Tagai has exciting times ahead with the establishment of a new vineyard and home on 41 acres in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills.
Viv Knight has finally decided to put down roots in one of Australia’s best cool climate grape growing regions, Lenswood. Lenswood lies 27 km east of Adelaide in the Hills and at an elevation of 465m above sea level.
The red wines come from Langhorne Creek, south east of Adelaide by 70km with the white wines as the vines mature all eventually coming from Lenswood.
Viv has over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry, a Roseworthy Agricultural College Graduate, Viv has always followed his passion for wine. His career started in the early 90’s in fine wine retail with Oddbins in London and The Grape in Brisbane.
A natural career progression pushed Viv to move into wine wholesale as Evans & Tate Brand Manager. Seven years later he saw an opportunity and started his own company Knight Fine Wines, as a restaurant focused wine distribution business which he built up to carry over 20 top wineries. He successfully operated this for over 12 years. Needing a change, Viv and family moved to Sydney where he was Craggy Range NSW State Manager.
With constant harassment from the extended family who missed their well-priced wine, Viv decided to make 40 dozen of 2012 Tagai Shiraz from a Uni friend who owned a vineyard in Langhorne Creek, SA.
For a little fun the wine was entered into the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards and miraculously it won!! Best Shiraz of the Show!
The 2014 Tagai Shiraz also won Champion Wine and Best Shiraz in Langhorne Creek which pushed Viv into following his dreams of having his own commercial wine brand.
The Lenswood property has now completed the dream as a home for the brand. The property after being an old apple orchard for over 100 years was in desperate need of some love. The change in use from Horticulture to Viticulture has brought exciting new beginnings.
Viv has a passion for quality Chardonnay and with the right clonal selection and the different vineyard aspects of this special property – some very exciting wines will be seen in the future. Watch this space!