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01/02/2019
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STORIES BEHIND THE BOTTLES - Episode 8 - Zonte's Footstep

STORIES BEHIND THE BOTTLES - Episode 8 - Zonte's Footstep

Rated five stars by James Halliday, Zonte’s Footstep is a proudly independent Australian wine producer established in 2003.

They always aim to bottle wines with personality and expression… that’s why they gave them names like "Chocolate Factory"!


History and origins of Zonte's Footstep:

On 15 August 2003, the winery vintaged its first wines and turned to the history of the vineyard to find their name. In 1893 a vineyard was planted with Zante currant to produce table grapes for the growing population of Adelaide. In the 1920s the vineyard was replanted with wine producing varieties of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which were eventually used to make their first wine.

As a tribute to the journey of the grapes in the vineyard (and because you aren't legally allowed to mention a grape variety unless it's contained in the wine) it was decided to change the “A” to an “O” – ZONTE’S – sufficiently similar. A group of know-it-all industry mates in 1999 gathered together and purchased the vineyard and undertook to plant Viognier, Sangiovese and other new and exciting grape varieties to experiment with. Whilst replanting the vineyard some large boulders with footprints were discovered from the largest known marsupial to have ever lived, the Diprotodon.

It was this unique fossilised FOOTSTEP that cemented their name and the journey that they started and continue on today. And so ZONTE’S FOOTSTEP was born and a new word was invented "Zonte"! Zonte/zhon-tee -tey, zon-/ noun A passionate person who mostly moves on instinct. Full of passion and intuition Zonte is a real electric current, needing to vibrate on a daily basis and avoid lukewarm. Voluntary, purposeful and effective they are always leading with a good sense of appropriateness and banter.


Discover their multi-awarded wines:

Our Selections


"CHOCOLATE FACTORY" - SHIRAZ - MCLAREN VALE (Best Seller!)

Black Forest cake in a bottle... be delighted by juicy Black Cherry and Mocha notes intertwined with signature silky smooth Milk Chocolate tannins.

“All you need is love; but a little bit of
chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” - Charles M Schultz, American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts



"EXCALIBUR" - SAUVIGNON BLANC - ADELAIDE HILLS

Excalibur will surely impress with its white Grapefruit Zest, Lemon Curd notes and delicate citrus blossom aromas, with Tart Gooseberry and mineral-like acidity, it is the perfect accomplice to such occasions. "… the wine of kings, the king of wines” - Guy de Maupassant


"LOVE SYMBOL" - GRENACHE - MCLAREN VALE

Discover latest arrival solo Grenache! A kaleidoscope of multi-dimensional fruit and earthy structure radiates from the glass. Exhuberant plum and red berry fruits align with enveloping, soft tannins, accented with the perfumed cedary notes derived from minimal oak, of which their Grenache has matured in. The result: A wine with structure, elegance and poise.


"BARON VON NEMESIS" - BAROSSA SHIRAZ, AUSTRALIA

Zonte’s Footstep represents generations of grape growers who have not made Shiraz from the Barossa. Well, Baron Von Nemesis, the time has come…. all the milk chocolate in the world just won’t do if you want something dark. Zonte's Footstep scoped the entire Barossa to find this tiny parcel of old vine Shiraz that fits perfectly with their philosophy of people, place and purpose.



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