Purple Hands Barossa Valley

Purple Hands Wines was set up by two good friends; Craig Stansborough, Chief Winemaker with Grant Burge Wines from the Barossa Valley with his own vineyard and Mark Slade who had a passion for wine.


The story behind the name

Anyone who has made red wine will know what a pair of purple stained hands looks like. A red wine makers hands become stained purple during vintage due to the constant contact with grape skins and the juice. This was the inspiration behind our name and wine label.

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The winery is located in the southern Barossa area, a 32 Acre vineyard with a great aspect and near perfect dirt, friable red clay over limestone, ideal for growing high quality red grapes. The vineyard plantings include Shiraz, Montepulciano and Aglianico. Purple Hands sources premium fruit from this vineyard as well as Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon from a small group of dedicated and passionate growers from the region. The southern end of the valley is recognized as the “cooler” end of the valley, with slightly lower temperatures and longer ripening periods to develop flavours.

Craig checking the grapes
Craig checking the grapes

The passion of Purple Hands

Purple Hands is focused on producing premium wines showcasing not only the Barossa but each little patch Purple Hands Vineyardof dirt where they source grapes from. Their aim to make balanced wines so they can be consumed as young wines, but will also become interesting and enjoyable older wines. This means the wines can be enjoyed now but can cellar.

Awards & Recognition

Over the past 12 years, Purple Hands has won numerous awards including Adelaide Review Hot 100, James Halliday’s Top 100, gold medals in the Barossa (Adelaide) Australian Alternate Varieties wine shows and Tony Love’s Top 100.
Craig Stansborough was awarded the 2014 Barossa Winemaker of the Year by the Barons of the Barossa. The Barons of Barossa was founded in 1974 by a group of influential Barossa wine industry personalities. The focus of the Barons of Barossa has remained unchanged since its foundation and it continues to proudly and enthusiastically support Barossa wine, viticulture, gastronomy, heritage and the arts.

Information sourced from Purple Hands. For more details check out the Purple Hands website.

Swanny Cellars is a big supporter of Purple Hands. Drop in or call us about the range of wines that we stock!

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