History

Grosset Wines was established in 1981 when our founder Jeffrey Grosset purchased an old milk depot in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley. He gave it all the time and energy he had. Ingenuity was essential. Production was tiny and sold out quickly.

Jeffrey Grosset was 15 when his father (an electrician) came home with a bottle of wine and shared it with the family. It was riesling and Jeffrey was gobsmacked. The rest is history. Jeffrey enrolled at Roseworthy Agricultural College on his 16th birthday, completing both Agriculture and Oenology courses by the age of 21. He cut his winemaking teeth at a mid-sized winery before gathering more experience in Germany, then in a very large Australian operation. He was a senior winemaker by the age of 26 but ultimately wanted to do his own thing. So in 1981, he started Grosset Wines.

An innovator who is not shy about challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices, Jeffrey’s focus has always been wine quality and integrity. In the nineties, he fought to have the riesling variety correctly acknowledged. In 2000, Jeffrey and a throng of Clare Valley winemakers encouraged Australian and New Zealand winemakers to switch to screwcaps and the public, retailers and media to embrace the change. He continues to privately fund research into the subject.

His latest project (www.enseal.global) permits verification of product provenance, authenticity and seal integrity utilising emerging technology.