Rojomoma is Sam Kurtz and Bernadette Kaeding (and young son Raj), a family run micro winery and the home of Red Art single vineyard wine. Sam, a sixth generation Barossan with a continual family history in grape growing and winemaking back to the 1840s, has been making wine a long time. 2016 saw his 30th vintage. Bernie has been in the Barossa since 1996 when she started working with wine. Our combined over 50 years of experience (!) is evident in the quality of our handmade wine.
Our 5ha vineyard in the Ebenezer sub-region is a fantastic site for red grape growing. The dry grown Grenache vines, planted in 1886, are specifically a testament to that. We make Grenache, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are hand pruned, shoot thinned and handpicked; treating each vine individually to get the best from it.
Owning the vineyard since 1996, we made the first Red Art wine in 2004. Handcrafting on site we use the best traditional methods such as open fermenters and basket pressing, and combine with modern artisan approaches including wild yeast, barrel ageing on yeast lees and whole bunch ferment. We create wine with restrained use of oak that is true to its single vineyard origins.
We are proud to have won many awards, including; ‘The Red Wine of Provenance Trophy‘ at the Australian National Wine Show 2017 for Red Art Shiraz vintages 2016, 2010 & 2006; ‘The Most Successful Exhibitor Small Producer’ at the Barossa Wine Show 2017; ‘The Most Outstanding Single Vineyard Wine Trophy‘ for the Red Art Shiraz 2010 at the Barossa Wine Show 2012; ‘The Most Outstanding Wine Small Producer Trophy‘ for the Red Art Shiraz 2010 at the Barossa Wine Show 2012; Top 10 Best New Wineries James Halliday Wine Companion 2014.
With over 30 vintages of winemaking, including previous positions as Chief Winemaker St Hugo and Group Red Winemaker Orlando Wines, Sam has been responsible for making some of Australia’s greatest wines. However, making the wines for our own little winery has been the most satisfying. Owning your own winery gives you the absolute freedom to make wine of the highest standard possible, while allowing the wine to express the personality of the vineyard without compromise. You can taste the love and passion, and feel the hands-on effort that goes into a wine from a small winery.
We are both creative people, and Bernie is also a photographer and author. You can see her art displayed around the winery. We conduct our wine tastings in the winery by appointment.
Cheers, Bernie & Sam