Large Australian wine company with multiple possessions in the states of South Australia and Victoria. The foundation stone was laid by Joseph Ernest Seppelt (1813-1868), immigrated from Silesia in 1849, who after a short attempt as a tobacco farmer in Adelaide in 1851 Barossa Valley
(South Australia) under the name Seppeltfield Winery founded
the parent company. At the beginning, the wines were produced in the dairy of his wife Johanna Charlotte. It was not until 1867 that a cellar was built. After the founder's early death, his eldest son, Oscar Benno Pedro Seppelt (1845-1931), continued operations. Under his leadership, vineyard ownership increased to 227 hectares until 1875. In addition to viticulture, the breeding of sheep (which in the autumn grazed in the vineyards) and operated with the grape mash pigs operated. Furthermore, a laboratory was built and a distillery built and put into operation. In 1900, the property had grown to over 600 hectares.
As one of 16 children, his son Oscar Benno Seppelt (1873-1963) studied viticulture in Wien
and returned to Australia in 1895. After his father retired from the business in 1916, he took over the management of the business. The company continued to expand enormously. In 1918, the purchase of a winery in the area Grampians (Subrange Great Western). The winery bought Seppelt from his friend Hans Irvine, who produced this sparkling wine. The more than three kilometers long arches were created in the search for gold and were ideally suited for the storage of sparkling wine. This winery is today called Seppelt Great Western
Oscar Benno Seppelt was very innovative and always strives to improve production. So he designed and patented a tank for the pasteurization
of wine. He had no children, after his death took over first his brother Leo Seppelt and after this one adopted daughter's operation. The company B. Seppelt & Sons came in 1984 in the possession of South Corp
who finally graduated in 2005 from beverage multinational Foster's
was acquired. In May 2011, this company stored all its wine activities in its own company listed on the stock exchange Treasury Wine Estates
which now includes Seppelt.
There will be still wines and sparkling wines from the GI areas Barossa Valley
(South Australia), Grampians
(South Australia) and Rutherglen
(Victoria) produced under many brand names. The two top sparkling wines are marketed under "Drumborg" and "Salinger". Further sparkling wine brands are "Great Western", "Fleur de Lys" and "Queen Adelaide". Amongst the still wines, Grampians from the Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz grape varieties are among the premium wines. The Seppeltfield Winery
produces fortified wines in sherry and port wine style.