Dalfarras Wine is a celebration of wine, of art and family. It is the result of the creative union between Alister Purbrick and Rosa Dal Farra, and their eldest daughter Hayley Purbrick. Rosa Dal Farra married winemaker Alister Purbrick in 1982 and joined Australia’s oldest and most revered wine heritage, Tahbilk Vineyard beside Victoria’s Goulburn River. Tahbilk is part of Australia’s First Families of Wine alliance. The chairman of First Families is Tahbilk’s managing director, Alister Purbrick. The company also owns Dalfarras Wines, Tahbilk Wetlands Cafe and Tahbilk Wetlands and Wild Life Reserve.
Founded in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family-owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120 km north of Melbourne), one of the country’s most prestigious wine regions. The property comprises approximately 1,214 hectares of rich river plains with 11 km of frontage on the Goulburn River and 8 km of permanent creeks and streams. Purchased by the Purbrick family in 1925, Tahbilk is home to 5 generations.
Rosa Purbrick is a painter and the wines are named after her maiden name, Dal Farra. With her creative soul, she brings her passion for natural landscapes to her work and vibrant energy to the Dalfarras labels. Many of these lyrical still-life compositions have been used on wine labels for the Dalfarras wine line.
Alister Purbrick, the winemaker, is the 4th generation of the Purbrick family in Tahbilk, adding his winemaking touch to the Italian and Spanish-inspired wines. Their daughter Hayley, passionate about the environment, ensures that the wines are carbon-neutral, modern and environmentally friendly.
Rosa Purbrick, herself named after the native hardy rose species, has been watching over the vines her entire life. Born in Mildura, she grew up in a large Italian family with a heritage rooted in homemade wine. Rosa remembers picking bunches of grapes and stacking them in old "dip tins." She and her siblings would weave grape leaves through the perforations to entertain themselves on hot summer afternoons when energy levels dropped and heads became hazy with the buzz of insects.
In many vineyards across Australia, visitors find rose bushes carefully planted at the end of low rows of vines. Immaculate punctuation marks in a sea of lush greenery, these decorative details also serve a practical function as a barometer of vine disease. If a rose is sick, the vine will be too.
Dalfarras’ philosophy is to source fruit from a range of parcels (Terroir) offering exceptional quality. The Dalfarras wine range offers lively and straightforward fruit characters and brilliant varietal definition in a bold and contemporary image presentation.