"South Australian wines made with French savoir-faire"
Winemaking has been in the Audras Family since 1835 with origins in the French winemaking region of the Beaujolais, located in the south of Burgundy. In this region, on the Clos-de-Haute Combe family estate, the Audras Family has been crafting complex, fruit-driven wines for generations.
Jacques Audras grew up on the estate and was an official winemaker for over 20 years before migrating to South Australia in 2004. From there, Jacques worked with Paul Gordon at Leconfield Wines in Coonawarra and subsequently advised and made wine for Grancari Estate in McLaren Vale.
It is whilst working at Grancari that Jacques noticed a neglected, unkept vineyard, perched above high on the Onkaparinga Hills. The vines had not been cared for and yet were still growing. When Jacques decided to visit the block, he saw the opportunities which lay in rehabilitating the vineyard, and so began in 2016, a project to transform this wild parcel into a fine Shiraz producing vineyard.
Working the sustainability of the soils, Jacques has been able to produce unique fruit-driven wines.
Jacques brings French winemaking savoir-faire to the South Australian context, using quality McLaren Vale fruit. All of Jacques’ wines rely upon minimal use of oak and as natural of a process as possible.
Now in his fifth Shiraz vintage, and having also produced Riesling and Chardonnay, Jacques is steadily building up an exclusive portfolio of quality wines.