On Friday, March 15th, 2002 Stefano DiGiorgio and the family celebrated quietly when a dream came true. On this date, the family became the proud owners of the second oldest winery in Coonawarra. The winery had been known since the early 1950s as Rouge Homme and holds enormous importance within the winescape of Australia. Rouge Homme is, of course, Redman translated to French, and it was this name which was applied to the very first release of 1951 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Redman family had actually owned this property since 1908, and held it through until its eventual sale to Southcorp Wines Ltd in 1965. The winery is renowned for the production of Jimmy Watson Trophy winning wines and has received numerous other awards for its wines. The purchase by the DiGiorgio family of the winery and surrounding vineyards ensured that the winery was in terrific condition and contained state of the art technology, whilst retaining the historic elements of the building. These include the traditional open fermenters and underground cellar that was the original cellar door of the Redman family. Being the second oldest winery in the district, the aged vines surrounding the winery are planted on the famous terra rossa soil located in the heart of Coonawarra. This has provided the DiGiorgio family with a wonderful source of premium fruit, a state of the art production facility and a centrally located cellar door in Coonawarra.



In 1989 the family set aside four hectares on their Lucindale farm for vines. After much consideration of microclimate, average sunlight hours, water supply and soil testing, the first two hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon were planted. As a result of its initial success, the family gradually developed the vineyard to its 126 hectares with the final planting in 1998. The varieties planted now encompass Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

During the nineties, the fruit was purchased mainly by the large winemaking companies based in Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast. In 1998, the family decided it was time to produce their own bottled wines from the family’s vineyards and to market these wines throughout the world. Initially, the wines were produced at a nearby winery by a contract winemaker. Then in March 2002, though a stroke of fortune, the family became proud owners of the second oldest winery in the world famous Coonawarra district.

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