Bert (Bertold) Salomon is the eighth-generation owner of Salomon Undhof carrying on the trading of his father Fritz, who was the pioneer of Austrian dry white wine. This utterly charming man was the first to import Penfolds wines into Austria (1988) before becoming head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (1995-2002). These two strands led him to visit Australia frequently and to bring his family on holidays. This ultimately led to his decision to establish Salomon Estate, bridging the old and the new wine world.
Always one to make the right decisions at the right time, Bert is helped by iconic Australian winemaker Mike Farmilo, longtime friend and Penfolds chief red winemaker until 1997. Salomon Estate bottles elegant Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Atop the rolling hills of the Finniss River winegrowing area the grapes ripen in an idyllic microclimate. Salomon Estate wines mirror the unique qualities of this landscape: you can feel the midday sun in their fruits and the chilled air of the nearby Southern Ocean in their acids. These exceptional wines reflect the fruit of Australia with a European approach to winemaking.
“I was absolutely enthralled by these beautifully true and crafted wines, which I had never known about, let alone tasted. To me, they define style, purity, authenticity and pleasure in equal measure.” – John Stimpfig, Decanter Magazine