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About Dandelion Vineyards

As a young girl in Bulgaria, winemaker Elena Brooks’ mother worked in a winery. The demise of the Soviet Republic opened the door to an influx of westerners interested in the age-old history of wine making in these former states. Many Australians visited and stayed at the winery and as the only one able to speak English, Elena started helping translate after school. By the age of 12, she was interpreting barrel tastings with the winemakers. By the age of 15, she had the wine knowledge and vocabulary of a veteran, and by 16 she was making her first batches of Chardonnay. After study she ventured and worked in many amazing wine regions of the world, and has now settled with husband and two children in McLaren Vale.

Elena and Zar both grow their own grapes and source fabulous old vine fruit from some of the finest, old-vine family vineyards in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Eden Valley and vinify with a Goldilocks amount of handling. The wines reflect the classic styles from their respective regions, i.e. high acid Riesling from Eden Valley, plush Shiraz from the Barossa, etc. As for the Dandelion logo, Elena chose this pesky little weed because it’s the heart and soul of the vineyard. It sprouts with the first site of life in the soil and air, and it eventually refolds back into the earth to become food for the vines. Today, Dandelion Vineyards is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and is currently working towards certification.

Website Dandelion Vineyards Brand Overview
  • Owner Zar & Elena Brooks
  • Wine Maker Elena Brooks
  • Cases / Year 30,000 cases
  • Farming Practices Sustainable - Many sites organic

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