International wine merchant opens premium Australian winery in Angaston

At the opening of RedHeads Winery, Angaston, is Tom Laithwaites, Tourism Minister David Ridgway, group CEO David Thatcher and manager Alex Trescowthick.
At the opening of RedHeads Winery, Angaston, is Tom Laithwaites, Tourism Minister David Ridgway, group CEO David Thatcher and manager Alex Trescowthick.

Another major spotlight was thrown onto Barossa premium grapes last week with the announcement of the world’s largest direct-to-consumer wine business, UK’s Direct Wines – trading as Laithwaites Wine – opening its premium Australian winery here in the Barossa.

RedHeads winery, located on Angaston Road, between Angaston and Nuriootpa, will now help showcase more SA wine to the world via the company’s global customer base.

The 500-tonne winery, which incorporates eight hectares of vineyard and cellar door will also create several new jobs for this region.

On Friday Tourism Minister David Ridgway, along with Tom Laithwaite, was on hand to promote and welcome the new wine investment.

“We are delighted that Direct Wines has chosen the Barossa Valley as the site of its new premium Australian Winery, which will enable the company direct access to some of the best fruit in the country for its global customer base,” Minister Ridgway said.

“Wine exports are critical to South Australia’s economic success – last year they earned $1.9 billion, a 21 per cent rise on the previous year. We look forward to continued growth in the sector,” he added.

Data reveals, SA produces 50 per cent of all Australian bottled wine and almost 80 per cent of premium wine.