Gregory Blaxland was one of the early pioneer farmers and explorers of the colony of New South Wales. He, along with Lawson & Wentworth, were the first men to cross the Blue Mountains in 1813. He was one of the first settlers to plant wine grapes in the young colony and became the first Australian winemaker to win an International Wine Medal when his wine won a Silver Medal from the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1823.
Blaxland Wine Group was formed in 1995 with the aim of growing premium quality grapes for most of the major Australian wine companies. The company was named after Gregory Blaxland so as to acknowledge his pioneering spirit and follow in his footsteps in striving for quality.
Today Blaxland Wine Group is the twelfth largest vineyard owner in Australia with 3 major vineyard complexes – Old Mundulla vineyard- Limestone Coast, St Magnus Vineyard- Adelaide Hills and Tanunda Hill in the Barossa.
Over the years Blaxland has developed its own portfolio of wines which are made from some of the best parcels of fruit from their extensive vineyards. These wines have been hand-crafted and as a result have won a number of awards.
Trophy winner 2012 Winemaker Challenge- International Wine Competition California
The First Fleet 2011 Sauvignon Blanc won the trophy for the Best Sauvignon Blanc in Show at the prestigious Californian- Winemaker Challenge- International Wine Competition, beating out Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. In addition the 2010 First Fleet Shiraz, Cabernet & Chardonnay all won Silver Medals.
other awards won by Blaxland wines include:
2014 China Wine & Spirits Awards –
: 3 Double Gold Medals, 3 Gold Medals & 4 Silver Medals
2014 Berlin Wine Trophy
: 2 Silver Medals
2014 Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters Tasting
: Silver Medal
2012 LA International Wine Fair
: 1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals