Winery:Brand's Of Coonawarra
Little wonder our Coonawarra vineyard produces such magnificent reds. There are no stunning views here. No meandering rivers, no rolling hills. At first glance, Coonawarra appears featureless. Until you look down. That red soil is the famous 'terra rossa'. It is every winemaker's dream. The wines it produces are peerless. You will never forget your first.
The legend of the Brand's Laira vineyard dates back to 1893. It was the year that Captain Stentiford an English sea captain took up a 28 hectare vineyard in the heart of the legendary terra rossa strip of Coonawarra.
This vineyard was part of the original Coonawarra fruit colony and Stentiford named the property 'Laira' after an old square rigged ship trading around the coasts of Australia and New Zealand.
The property was acquired in 1950 by Eric Brand and his wife Nancy. In 1966 Eric and his family established Brand's winery becoming the first small winemaker of Coonawarra. The family produced wine until 1994 when the winery was purchased by McWilliams Wines, laying the foundations of winemaking excellence that have continued into the into the next century.
Brand's Laira Coonawarra continues the traditions of the past by producing premium quality award winning wines from Australia's most recognised wine region.
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