Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass was the founder of Wolf Blass wines. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Oenology, he spent some time in England to sharpen his skills in wine-blending and settled in Barossa Valley in 1961. After five years, the winery was established
Some interesting facts about winery
- 1967 Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz was the first wine to be named under Wolf Blass Label.
- The two reasons which contributed to the eagle becoming the emblem present on most of Wolf Blass labels were – Eagle is the national emblem of Germany and country where Wolfgang Blass was born. Second, three-hectare Bilyara site was acquired in 1969 and ‘Bilyara’ is an aboriginal word for Eaglehawk.
- A new Wolf Blass Winery was opened in 2001 estimated to be worth $30 million
Wolf Blass has vineyards in various wine-regions of Australia such as – Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale.
Important winemakers at Wolf Blass
John Glaetzer was the first winemaker to be employed at Wolf Blass in 1970. He was escalated to the position of senior winemaker in 1974 and was responsible for producing some of the very popular wines for the winery.
Caroline Dunn took the postion of red winemaker at Wolf Blass in 1997. She played a key role in the making of Platinum Label Shiraz and the Gold Label range. She became the first women to win Jimmy Watson Trophy for 1998 Black Label.
Chris Hatcher is currently the chief winemaker at Wolf Blass. Before joining Wolf Blass in 1987, he had worked with Simi Winery and Orlando and Kaiser Stuhl in Barossa Valley. For first 10 years, he worked as senior winemaker in charge of Wolf Blass whites and sparklings. During that period, wines made under him won total of 39 trophies and 218 gold medals.
- Wolf Blass White Label
- Wolf Blass Gold Label
- Wolf Blass Yellow Label
- Wolf Blass Black Label
- Wolf Blass Brown Label
Iconic wines from Wolf Blass
- Wolf Blass Black Label
- Platinum Label Barossa Shiraz
Awards and Recognition
- Wolf Blass won Jimmy Watson Trophy for 3 consecutive years in 1974,1975 and 1976; once in 1999.
- 1980 Black Label won the trophy for ‘Best Australian Red Wine’ at International Wine and Spirits Competition(IWSC) in 1984.
- Wolf Blass won Robert Mondavi Trophy for Winemaker of the year at IWSC in 1992.
- Wolfgang Blass won the Maurice O’Shea Award for his extraordinary contribution to the Australian wine industry over a span of 35 years.
- Wolf Blass was named IWC International Red Winemaker of the Year in 2008.
- IWSC International Winemaker of the Year, the Intervin Winery of the Year, IWC Red Winemaker of the year and CWSA Australian Wine Producer of the Year were some of the awards won by Wolf Blass in 2013.
- Wolf Blass was for the third time awarded 2016 Red Winemaker of the Year at International Wine Challenge in London (previously in the year 2008 and 2013).