The Winemaker

The-WinemakerAnton van Klopper got started in cookery and hospitality management, but after 10 years being exposed to great wine; it was time to get his hands dirty. Anton graduated with first class honors from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science, Oenology.

Anton spent the first several years after University travelling the world doing vintages in Germany, New Zealand and in Oregon, USA. “I was lucky enough to work with many winemakers that challenged my conceptual ideas of winemaking. By the time I was at Domaine Serene (Oregon), I understood that all great wines express where they are from and anything that steals from that expression makes for dull wine. A good winemaker must have an intimate knowledge of every part of the vineyard.”

2002, with wife Sally and daughter Lucy, Anton purchased a 16 acre cherry orchard and began creating their own “Domaine” in the Adelaide Hills. “We aim to produce wines that express themselves. To achieve this at the highest level I would never consider adding yeast, bacteria, acid, sugar or any of the other artificial or natural additives. A winemaker can choose to be an artist or a chemist. I believe that winemaking is a craft; all our decisions are made with the aid of a wine glass and traditional skills, with the aim of developing the wines true identity.”

We are now part of the Basket Range community and take small parcels of fruit from friend’s small vineyards that surround this unique part of the Adelaide Hills.
My skills have also increased in the last few years by using the perceptive palate technique and clairsentient thought. More recently this impulse has formed a group of beautiful people that understand natural wine. In regards to this my close family is Sam Hughes, James Erskine, Tom Shobbrook. The four of us form Natural Selection Theory, a wine movement that is like free flow jazz, outragous winemaking with no beat of security, only an endevor to push the boundry of wine beyond its stale present.
Finally it is worth mentioning that there is a new band-wagon of so called natural producers in Australia, most of which have no integraty and are trend followers.  If their wines don’t feel natural, then it is not! Turn to the ancient principle, ‘in spirit there is matter and in matter there is spirit’.