Yarran Wines


Yarran Wines - Winner Halliday Dark Horse Winery of the Year 2021

Now run and managed by Sam, his parents Lorraine and John (late) Brewer purchased the property in 1978 with another local family and set out to re-develop an old fruit farm into a vineyard which the winery and cellar door now call home; in the Riverina, Yenda, NSW.

Initially the vineyards were developed to supply larger local wineries, it would be another 20 years of grape growing before Yarran Wines was hatched with the first release of Shiraz in 1998. At the time (and still to this day) Sam has played the role as small/boutique player in a region of influential and hugely successful wineries in the region. Paving a path to showcase our region’s diversity and varietal expression has meant many years of vineyard and winery development. This next era will see Yarran achieve their final stages of organic certification leading to a bigger push into unique regional varieties and hopefully some great vintages under the Yarran brand.

Sam recalls growing up on the vineyard he had an early fascination and curiosity in the process of grape growing and winemaking after accompanying his father in the truck each vintage to deliver our grapes to local wineries. The noise, equipment and general hype around the winery hooked him in. On reflection he remembers asking an older winemaker at the time what he thought of the job; his answer…. “don’t do it mate!”. Some days he admits he still feel this sentiment though it does pass when good plans come to and end with a Yarran wine being enjoyed on someone’s table.

Yarran Vineyards and Sustainability. 

For the last 10 years at Yarran there has been a continued focus on developing our vineyard to a lower yielding, higher quality, more efficient and sustainable operation. In recent times we have embarked on organically farming part of the vineyard and in the next year we will see the certification process nearing completion. In conjunction with organics we have been using a number of techniques such as hand pruning, foliage positioning and shoot thinning which are very hands on but the increase in fruit flavours and intensity is worth the extra work. We have also replanted parts of the vineyard to varieties (such as Montepulciano) that really suit the warm, dry region and are more sustainable in the longer term.

We are currently using solar power for some of our energy needs but will also be installing more solar in the coming months. Within the winery we have converted our winemaking to remove any animal products in the process and are making wines with lower preservatives and less inputs.

Here at ValeVino we are super proud to have available a select range of Yarran wines for your enjoyment. 

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