The Artisans of the Barossa is a community of eight unique wine brands, formed to showcase their commitment to small-batch Barossa winemaking. Our alignment of these eight winemakers means you can taste over 100 Barossa wines under one roof – an opportunity often unavailable to small wine producers.
Each of our Artisan winemakers offer something different, and we are proud to showcase their craft.
The Story of Lienert Vineyards
The Lienert family landed on the Barossa’s western edge in the 1850s, adopting the lion head as their family crest – a nod to their Prussian heritage and pioneering spirit.
Five generations on and Barossan brothers John and James Lienert have transformed the family farm on the western edge of the Barossa Valley into a viticultural wonderland, where the maker’s role has fallen quickly to James, as has grower to John.
Each year, John and James reserve parcels of fruit from select vineyard blocks to be sold under the Lienert and Jack West Wines labels.
New vineyard plantings started to appear around the family farm in the late 1990s and opened the possibility of establishing vineyards on the property. So, in 2001 the family planted 12 hectares by hand, and in 2004 and 2005, the first crop was sold to Penfolds. The winemakers loved the inky black colours, intense flavour and distinctive savoury/ mineral edge from Shiraz grown in this soil.
The Lienert brothers are very aware of the age of the land and keen to promote soil health by returning as much organic matter from the vintage as possible.
“Every wine we make is produced from fruit grown in our vineyards. From the vineyard to glass, I believe there is a logical order to making great wine, with healthy soils becoming the foundation of a healthy vineyard, and the healthier the vine, the better result in the glass.”
Reasons to love Lienert Vineyards
Subscribing to the mantra ‘less is more, this wine preserves and promotes the natural flavour, character and texture of the fruit grown on the estate. This wine showcases purity of fruit, elegance and fine structure. Working in partnership, the brothers aim to retain all the more delicate flavours through varying soil promotion, growing and winemaking techniques and subtle use of oak, capturing the best potential of the fruit produced.