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 2018, we are now located in the beautiful McLaren Vale region dividing our time between our vineyard and cellar door. Our fervent wish is to continue the vision of our forefathers and share the great wines of South Australia with the world.
As the capital of great winemaking South Australia produces the majority of the nation’s wine, and boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. The venerable old vines found in Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills, through their isolation, survived the great phylloxera plagues that wiped out the vines of North America, Europe and Australia’s eastern vineyards.
South Australia also has a diverse range of regions from the relatively warm temperate climate of the Barossa Valley; to the maritime precincts of McLaren Vale; the cooler areas of the Coonawarra and the warm sun drenched climate of the Riverland region on the Murray River.