There are a great many winemakers in Australia, but few have the history that Wolf Blass does. Founded in 1966, this single house has won over 8,500 awards and continues winning today. Chief Winemaker Chris Hatcher has continued to produce outstanding wines from the Barossa Valley in Southeastern Australia.
Founded by Wolfgang Franz Otto, this house has consistently been at the forefront of the Australian winemaking industry. Blass arrived in Australia from Germany in 1961. He was poor, but had a degree in winemaking. He found work at Scott and Tolley as a winemaker.
Soon, he was able to start his own label. The rest is a long history of great winemaking. Blass’s famous quote was that his wines would “make strong women weak and weak men strong”.
Blass was interviewed by Decanter magazine in 2014. His personality is as bold as his wines.
"turned the bloody place upside down," he says, eyes twinkling with the memory. "I worked for eight or nine companies, for AU$2.50 an hour. Jim Barry, Bleasdale, Tolley’s, Basedow’s, Normans, Woodley’s. I was pretty busy. My little Volkswagen was running around all over the place.”
Blass, still has definite opinions and has no problem sharing them with the world. His interviews are fun and interesting. Each one is a must read for wine lovers everywhere. As much as his opinions seem brash, they are also very difficult to argue with!
Wolf Blass sources grapes from throughout Australia including Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, and Coonawarra. This broad range of grape sources allows Wolf Blass to offer a huge variety of wines for suit any tastes.
The variety of wines produced by Wolf Blass is astounding:
CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT
CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ
CABERNET SHIRAZ MALBEC
CHARDONNAY PINOT NOIR
PINOT NOIR CHARDONNAY
SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC
SHIRAZ CABERNET MALBEC
SHIRAZ MERLOT CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wolf Blass Wines
Wolf Blass wines are sold under coloured labels. From finest to most common, they are black, brown, eaglehawk, gold, red, and yellow. Even the yellow is a wine to celebrate, but it is the black label wines that consistently win awards and dominant their classes at shows and on store shelves.
In 2015, Wolf Blass was named International Winery of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This marked the first time in over 15 years that an Australian winery took home the award. At the same competition, the 2012 Grey Label Cabernet Shiraz won the “Best Cabernet Shiraz of Show”. These accolades are just two examples of the decades long history of award wins that the house has been honoured with.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced label to dedicate yourself to, Wolf Blass is ideal, particularly for the red wine connoisseur! The variety of grapes, the skills with which the wines are crafted, and the history of the vintner virtually guarantee that every wine drinker will be pleased with a Wolf Blass wine.