Our name derives from the Prussian settlers of Bethany and Langmeil in the early 1840s. They noticed that a large native bird frequented the rich flats located here towards the lower end of the Tanunda Creek. They called the site ‘Turkey Flat’ as a result. The bird was no turkey: it was Ardeotis australis, or the Plains Bustard, which is sadly rarely seen now. We recognise the significance of the bird and the original landscape it came here for through the artwork on our label. The same landscape supports our vines and gives us the means to make unique, character-filled fine wine.
Shiraz was first planted at Turkey Flat in 1847 by Johann Fiedler. Fiedler was one of the first Prussian Lutherans to make wine in the Barossa. He was noted for his early efforts to experiment with grape varietals to test the viticultural viability of the new settlement. A journalist visiting Turkey Flat in 1851 notes that an experimental vineyard of 72 varieties had been planted to identify what was suited to the environment.
The Schulz family have been custodians of Turkey Flat since the 1860s. They have continued with the legacy laid down by Fiedler to grow vines and make wines that suit the landscape conditions.
Today Christie Schulz is the fourth generation of the Schulz family to become caretaker of this remarkable estate. Extensive viticultural research has been undertaken in the vineyards, allowing Christie and her team to sensitively blend traditional Rhône varietals which speak confidently of their origin, with the 1847 Shiraz vines some of the oldest in Australia the centre piece of our family-owned estate, playing a vital role on the Barossa Valley’s rich cultural heritage.