About us


Like all great stories, the story of Ortus wines is full of passion, adventure, disappointment and fear but above all strength and determination, begins in 1848 with the arrival of Johann Gottlieb Bittner from Prussia via Hamburg to South Australia. Within three short years the Bittner family purchase their first allotment in the township of Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley, and the rest as they say is history.

Fast forward to 2012, we now divide our time between our estate in McLaren Vale, along with vineyards in the Barossa, Coonawarra and Riverland with our offices based in Adelaide. Our fervent wish is to continue the vision of our forefathers and share the great wines of South Australia with the world.