Adam Barton uses fruit from Atlas’s own vineyard, which runs along a stony ridge on the eastern slopes of the Clare Valley, and also sources small batches of premium fruit from distinguished sites in the Clare and Barossa valleys. This approach offers the winemaker flexibility and scope to produce a diverse range of world-class regional wines and to pursue his passion for high-quality individual vineyard wines.
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“Owner/winemaker Adam Barton had a wide-ranging apprenticeship before establishing Atlas Wines, working at Scarpantoni Estate in McLaren Vale, Rolf Binder Wines in the Barossa Valley, Wynns Coonawarra Estate and the iconic Bonny Doon Vineyard in California. Currently, he is winemaker at Reillys Wines in the Clare Valley, as well as making Atlas wines from 6ha of shiraz and 2ha of cabernet sauvignon grown on a stony ridge at the eastern end of the valley. He also buys Watervale riesling and shiraz and mataro from the Barossa Valley.”
- James Halliday
Dr. Peter Pratten, raised in NSW where his uncle was one of the founders of Rothbury Estate in the Hunter Valley, he settled in the SW of WA and continued his wine interest. He was an early member of the initial Margaret River Wine Association. Peter became recognized as an authority on and was an early developer of the cool climate wine regions in WA. From Peter’s knowledge of winemaking and viticulture learned over the ensuing 40 years, he has now started the Margaret River based wine ROUSTABOUT, with the accompanying slogan “Best from the Beginning”.