Family Vineyards are established just west of the McLaren Vale township. Its
vineyards have flourished, now its sought-after McLaren Vale wines are
available on the Australian and export markets.
The story of the Curtis
Family Vineyards is really the story of how everything old came new again...of
how European immigrants came to Australia, struggled against the odds and then
applied old world values and experience to produce fine wines.
The new faces behind the Curtis Family Vineyards are Mark, Thomas
& Jenna Curtis, with the guidance of their father, Claudio Curtis who lives
on the vineyard just outside McLaren Vale. The name Curtis is thought to derive
from Curtius, a noble and wealthy family of the First and Second Centuries AD,
the Roman Empire era originating from the Latinium people.
Records show that the Curtis Family name first appeared in Cervaro in 1471, a
town established by the Latinium tribe in Central Italy around the Second
Century AD. Cervaro is situated approximately 10klms south of the monastery
town of Monte Cassino, the site of some of the bitterest fighting between the
Allied and German forces in Italy during World war II.
In 1499 the Cardinal de Medici allocated Paolo Curtis the authority to
administer the Papal lands in the area around Cervaro. Upon these rich soils
they established vineyards and olive groves, which are still farmed by the
family. They became major wine producing families, selling to large city
merchants from Naples and Rome. The Second World War took its toll upon the
buildings used as a winery and barrel storage, but more destructive was the
introduction of the Phylloxera grape vine louse, badly damaging the vineyards.
Some were replanted and are harvested today. It was whilst the later replanting
was taking place that the young Claudio Curtis first became involved in
vineyards. While his parents tendered the newly growing vines, Claudio tried to
help by removing the growing shoots. The Curtis Family have been growning
grapes and making wine in McLaren Vale since 1973.
Today the Curtis Family are concentrating on developing complex premium wines
for the Australian market. Premium wines that show the Curtis Family passion
for great McLaren Vale Wines.
Gli evviva a lei e al buono vino dalla famiglia di curtis - Cheers to you and
to good wine ---The Curtis Family