Showcasing The Excellence Of Bleasdale Winery In South Australia

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At Gorilla we are passionate about our clients & helping them achieve their full potential throughout their 160 years of innovation. Read about how Bleasdale Winery has excelled within the South Australian wine industry through the words of Katie Spain. The Producers Book by BudMedia showcases Bleasdale Winery & so many more Gorilla clients.


Langhorne Creek winery, Bleasdale isn’t out to be the biggest of them all. “We just want to be a winery that’s well respected,” general manager Martin Strachan says. “And true to our roots.”

Those roots stem back to 1850, when Bleasdale Vineyards was established by Frank Potts. The first 30 acres of Shiraz and Verdelho were planted soon after. 

The property is located on the region’s wide floodplains, where early grape growers harnessed the Bremer River’s natural flooding and Frank developed a system of levees and floodgates to capture and divert water and trap nutrient-rich silt across the entire vineyard. The vigour in growth caused by this natural abundance of water sometimes presented challenges but it is now managed by modern viticultural practices. Over the years, further varieties were planted, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Bleasdale’s fifth and sixth -generation family members continue to contribute and capture the essence of what makes the region’s red wines so special – vibrancy, harmony and texture. In 2011, they began sourcing Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc from the cooler Adelaide Hills region, and quickly built a reputation for quality and value white wines.

They’ve won awards for their efforts. In 2018, senior winemaker Paul Hotker was awarded Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year by James Halliday. “Over time, Paul has put his thumbprint on our wines and they’re kicking goals,” Martin says.

Halliday famously named Langhorne Creek the, “Most underrated region in Australia”. The Halliday Wine Companion 2018 edition rated a number of Bleasdale wines 95 or above, and Bleasdale has retained its Halliday red five-star status for the fifth year in a row.

“Bleasdale has more than 165 years of history behind it,” Paul said after winning the coveted award. “In another 165 years, I don’t want people to talk about the wines that Hotker made; I want them to recognise these wines are good because they are made from superb quality grapes from Langhorne Creek and the Adelaide Hills that were treated with care and respect.”

Whether it’s a $12 or $70 wine, a Sparkling Shiraz, a single-vineyard Malbec or the Frank Potts Cabernet blend, Bleasdale wines convey a story in the glass that substantiates its history, diversity and, increasingly, its pedigree.

The cellar door is open seven days a week and is an impressive place in which to try them. Visitors can walk through parts of the winery to see old hand-hewn red gum vats and the famous 1892 3.5-tonne lever basket press.

To experience the best of the region, stay awhile and meet the locals. “There’s a level of humility in the people and families that live here,” Martin says. “They are true farming people and have a lovely approach to life – they don’t take themselves too seriously.” 


Gorilla grape bins & barrel racks help so many wineries around South Australia just like Bleasdale Winery. Contact us today and we can supply you with all your grape & wine storage needs.

Barossa Boy Wines – A South Australian Winery Success Story

Gorilla client Barossa Boy Wines have been...

Gorilla client Barossa Boy Wines have been perfecting their craft for six generations. Read their story as written by Katie Spain. The Producers Book honours giving so much towards the South Australian food & wine industry. Get your own copy from BudMedia.

Sixth generation Barossa winemaker Trent Burge comes from strong Barossa stock. His family’s long association with winemaking in the region can be traced back to 1855 when Trent’s great-great-great grandfather John Burge immigrated to South Australia and worked as a winemaker. Every generation since followed in his footsteps. 

Trents’ parents, Grant and Helen Burge, founded Grant Burge Wines in 1988 (now owned by Accolade Wines) and Trent engrossed himself in the industry from the ground up – just like his father and grandfather. He cut his teeth as a cellar hand and winemaker’s assistant, and worked vintage alongside the experienced team at Illaparra Winery.

Now, it’s time to fly solo. Trent launched his own wine label Barossa Boy after a particularly great vintage in 2016.

The name is apt. “I remember having a family meeting and my family was hassling me about what I was going to call it. I quite quickly said, ‘Something like Barossa Boy’. We all kind of stopped and thought, ‘Oh, actually, that sounds alright’.”

The brand is a showcase of his undying love for the Barossa. “It’s not just about me, it’s about introducing and bringing as many people to the Barossa as we can.”

He didn’t have an interest in showcasing wines from other regions.  “It’s very much about showcasing what the generations before us achieved.” His 2016 Little Tacker Grenache Shiraz Mataro and 2016 Double Trouble Shiraz Cabernet were made alongside winemakers at Illaparra Winery. “The GSM is very fruitful and fun and fresh,” he says. “Like every good little tacker, it has a dark side at the end with some nice tannins and structure to it.”

Wine critic James Halliday selected the 2016 Double Trouble Shiraz Cabernet for his 2018 Cellaring Selections mini-guide, gave it an impressive 94 points and awarded the brand an impressive four stars on its inaugural place in his James Halliday Wine Companion 2019.  His Lifeblood Shiraz and Young Wisdom Mataro have since been released and Trent expects an equally good response to these wines. 

“My philosophy is people sometimes overcomplicate the wine industry,” Trent says. “My generation goes out to dinner parties with friends and lots of people are worried that if they take the wine to the party, someone might know something about it and they get intimidated… so they choose beer before they choose wine because there’s less to talk about.”

He plans to produce whites that are a talking point. 

“We’re going to do a Riesling from the Eden Valley and then our bigger project over the next five years is to try to source some premium Chardonnay fruit, and have a really top, iconic Barossa Chardonnay that is really refined, buttery and lovely.”

Trent puts a focus on the story and romance rather than technicalities (though he’ll talk about structure, tannins and palate for ages if you indulge him). “If I can create a story and someone can talk to me about why it’s called that, it makes it more approachable. Then people can just go to their dinner party and tell that story.”

He says authenticity is key. “There are so many brands out there. With social media and the internet, you can very much get caught out if you’re not authentic. I really want to show people behind the scenes to make them feel that they’re part of the family.”

The eventual plan is to have a cellar door. “It might take a few years but we want to keep bringing wine lovers to the Barossa, having events and making experiences for them to enjoy along the way.”

In 2017, Trent and his wife Jessica welcomed their first child, the seventh generation in the Burge and Barossa Boy’s journey.

Getting yourself prepared for a thriving winery can come down to the way you prepare for harvest. Having grape bins lasting an operational lifetime can prepare you for years to come. Contact Gorilla & we can fit you out with grape & produce bins to suit your winery needs.

Honouring South Australian Winery Success With Balnaves Of Coonawarra

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Gorilla loves celebrating our clients & all they do for the South Australian wine industry & Katie Spain has done just that. The Balnaves of Coonawarra winery keep their family values alive throughout their work as displayed in The Producers Book. Read more about this small family winery by getting a copy of the book here from BudMedia.

Kirsty and Pete Balnaves have a lot to live up to. They grew up under the watchful and loving eyes of Annette and Doug Balnaves – two of Coonawarra’s hardworking residents.
“Mum had a saying: Do it once, do it well, do it with passion, do it with love, do it for family, do it now,” Kirsty says. “And she lived by that every day. Mum and Dad drove tractors, worked in cellar doors, planted vines and pruned vines. Both sat on tourism boards and numerous other boards, both regional and state, they were involved with the Coonawarra Vignerons and volunteered with many committees in the Penola and Coonawarra communities… they were, and are still, so committed to our region.”
The Balnaves family arrived in the Coonawarra district in 1855. Doug was a farmer and part-time shearer when Hungerford Hill Vineyards employed him in 1971. His job was to develop 100 hectares of vines on the Coonawarra property they’d purchased from the Balnaves family in 1970.
At the time he had no idea he’d eventually go on to run his own successful wine brand, though ‘successful’ is an understatement. As of 2019, Balnaves of Coonawarra has been named a James Halliday five-star winery an impressive 17 years in a row.
Fellow Coonawarra wine buff Bill Redman (aka ‘the Grand Old Man of Coonawarra’) helped Doug make his first wine in an old cement vat in 1974. Soon after, Doug planted the first of Balnaves’ vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz – still producing outstanding wines 43 years later) but has been happy to leave winemaking in the hands of qualified winemakers. In 1986, Doug resigned as manager of the Hungerford Hill Coonawarra vineyards to focus on his own vineyard.
Kirsty and Pete returned from Tasmania and New South Wales in the late eighties to join the family company. That year their wines were produced on a contract basis at a neighbouring winery. “Mum and Dad taught us how to work hard, be fair, have a go, and give back,” Kirsty says. “To their great credit, they let us be involved, have a crack, make mistakes and Pete and I both signed the guarantees with the bank to build a winery in 1995.” She grins. “It ensured that we got out of bed to work every morning, were very interested in how the business worked, and were very involved in all aspects of the business from an early age – we both wanted to keep a roof over our heads!”
Family is everything to the Balnaves. When Annette passed away in mid-2018, they were devastated. “To be honest, I think we are facing our biggest challenge with the recent loss of Mum,” Kirsty says. “She was one of the driving forces in our business, right from the start, and we will continue with her determination and commitment to our business every day.”
Staff members are regarded as family, too. “Our family values define our business culture, which is reflected in our brand and who we are. Above all, we are genuine and real and we’ve made all the mistakes in the book.”
Winemaker Pete Bissell joined the crew in 1995, has worked his magic on more than 20 vintages, and oversees the architectural, award-winning 1000-tonne winery.
A fine job he’s done of it, too. In 2018, The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was included in the revered Langton’s Classification with its third consecutive outstanding classification.
The team won’t rest on its laurels. They are committed to improving, “whether it be looking at new cabernet clones, how to improve our cellar door experience, technology in vineyards such as Greenseeker imaging, new packaging, continuous trials with our wines and vineyards, and working with a great bunch of people”.
The release of the William Wilson Shiraz Cabernet in 2018 celebrates the legacy of William Wilson, a Scottish immigrant who inspired John Riddoch to establish the Penola Fruit Colony in terra rossa soils, which went on to become the Coonawarra wine region. It was released 200 years after his birth and is a collaboration between his descendants – the Redman and Balnaves families.
It is a nod to the past, the present, and the future. “There is currently a buzz around the region. With vineyards being redeveloped, new clones and varieties, new opportunities, and new people moving into the district,” Pete Balnaves says. “This is a real commitment to the long-term future of Coonawarra.”

If you are like Balnaves of Coonawarra, a thriving winery in need of grape bins for harvest, and barrel racking systems for storing wine, you need to contact Gorilla. We have all the products to help you get through the year successfully.

Celebrating South Australian Winery Success With Angove Family Winemakers

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Gorilla Customer Angove Family Winemakers are a fifth-generation family business dedicated to crafting super-premium and single-vineyard McLaren Vale wines.
Gorilla is so proud to hear of all the success our customers have in the South Australian wine industry showcased in The Producers Book. Read more about Angove Family Winemakers as written by Katie Spain & published by BudMedia. Get your copy of The Producers Book here today.

When Victoria Angove watches her daughter play football at Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide foothills, it is a trip down memory lane. “That’s where it all started,” she says. “The business started as a hobby very much to support a medical practice. It really did build from there.”

Angove Family Winemakers was founded in 1886 when Dr William Thomas Angove emigrated from Cornwall, England, to Tea Tree Gully. Once settled, he established a medical practice and began making wine as a tonic for his patients.
He planted 10 acres of vines and produced dry table and fortified wine. A growing customer base turned the hobby into a business. “Every generation has really had a different influence on the evolution of the business,” Victoria says.

Thomas ‘Skipper’ Carlyon Angove (William’s son) took things to the next level when he produced a diverse range of wines for local and export markets (no mean feat during the two world wars). He also established a new winery in Renmark in 1910 – the first in the region. It was an exciting chapter, during which the family produced still and fortified wines and also established the St Agnes Distillery. When Thomas William Carlyon Angove completed a degree in oenology at Adelaide University’s Roseworthy Campus, he cemented the brand’s focus on quality winemaking. Over time he expanded the crushing and processing facilities, planted the Nanya Vineyard (the largest single vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere at the time), and was responsible for significant industry innovations. His efforts earned him an Order of Australia in 1994.

During his tenure, the winery was thrown a curve ball. “In the late seventies, our premium vineyard holdings in Tea Tree Gully were compulsorily acquired by the Dunstan government and turned into housing,” Victoria says. “It was pretty tough for our business, though I don’t remember much because I was only five.” She does, however, recall sitting on the crushers with her brother and joint managing director Richard, now an established winemaker in his own right. “We were country kids, so we spent a lot of time outside and we were, to some extent, allowed to explore the winery a lot on weekends. It was a very carefree childhood and there was never any pressure or overt expectation that we would have to go into the family business at all. Mum and Dad were very keen for us to follow what we loved. Education was really important to both of them, as was work ethic – something I’m so deeply grateful for.”

John Carlyon Angove, the fourth generation of the family, took over from his father in 1982 and has dramatically evolved the business, with a focus on organic viticulture and winemaking and premium and single-vineyard wine from McLaren Vale. The family is Australia’s largest organic grape grower and winemaker, with all family owned vineyards (approximately 500 hectares) farmed using organic principals and either in conversion or certified organic.

In 2008, the family purchased a unique and historic vineyard in McLaren Vale and renamed it the Warboys Vineyard. It, too, is farmed using organic and biodynamic practices. In 2011, their spectacular cellar door and function facility opened in the heart of McLaren Vale and is very much the jewel in the crown.

Now, Victoria, Richard and their sister Sophie lead one of the most significant family-owned and operated wine businesses in Australia. It has five generations of winemakers and more than 130 years of history behind it. The future is bright. “We are very lucky to have an incredible team that we work with across the entire company. There is a strong family ethos that Dad has passed down to us – there is no doubt that we continue today because of the sheer hard work of many before us and currently working with us. Richard and I are very grateful for everyone’s input – and also that Dad still is generous with sharing his wisdom and experience, but not being too heavy handed with it,” Victoria says. “The Australian wine industry is a sensational industry to be in, we make an extraordinary array of truly delicious wines. I think my grandfather would be fairly excited by where we’re at now. He struggled to deliver praise but in his later years would give a throwaway line from his hospital bed that made you know that he was proud of Dad and proud of us as new custodians.”

If you, like Angove Family Winemakers, need your wine barrels stacked safely or need to pick your grapes with ease during harvest with a food grade grape bin, then contact Gorilla & we can supply all your wine barrel storage needs.

Safe Stacking Of Wine Barrels

Wooden barrels have been used in the storage of...

Wooden barrels have been used in the storage of many products for centuries now. Wine stored in barrels is still a very popular practice but storing wine in barrels can be a challenging task. Topping up barrels and sulphur adjustments demand that you have easy access to your wine barrels. But this can potentially take up a lot of storage space.

If you have a storage space with a high ceiling, it only makes sense that you should try and stack as many wine barrels on top of each other as possible as this will save you precious floor space. But what methods are safe and manageable? Let’s take a look.

Stacking Options

From our many years of working in the wine barrel storage industry, we have seen many methods of staking wine barrels to save space. Some of the more common methods are:

  • Pyramid Stacking. While the method of pyramid stacking wine barrels on top of each other may look pretty, it can be quite impractical. The use of this method should be only considered in small private cellars & not for industrial or commercial operations. The access to the barrels is very limited and the potential for causing an injury when accessing the barrels is high. Also managing the weight of the barrels on the top level is an issue so that the lower level barrels are not damaged.
  • Wine Barrel Racks. When stacking large amounts of wine barrels, a racking structure is recommended, but some are definitely safer than others. Wooden racks can contribute to wine barrels moulding & are not as sturdy as a hot-dip galvanised steel rack.

The Need For Wine Barrel Racks

Quality wine barrels racks are necessary for safe and effective storage and have become one of the most popular methods for storing wine barrels. They prevent wine barrels from toppling over and allow you to save on storage space, which could, in turn, bring you more revenue as you can store more product safely.

Gorilla Products manufacture and sell premium wine barrel racks in Australia. Our wine barrel racks allow you to safely stack Wine or Spirit Barrels up to eight rows high. This really maximises your storage space! The wine barrel racks can easily be moved due to the forklift entry points on both sides of the racking system, so you have easy access to your barrels and can load and unload with ease. Our Barrel King and Barrel Master also offer a unique rotation function that allows you to rotate your wine barrels without removing them from the rack.

Interested in any of our wine barrel racks or other wine storage solutions? Get in touch with the team at Gorilla Products Australia today!

What Is The Best Type Of Bin For Harvesting Grapes?

The process that transforms the grapes from the...

The process that transforms the grapes from the vines and into the wine that hits your table is a pretty fascinating one with many specialised nuances along the way. One of these is the picking bin that is used to store the freshly picked fruit. As you’ll learn shortly, there is more to it than just picking up any old crate and tossing the grapes in it.

Grape Harvesting

Depending on the grape, the region, and the purpose of the grapes that are being harvested, the exact step-by-step picking process will only be known by the winemakers and viticulturalists. Technique and technology both have hands in this ever evolving process. However, something that won’t change is how the grapes are lugged around and stored before the next step in the grape’s journey.

Whether it’s by hand or machine, picking grapes is something that can be simplified to plucking the fruit from the vine and storing it in a grape bin.

The Best Grape Bins

For a grape bin to be of any use throughout vintage, it needs to be tough, portable and spacious. The ideal bin will be manufactured to last with materials that will remain corrosion-free, hygienic, and protected from the harsh Australian elements.

  • The ideal size of the bin should be around 2.85 cubic metres to make sure that there is more than enough room to store the harvest at any one time.
  • When it comes to the material aspect of the bin, one of the most important aspects has to be that the bin meets Australia’s strict food storage standards and is made from a food-grade material such as Polyethylene.
  • Polyethylene also works effectively to ensure that the bin is not damaged by the sun’s UV rays and other elements
  • Additionally, for structural integrity, the bins should have sturdy steel frames so that the liner can withstand rough treatment while protecting its contents. Hot dip galvanised steel can ensure the longevity of the bin for an operational lifetime.
  • Bonus features to look out for would be bins that are available in multiple colours for identification purposes, with room for company logos etc.

These are just some of the basics that the ultimate bin should feature.

If you’re in the market for the best type of grape harvesting bins around, check out Gorilla Products Australia and their collection of agricultural storage and harvest equipment. Contact us today.

We are excited to be exhibiting at WINETECH 2019.

Gorilla Agri Products provides the Australian...

Gorilla Agri Products provides the Australian wine industry with barrel storage and vintage solutions. With our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, we are constantly thriving to improve our design and make the life of wine makers a little bit easier each day. We take the worry away from the wine makers by providing them the best solutions for barrels storage and vintage. Together with Spanlift we also take care of your barrel room requirements as well.

WINETECH is a trade exhibition that provides wine industry professionals with the opportunity to network face-to-face, and keep abreast of the latest products and services available for the production of wine.


The Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) is the Australian grape and wine sector’s premier technical conference for winemakers, grape growers and other wine industry professionals. An exciting program will be presented by esteemed local and international speakers who will cover all aspects of grape and wine production from the vineyard to the consumer.

More than forty workshops are planned to include something for everyone. Topics will focus on key areas in the grape and wine value chain and include vineyard and winery management, optimising wine flavor, winery engineering and packaging, innovative practices and market development. Over 200 technical posters will update you on all the latest industry trends.

Held only once every three years, WineTech trade exhibition returns to Adelaide in 2019. Running in partnership with the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) and Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc. (WISA), this is a must-attend event for anyone within the grape and wine community.

Monday, 22 July | 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday, 23 July | 10:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday, 24 July | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Archie Rose Distillery

Gorilla Products Australia is proud to have...
Gorilla Products Australia is proud to have supplied the Archie Rose Distillery with the racking system for their new distillery. The Archie Rose Distillery is the first distillery to start up in Sydney in over 160 years. They are young and passionate, and working hard to create traditional spirits in a new way. Based in Roseberry, Sydney, you can go and see how they make the spirits by hand, meet the distillers and enjoy a drink at the unique on premise bar.Find out more about this exciting distillery here – Products wishes Will Edwards and his team all the best for the future!Credit: All the images used on this website and in our brochures that feature the Archie Rose Distillery belong to the Archie Rose Distillery and are used with permission. 

3 days with a BIG Gorilla at WineTech 2015

The Gorilla Products Australia team had a...

The Gorilla Products Australia team had a fantastic 3 days at WineTech 2015 last week. We fielded many enquiries about our fantastic range of Big Tough Storage and Harvest Equipment. Held from Tuesday 14th through to Thursday 16th, WineTech 2015 was again a great success for the industry and our team look forward to exhibiting there again in 2017.

Completing the picture at our stand was our 3 metre tall Gorilla, who was the subject of many Selfie’s! 🙂

Visit our Gallery page for more pictures and videos of the day.