In the next 80 years, three generations of the two families worked diligently to manage the land and cultivate the vineyard. The vines cultivated such high-quality grapes that the wine produced from them was specially selected for the British royal family.
Karl Cimicky purchased the property in 1970, expanding the vineyards and building the now historical Tuscan-style winery. When Karl retired in the '80s, his son Charles took over the business.
With an impressive pedigree and commitment to quality, Cimicky Wines have featured in Bucking-ham Palace menus and enjoyed all over the world.
In 1982, at the age of 26, Charles Cimicky was an emerging star in the wine industry. He won numerous international gold medals with his range of wines. A particular highlight was the “Old Fireside” Port vintages of 1978 and 1979, which were particularly outstanding and won gold medals in fortified wine competitions worldwide. This Port is still a popular rated product in Langton’s Port section.
2008, Charles and Jennie decided to excavate a huge underground cellar to better store their wine barrels after suffering several increasingly hot summers. This beautiful French-style wine barrel cellar is sited on the east side of the castle.
When awarding Cimicky Wines our 2021 5-star review, James Halliday AM, an Australian wine writer and critic, is quoted as describing Cimicky Winery as “An outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality.”
Cimicky Winery, located in the Barossa Valley, South Australia was one of the very first wineries in Australia. The Cimicky property was originally settled in Lyndoch in 1842 by early German pioneers.
In 1920, immediately after World War I, King George V granted this Crown land to Leslie Norman Ward, who had been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in World War I. Leslie Ward studied at St. Peters, a private school in Adelaide. After graduating in 1914, he became a member of the Australian Flying Corps, who served throughout the conflict.
When Charles' father officially retired from the winery in 1980, Charles and his partner Jennie took over and changed the winery's name to Charles Cimicky Wines. They began a survey of the estate and terroir to further their knowledge and understanding of the winery and to identify more suitable vine/ grape varieties to cultivate. At the same time, they planted the winery gardens to complement the stunning Barossa landscape and views.
In 1995, Cimicky Wines were chosen by Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, to be served at the royal banquet at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th World War II anniversary of the Allies victory. This event had the largest number of guests since the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
Sam Kurtz joined Cimicky in 2018 as Chief Winemaker and Winery General Manager; born and raised in the Barossa Valley, he is the 6th generation of his family to work in the region. Previously to joining Cimicky, Sam worked for Pernod Ricard Winemakers for 23 vintages in various roles such as Winemaker in charge for Group Red and Fortified. He is highly experienced, and under his leadership, Cimicky has returned to the ranks of the very best wineries in Australia – Five Star Winery in James Halliday Wine Companion Australia 2021. The Cimicky winemaking team also won two “Best of the Best” – Exceptional Awards – from the world wine master James Halliday AM.