CALABRIA FAMILY WINES
Calabria Family Wines is a dynamic family-owned company that was established by Francesco and Elizabeth Calabria in the bourgeoning NSW Riverina in 1945.Calabria Family Wines, today is under the guiding hand of their son, Bill Calabria. While largely self-taught, Bill has an instinct and passion for the industry and a strong philosophy of keeping it personal, which has ensured that the third generation of the Calabria Family now participates in the family winery.
Bill and his family are committed to producing outstanding premium wines that have won them an array of international accolades. Their company’s motto “Primus Inter Pare”, ‘First among equals’, underpins everything the company represents, as the Calabria family have made wine their life and passion, resulting in both 2009 and 2010 with Calabria Family Wines being announced ‘Family Business of the Year.’ Little wonder the Calabria family embodies all that has made their success story the envy of winemakers around the world.
The Riverina region is home to the Calabria Family. The region enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with winter dominant rainfall and variations of soils from deep red tones through to brown clay loams.
The Riverina is centred around the city of Griffith which was established in the early 1900s. Today the region is the second largest wine grape producing region in Australia. The Calabria Family source their fruit supply from local family grape growers, some of these relationships started when Francesco Calabria founded the winery in 1945. Today the family continue to work closely with the growers to ensure optimum quality.
The Calabria family winery is a multi-purpose winery that has been designed to handle fruit from local family vineyards.
The original winery which houses the family cellar and 60 year old open concrete fermenters which were built by founder Francesco Calabria and his sons, are still used today for all premium red wines.
The commercial winery was constructed for efficiency and with the aim of processing premium fruit from Australia’s best growing regions.