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 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 and studied three years of agriculture and two years of oenology, finishing at the age of 21. He cut his winemaking teeth at Seppelt and worked a few vintages at Great Western before gathering more experience in Germany, and Lindemans in Mildura. He was a senior winemaker by the age of 26 but ultimately wanted to do his own thing. So in 1981, he purchased an old milk depot in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley. He is now one of the most celebrated riesling producers in Australia.
Jeffrey has always been an innovator and is not shy about challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. In the late eighties, when there was a push in the industry to apply the term riesling to cask wine (no matter the variety in the wine), Jeffrey fought hard to protect it and won.
We’ve also got him to thank for introduction of screwcap closures. In 2000, Jeffrey and a throng of Clare Valley winemakers went on a crusade to encourage Australian and New Zealand winemakers to switch to screwcaps and the public, retailers and media to embrace the change. Jeff continues to privately fund research into the subject, including The Australian Wine Research Institute’s literature review ‘Impact of the closure on bottled wine development: A global industry review’.
Communication to a wider audience is key and it’s a challenge he’s committed to tackling.