Giaconda vineyard was established by Rick Kinzbrunner, a mechanical engineer who became interested in wine in the early 1970's. After a brief stint in New Zealand, he studied at Davis University in California and worked at some of the most respected wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys (namely Stag's Leap, Simi and Matanzas Creek). In Europe he worked for the Moueix group in Bordeaux, co-owner of the fabled Chateau Petrus.
After returning to Australia in the 1980's, Rick purchased land in the nearby Beechworth wine region. Planting commenced in 1982 and the property is now devoted solely to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Total area under vines at the Giaconda Vineyard is now 4 hectares. Since 2018 the estate is fully certified Biodynamic.
Nantua Les Deux Shiraz
Made from a combination of whole bunch and de-stemmed crushed fruit is transferred to large concrete tanks for fermentation. These wines remain on skins for an extended period to develop softer, finer tannins and more complexity. The wines after pressing are aged in up to 40% new French oak barrels.