Our 170th Birthday Celebrations


The countdown went for 170 days. 170 bottles of wine were opened and 170 people turned up at the Oliver’s Taranga barrel shed last Saturday night to celebrate 170 years of continued family grape growing and winemaking in McLaren Vale.

Wine industry; writers; locals; friends and interstate guests joined members of the Oliver family including Margie Oliver (Administration Manager); fifth generation and present-day Managing Director Don Oliver; 88-year-old fourth generation Matriarch Marjorie Oliver (Gran); sixth-generation cousins Corrina Wright (winemaker) and Brioni Oliver (Cellar Door Manager) for a rustic 14 dish feast prepared by Andre Ursini of Andre’s Cucina and Polenta Bar in Adelaide.

Before the event a group of media including James Halliday; Judy Sarris; Nick Stock and Nick Ryan were led by artist Roz Miller in an artistic exercise which had them create art using wine; vines and leaves.

Outside the barrel shed, guests enjoyed Arras sparkling wine on arrival from current Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year Ed Carr before the candle-lit barrel shed was unveiled and the feast of barramundi; porchetta; polenta; salumi; mozzarella began. Guest were entertained with music by local folk duo The Yearlings and speeches from Corrina, Don and Brioni with a toast to the family’s former generations.

The event caps off a successful year so far for Oliver’s Taranga who this year released their first McLaren Vale Vermentino and will begin the process of making their vineyards organically certified.

Winemaker Corrina Wright said the event was about celebrating the past and the pioneers but also about making a toast to the future.

“We’re so lucky to have held onto our patch of McLaren Vale for 170 years – and thankful that the first generation, William and Elizabeth Oliver chose this very special part of South Australian winemaking territory,” she said.

You can see all 170 of the posts in the blog countdown at http://www.oliverstaranga.com– the most recent including information on each generation.

James Halliday’s Weekend Australian Magazine story: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/dynasty-of-the-vine/story-e6frg8h6-1226209401709

Philip White’s review of the 170th party: http://drinkster.blogspot.com/2011/10/olivers-taranga-170th-vintage-party.html

Matt Gilbertson’s story in The Sunday Mail: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/a-truly-grape-dynasty/story-fn8hjtzy-1226161884040

Story from the Southern Times Messenger: http://southern-times-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/olivers-celebrate-170-years/