Riverland (quiet) achievers

Rob, Terry and Elise Byrne have had a long term understanding and sharp focus on sustainable wine growing, wine making and wine marketing principles. They started their Riverland based business in the 1960s. Being family owned, estate grown and sustainably made, the Byrnes have refocused their business to become truly grape to glass.


The route to market value chain is the core of their model which is export driven and service orientated. The family has around 400 hectares of vineyard and are still planting at Scotts Creek near Morgan and Glen Devlin north of Waikerie. Besides the vineyards the family enterprise has 870 hectares of environmental land in the Scotts Creek Wetland and heritage scrub.

Terry’s wife Elise has been widely acknowledged for her work in rejuvenating the wetlands and scrub. The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has recognised the work with a SAWIA Excellence for Water Management award. She has also won high praise as a United Nations Environmental Day Finalist and more recently won innovation and sustainability awards for the use of Eco-Trellis in the vineyards.

Winemaker Peter Gajewski (known in the trade as ‘Juicy’) dedicates his passion for wines that deliver the best expression of the vineyards and wines the customers help define. Juicy has a host of international wine show awards, including two double gold medals for wines coming from these Riverland vineyards.

With brands such as Byrne, Thomson Estate, Scotts Creek, Criminal Minds, Antiquarian, Alloy Double Pass and Pairings, CEO Danny McMahon says innovation, quality and partnerships are their keys to the future.

Read more about Byrne’s outstanding contribution to the wine industry in the current edition of the Wine Business Monthly Magazine. In it, editor, Anthony Madigan speaks with Master of Wine Phil Reedman and Marketing Manager Shirley Fraser De Zolt about the Byrne Vineyard achievements.

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