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23 Aug 2011

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 86): Charlie Melton, Charles Melton Wines

Having started in the winemaking business back in 1984, today Charlie Melton owns about 50 acres of Barossa vineyard and is mostly known for his fine red table wines, under the label Charles Melton wines. His wines range from a light red, ‘The Rose of Virginia’, to Australia’s premier Rhone-style red, ‘Nine Popes’; as well as small quantities of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling Shiraz. Charlie is also the only Australian producer of a vin-santo styled dessert wine, Sotto di Ferro.

Charlie, who has over 35 years winemaking experience in the Barossa, counts the community, history and the vineyards of the Barossa as the secret to his success. Charlie points out that wines from the Barossa are typical rich without being high in alcohol. He goes on to explain that they are able to take the traditional richness of the vines and tone them down to make the finer more elegant wines, which they have gained recognition for, both nationally and internationally.

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