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June 03, 2023

On June 10th, wine lovers around the world will raise their glasses to celebrate International Durif Day, a day dedicated to honoring the rich history and bold flavors of this remarkable red varietal. As we approach this exciting occasion, we invite you to join us on a journey through time, delving into the captivating story behind Durif wine. From its origins as a grape bred for disease resistance to its rise to prominence in California and Australia, Durif has carved a path of distinction. Today, we invite you to uncover the fascinating tale of Durif and explore the unforgettable flavors that await you in every bottle.

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Back in the late-19th century, a grape botanist named François Durif sought to conquer the challenge of Downy Mildew in French vineyards. Through his experiments, he crossed the Peloursin and Syrah varieties, hoping to create a resistant grape. But destiny had other plans.

What emerged from François Durif's efforts was not just a resilient vine but a grape with small, intensely flavored berries that held the potential for something truly remarkable. This grape, later named Durif, found its way to the fertile lands of California thanks to the vision of horticulturist Charles McIver.

In California's embrace, Durif flourished, revealing its bold character, deep hues, and firm tannins. Pioneering winemakers recognized its potential and harnessed its power to create wines that captivated the senses. As the sun-soaked vineyards became its new home, Durif thrived, carving its place in the annals of wine history. 

Word of Durif's allure spread, and it soon caught the attention of Australian viticulturist François de Castella. In 1908, de Castella planted the first Durif vines in the picturesque Rutherglen region of Victoria, Australia. The sun-drenched vineyards and unique terroir became the perfect canvas for Durif to express its character, adding another chapter to its story.

Giant Durif vineyard

Atze's Giant Durif Vineyard (above) on the 300 million year old landscapes on Koonunga in the Barossa's North.

Today, Durif continues to enchant wine lovers around the world with its bold flavors and age-worthy qualities. From California to Rutherglen and beyond now to the Barossa, its velvety texture, dark fruit flavors, and hints of pepper leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to experience it.

To truly appreciate the captivating story of Durif, we invite you to embark on a culinary adventure. Pair this robust wine with grilled or roasted meats, savor the tangy flavors of barbecue, explore the depths of aged cheeses, or indulge in the richness of game birds. Let your taste buds dance in harmony with the intense character of Durif, and uncover the magic of these perfect pairings.

Atze's Giant is proud to present our 2020 Durif, a testament to the varietal's enduring allure. Crafted from our single vineyard in Barossa Valley's Koonunga sub region, our Durif showcases the full potential of this exceptional grape. With 20 months of aging in American oak, it is balanced and approachable, inviting you to savor its ripe tannins and enticing flavors.

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Come, be a part of Durif's remarkable tale and savor the fruits of its journey. Discover the captivating flavors and rich history that await you in every bottle. Cheers to the tremendous variety that is Durif!

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