It’s a whole systems approach…
Organics is not just “chemical free”. For us, it is a whole systems or holistic means of growing and handling our vineyard and fruit.

We consider and nurture all the elements…

Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment.

 

Our Approach to Winemaking





The Wines

History

About Portia Valley

With company owned vineyards nestled at the top of the Monash Valley and on the fertile soils of Loveday in the Riverland, Orico cooperate with Portia Valley Wines which is owned and operated by the Grigoriou family.

Orico cooperate with Portia Valley Wines which was established by Chris and Teresa Grigoriou, Chris being a third generation viticulturist and wine producer and with over 35 years’ experience in both the industry.

Chris’s passion was always to establish a wine company and continue both his father’s and grandfather’s family tradition.

Where better than in the area he gained all his experience, in the heart of Australia’s largest wine growing region, in the Riverland of South Australia.

The naming of Portia Valley is in two parts, named after Chris’s mother Portia, and also the location of the first vineyard where she spent many a long day working, at the top of the Monash valley overlooking the region and township.

The Vineyard

An exceptional terroir

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Orico cooperate with Portia Valley Wines owns and operates almost 100 acres of vineyards in the Riverland wine grape growing region of South Australia. The vineyards are Australian Certified Organic (Producer Number 10936A) and were planted between 1990-2005. A majority of the vines were planted on their own roots with a diverse range of clone stock and selected varieties used.

Varieties planted are:

  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Chardonnay
  • The Riverland region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with low rain fall, mild winters, dry summers and low humidity. Rich and fertile sandy loam soils make this a perfect climate and region for growing organic grapes and the making of organic wines. Vines are trellised on two wires vertical 500 mm apart, with 1.2 meter vine spacing and 3 meter row width, allowing for good air flow and minimising the risk of any disease.

    The vineyard is irrigated by drip irrigation with moisture monitoring and good drainage. Vintage is from late January until mid April each year, and harvesting is all done by machine in the cool of the night. Fortunately, our dry environment rarely has rainfall during harvest so there are few factors during this time that can spoil the fruit of our labour.

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    The Cellars

    Our Collections , enjoy Orico style.

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    Orico International is a business with a long tradition and heritage in the Australian wine industry, with a strong tradition of over delivering on the quality of our wines. We make, source and supply only the very best wine that the most prestigious wine regions in Australia have to offer.

    Grigori family based in the world renowned wine growing region of the Barossa Valley.

    With 4 generations of wine-making experience, family owned and operated business that has been supplying premium quality South Australian wines to the world for over 35 years.

    Orico1259 Selected vineyards are chosen in Australia’s most prized wine regions, including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra, to create single site wines of substance and longevity.With extended oak maturation and traditional, gentle handling, Orico 1259 wines that are not only incredibly beautiful to drink, but also tell a story about our family history.

    The Orico 1159 wines are our representation of South Australia – Australia’s largest and most important wine producing region. Sourcing fruit from different vineyards across the state, from the warm climate of the Riverland down to the cooler Limestone Coast, the wines are multi-regional blends that highlight the best that South Australia has to offer, creating wines even greater than the sum of their parts

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