Starting with Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli, our history encompasses the universal story of immigrants making good in an adopted land through hard work, innovation and the support of family and friends.
From humble beginnings making small amounts of dry table wine, mostly for fellow European immigrants, De Bortoli Wines expanded and consolidated under the direction of Vittorio and Giuseppina’s energetic son Deen and his wife Emeri. Their four children – Darren, Leanne, Kevin and Victor – joined the family business and developed De Bortoli’s reputation for premium wine, firstly through iconic dessert wine Noble One and then via the success of the cool climate wines produced at the family’s Yarra Valley Estate.
Today, as a fourth generation contemplates entering the family business, De Bortoli Wine’s official motto, Semper ad Majora (“always striving for better”) and the unofficial one (good food, good wine and good friends) remain as true and central as ever.
The grapes are grown and crushed, and the wine fermented and bottled at the family winery. Lillypilly now has a diverse range of wines from dry to sweet, including dessert and fortified wines. Robert has won over 1000 awards and his passion for wine continues to enable him to capture the Riverina region’s unique climate and flavours in a bottle.
Our philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard and should reflect the region where the grapes that made it are grown. Achieving this must involve both vineyard and winery.
In the vineyard, it means thoughtful site selection, vine maturity and a move towards sustainable, biological farming practices that deliver exceptional fruit quality and real environmental benefits. It also involves an increasing embrace of single vineyard wines.
In the winery, it’s all about restraint, minimal interference and allowing the wine to ‘make itself’. With our winemaking, the mantra “it’s harder to do nothing” expresses our approach.
“Character and personality in wine comes from the imperfections of nature,”
Chief winemaker Steve Webber believes that to make wines of “detail, texture and minerality, charm and interest” it has to be about “site and season”.
A night of sensational wine and incredible musicians performing intimate and acoustic under the stars. Chant du Vin – The Song of Wine is where premium winemakers and Australia’s top musicians combine to present an exclusive wine experience like no other.