Charles Melton Wines

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Coordinates: 34°33′38″S 138°58′06″E / 34.560612°S 138.968275°E / -34.560612; 138.968275

Charles Melton Wines
Charles Melton Wines.jpg
Location Tanunda, South Australia, Australia
Appellation Barossa Valley (wine)
Founded 1986
Key people Charles Melton
Virginia Weckert
Cases/yr 15,000
Known for Nine Popes
Varietals Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

Charles Melton Wines is an Australian winery based in Tanunda, within the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia.


90-year-old Grenache vines at Charles Melton Winery

Charles Melton was first introduced to winemaking as a career at Hurlstone Agricultural High School.[1]

Melton worked as a cellar hand at Krondorf Wines between 1974 and 1976, before moving to Saltram Wines to work with Andrew Wigan and Peter Lehmann.[1]

In 1979 Saltram was sold to Seagram and Melton followed Lehmann to work at the newly established Peter Lehmann Wines.[1]

Melton continued work at Peter Lehmann Wines until 1986 when he and his wife Virginia established Charles Melton Wines.[1]

Charles Melton has been credited as "single-handedly reviving the grenache grape in Australia".[2]

On 20 October 2007, Melton was inducted into the "Barons of the Barossa", an organisation that recognises people that have made a significant contribution to the Barossa Valley wine community.[1]


About 15,000 cases of wine are produced each vintage.[3]

The most well known wine produced by Charles Melton is the Nine Popes. It is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre.[4] The first vintage of this wine was produced in 1988,[5] and it was the first GSM blend made in the Barossa Valley.[6] Langton's Classification of Australian Wine placed this wine at the level of "Excellent" in 2000 and "Distinguished" in 2005 and 2010.[7]

A rosé style wine made from Grenache, and named Rose of Virginia after his wife[5] "is regarded as one of Australia's best roses".[8][9]

See also[edit]

List of wineries in the Barossa Valley


  1. ^ a b c d e "Charles Melton". Barons of the Barossa. 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  2. ^ "New York Times - EN ROUTE: Australia; One Superstar Wine Deserves Another". 1999-10-13. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Australian Wine Companion - Charles Melton". 34.5536730000,138.9530640000: Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Barossa rides again". 1996-02-03. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Charles Melton". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  6. ^ Halliday, James (2006). Wine Atlas of Australia. University of California Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-520-25031-4. 
  7. ^ "Langton's Classification History". 2003-07-14. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Think pink: the future's looking rose for Australian wine". SMH. 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  9. ^ Brook, Stephen (2002-02-01). "A welcome change". Decanter. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 

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