Brackenwood Vineyard was purchased by Damon Nagel in 2003, after first being planted in 1998. It is a 60 Acre property with 18.5 acres under vine and 15 acres native scrub. It is situated 360m to 410m above sea level with an average rainfall, 1000ml per annum giving the vineyard the second wettest sub-region and the second coldest sub-region in Adelaide Hills. The soil profile is made up of Iron Stone & Quartz and was originally planted to Shiraz and Cabernet, with Cab being grafted early to Riesling. The vineyard is now planted out with Riesling, Barbera, Gamay, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard was converted to Biodynamic practices in 2010. Winemaker ”“ Laz Horvath was born and educated in Hungary where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Pomology, Viticulture and Oenology, followed by a Post Graduate degree in Agricultural Environmental Management. During his studies he developed a strong interest in alternative grape varieties and sustainable viticulture practice. Laz completed his sixteen month internship in Napa Valley, California and has since gained wide experience in differing styles of winemaking having worked vintages in the French regions of the Rhone Valley, Burgundy and Languedoc. After a vintage in Australia, he then discovered the cool Adelaide Hills where he joined
Brackenwood in 2010, fell in love with the landscape, great Aussie lifestyle and has found a place to call home.