Saxon Estate Winery Sign

ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST wine regions, the Barossa Valley in South Australia is home to many of the largest and most notable wineries in the country. The wine industry in this region, unlike most other grape growing areas in Australia which were heavily influenced by the British, was shaped by German settlers fleeing from the Prussian province of Silesia (in what is now Poland.) In fact, three ships were chartered by the South Australian Company in 1841 to Silesia to offer sanctuary and land in the Barossa Valley to anyone who was willing to resettle and help in establishing a colony here. Nearly 500 families took up the offer and immigrated.

The settlers tried out various crops, but finally found the warm fertile valley to be ideal for grape growing. One of the popular wine grapes from this era was Riesling, a German wine grape from the Rhineland. Since conditions in the valley were hot, the product was a very ripe, alcoholic wine – some of which was distilled in brandy. Fortified port style wines became the focus of the Barossa wine industry for many years to come, until the mid twentieth century when Shiraz was considered a more ‘common’ variety that was not as fashionable as Cabernet which had come into demand on the world market. But this began to change by the late twentieth century, when small boutique varieties began to win acclaim for their Barossa Valley wines – in particular, Barossa Shiraz.

Saxon Estates Winery, in Williamstown, is right on the fringe of the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills on the site of the original historic settlement of Victoria Creek. In keeping with this historic feel, they came to Danthonia for a classic hand crafted sign. The relief sculpted grapes, leaves, and edging are all hand carved with gouges and chisels, as is the crest and text, which is gilded with 23kt gold leaf.

Carved & Gilded
Chip Carved Add on
Sign Size
44 " x 64 "