Take a passion for sharing good food, good wine and company, add a love of old classic books and movies and so the Grapes of Ross began. Owner and winemaker Ross Virgara says, "being born into a large, lively Italian family, some of our best times were spent in camaraderie around the kitchen table, and this is where I first learned an appreciation for fresh, home-grown food and wine. Helping my father make the family wine was always an exciting privilege!" After years of working in the food industry, which included learning the art of making gourmet smallgoods, Ross followed his passion embarking on a new adventure into commercial winemaking.
He says, “The Grapes of Ross, was named tongue in cheek and my cherished, restored 1929 Chev truck, part of that era, has become our special mascot." The Grapes of Ross boutique wines highlight hand-crafted, fruit-driven and elegant styles grown in the deep loamy soils of fifth generation family vineyards in the Lyndoch Valley, southern Barossa Valley.
Tell us a little about your wine styles, Ross
I happily admit to making wines that I especially enjoy, and I’ve always been passionate about making a great Moscato. The fabulous Frontignac variety used in the Grapes of Ross Moscato ensures a fragrant, luscious wine that has become a favourite. Served with a sharp cheese and pate, fresh oysters or dressed up in a fruit cocktail, it’s a beauty! Another more unique style in my range is the Barossa version of a Super Tuscan blend of co-fermented Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon where complex, harmonious and vibrantly seductive are words that come to mind.
What is it that continues to inspire the Grapes of Ross wines?
Definitely the Barossa – sharing in the wonderful bounty of great wines, traditional foods and amazing countryside, reflecting on the unique history and heritage still evident in the many remaining stone cottages and churches and relishing the friendly community lifestyle. The true essence of the Barossa is where it all begins for me and for the perfect end to the day, nothing beats settling back with a glass of Black Rose Shiraz to watch the last rays of sunlight fading amber and rose over vine and vale to silhouette the peaceful backdrop of the Barossa Ranges. What better inspiration!
The Barossa Valley is home to some of the oldest producing vineyards in the world. Our latest Limited Release, the Spirit of Endurance Shiraz, comes from a century old vineyard nestled on the slopes of the Southern Barossa Ranges.