The Oliver family have been growing wine grapes in McLaren Vale for just over 170 years. For most of the Oliver’s Taranga history, the grapes from their McLaren Vale vineyards have been sold to other premium producers. This includes the unusual accolade of being a non-Barossa contributor to Penfolds Grange.
“Six generations of stubborn, competitive growers and one equally spirited winemaker- that’s the Oliver family.” While this summary gives an indication of how Oliver’s Taranga is embedded not only in the wine history of McLaren Vale, but nationally, it does not tell the story of the family’s deep engagement in wineries beyond their family business. Being a part of viticulture from the earliest days of McLaren Vale vineyards, different members of the Oliver family have also worked at other wineries, and it is many of these influences that contributed to Corinna’s engagement in the wine industry and her choice to become a winemaker.
After graduating from her winemaking degree at the University of Adelaide and earning scholarship to study at the University of California, Davis after which she remained in Sonoma to undertake a vintage with Gallo at the Dry Creek winery. Upon returning to Australia, Corrina worked at Penfolds in Nuriootpa and Lindemans in Karadoc after which she returned to the family vineyards in 2004.
This was the beginning of a career that has already made substantial impact in Australian wine. Corrina graduated from the globally recognised Len Evans Tutorial in 2005 and has earned many other leadership accolades along the way, including as a finalist in the 2018 Winemaker of the Year Awards.
Impressive as these achievements may be, it is the whole team at Oliver’s Taranga that contribute to their success, including the contributions made by previous generations. Aside from the number of wines that score 95, 96 and 97 from various judges there is a good number of less well-known varieties that are definitely worth tasting.
The wines at Oliver’s Taranga are boutique, artisan-made and exude quality at every sip.