after they were asked to join the Riverland Alternative Wine Group in 2009, which inspired them to follow biodynamic wine principles and see what they looked like in a bottle. Their first vintage in 2010 delivered an exceptional Shiraz and Chardonnay, which was made with the assistance of locally renowned winemaker Eric Semmler of 919 Wines.
With each wine exhibiting amazing flavour and complexity, Pam and Tony encouraged Eric to create a Petit Verdot using wild fermentation. A traditional biodynamic wine making practice, wild fermentation relies on a yeast culture that is gained from the vineyard.
Today, Whistling Kite Wines has found its wings producing a range of quality biodynamic and organic wines whilst embracing traditional growing and wine making principles. A rare find, we invite you to come and sit by the river and listen to the Whistling Kites call as you enjoy a wine or two at their new cellar door (open by appointment) or take a walk through their labyrinth.