Totino Wines began in 1998 when Don Totino purchased 25 acres in the Adelaide hills. Over the past three decades, Totino has grown to include over 100 acres of land and 80 acres of vineyards and has succeeded in consistently producing a range of complex and elegant wines including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Totino Wines represent wines with a European flair. Italian born owner, Don Totino migrated to Australia in 1968, at the age of 18. His love of Italian culture and in particularly food and wine has plans in the near future to plant Italian variety’s into Australian soil. Mixing the two cultures to give the perfect product.
The vineyard is situated in Paracombe South Australia, Northwest of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the vineyard is situated at an altitude of 420 metres above sea level. The evenings are cool during the growing seasons, maintaining acid levels promoting crisp fresh white wines and further enhancing elegant tannins and slow ripening in our super premium red varietals. The Vines are canopy managed and all are bi-laterally trained. Vertical shoot positioning husbandry adopted. Any supplementary irrigation required is applied through the managed dams and streams onsite which is all the natural rain that has runoff during the winter months. We tend our vineyards by hand, which is the only way to ensure optimum quality in varied terrain. This approach to picking and pruning is evident in all Totino Wines.
The Climate at Totino Wines is well suited to both red and white varieties, the Vineyard is feed using Organic Manures and watered using the rainwater that the environment enriches the landscape with during winter, the gentle slopes provide a perfect habitat for ducks, kangaroos, koalas, turtles and other small marsupials.
It’s all part of a healthy bio diversity, nurturing healthy vines for healthy Wines.
The first variety of Sparkling Wine was created to celebrate the arrival of Don’s prized first Grand-daughter “Cartia”, followed the by “Alexia” another prized grand-daughter.
The 2018 Totino Estates Shiraz received runner up in the world Shiraz challenge by Wine state magazine.
Francesco Reverse Shiraz was created as the great potential of Shiraz was being recognised. The 2012 vintage was the first release followed by the 2014 which recently received a Top Gold and top 100 wine at the Sydney International Wine Show 2019. Francesco” was honourably named after his late father’s and also his son.
Totino wines was awarded Best Alternative Red Wine at the Regional wine show, Adelaide Hills Wine show 2010 for the 2009 Totino Sangiovese. The SSC, a blend of Sangiovese, Shiraz and Cabernet showcasing all the red varietals planted at his Vineyards, is beautifully balanced.
Totino Wines has a vast relationship with local charities and supports various youth and special needs programs including; Foundation 21;Dream Ride; Variety the children’s Charity; Festival theatre youth development program; Local bushfire fundraiser events.
Totino wines is exported to countries including China, Italy and Poland.