Thorn-Clarke | Barossa
Winemaker - Peter Kellyhttp://www.thornclarkewines.com.au
The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship of two long time Barossa families. Founders David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) work with their son Sam in this family orientated business. The Thorn-Clarke family has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the regions world famous wine industry.
Today the Clarke family is one of the Barossa Valleys largest grape growers and winemakers with over 700 acres of vineyard spread across four sites in the Barossa and Eden Valley. Having grown grapes and sold the fruit to other wineries for a number of years the Thorn-Clarke name is relatively young as a winemaker with the release of their first wines in 2001.
Although only making wines for approximately 10 years the winery has received a five star rating from Australian Wine critic James Halliday (awarded to wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity) , and U.S wine writer Robert Parker has described Thorn-Clarke as producing some of the best value reds in Australia. The record on the Australian wine show circuit over this period is enviable and includes 16 trophies, 55 Gold.