The Ashmead family, founders of Elderton, arrived in the Barossa Valley in 1981. As such, they cannot claim to be true-blue denizens of this famous South Australian wine region, which boasts sixth- and even seventh-generation grape growers.
However second-generation Allister Ashmead says ‘the history of the Barossa Valley and its winemaking is one we hold dear’. Even if the Barossa’s ‘alcohol and oak get jumped up and down on, we make wines we like to drink’.
And they are not alone. Over the past 40 years, the Ashmeads have developed a loyal following for their Command Shiraz, Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon and Ode to Lorraine red blend from the family’s Nuriootpa vineyard, in central Barossa.