Charles Melton Wines, Tanunda

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Charles Melton Wines is an Australian winery based in Tanunda, within the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia.HistoryCharles Melton was first introduced to winemaking as a career at Hurlstone Agricultural High School.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.In 1979 Saltram was sold to Seagram and Melton followed Lehmann to work at the newly established Peter Lehmann Wines.Melton continued work at Peter Lehmann Wines until 1986 when he and his wife Virginia established Charles Melton Wines.Charles Melton has been credited as "single-handedly reviving the grenache grape in Australia".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.WinesAbout 15,000 cases of wine are produced each vintage.The most well known wine produced by Charles Melton is the Nine Popes. It is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. The first vintage of this wine was produced in 1988, and it was the first GSM blend made in the Barossa Valley. Langton's Classification of Australian Wine placed this wine at the level of "Excellent" in 2000 and "Distinguished" in 2005 and 2010.
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  • Charles' winery is a pleasant place for tasting wine. Sit at a large wooded table with others for the event. Only distraction was the smokey fire place, nicely warming the room but emitting an unwelco...  more »
  • A trip to Barossa cannot go without stopping in here. We only wanted to try the wines as they're famous for their 'Nine popes' and 'Father in law'. We were greeted and looked after by Charles' daughte...  more »
  • My husband and I brought my mother to visit the Barossa, along with 2 of our great friends living in Sydney. We visited Charles Melton after a very disappointing visit at nearby Rockford. Our Aussie f...  more »
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  • We went at a quiet time (Monday 11am) and were given a lot of attention for the tasting. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. 2013 Nine Popes was my favourite red wine to taste. Would love to come back again.
  • Although the winery is in a beautiful welcoming location, the service is anything but. We were served one glass of Riesling to taste and that's it. Either we were forgotten or ignored, we didn't feel welcomed. Would love to come and try this again as the food and wines did look nice.
  • The owners were really friendly and accommodating. The winery itself was very romantic and we had a wonderful lunch on the verandah before deciding to relocated to a table on the lawn. Wine tasting was great and we left with a couple of bottles of wine as well. Would definitely recommend visiting.
  • Great winery and cellar door. Very friendly people and lovely dogs :) Rose and Nine Popes are must-buy.
  • Poor customer service no one was interested we were ignored have had better customer service from the wineries in Melb