About
Cimicky Wines

About

Cimicky Wines, situated in the heart of Barossa Valley, South Australia, is a beacon of the region’s rich wine heritage. We have a longstanding history steeped in the pursuit of excellence. Our founders’ passion for quality has produced wines that have graced the tables of the British royal family, a testament to our unwavering commitment to the craft of winemaking​.

Our journey has been defined by visionary leaders. Karl Cimicky expanded our vineyards in the 1970s and Charles Cimicky, his son, steered the winery to international acclaim in the ’80s. The historic milestone of our wines being served at Buckingham Palace in 1995 highlights our global recognition and commitment to excellence​.

Our wines have been honored with a five-star rating and two “Best of the Best” awards from the renowned James Halliday Wine Companion Australia 2021. We continue to innovate, balancing our rich history with a forward-thinking approach, committed to delivering outstanding wines that embody the unique character of our estate​.

A New era for Cimicky Wines

Experience the exciting new chapter of Cimicky Wines, led by the esteemed Master of Wine Nigel Sneyd.

With his deep understanding of the wine industry and impressive background, Nigel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company. As one of the world’s 420 Masters of Wine, his exceptional skills in wine tasting, evaluation, and winemaking techniques are unparalleled.

Nigel’s appointment to the Board of the Australian Wine Research Institute further highlights his commitment to advancing the industry through research and innovation. With over 40 years of international experience in renowned wine regions across the globe, Nigel’s global perspective enriches Cimicky Wines and their commitment to excellence. Collaborations with acclaimed companies like E&J Gallo and Accolade Wines have further honed Nigel’s strategic acumen and understanding of consumer preferences.

Under Nigel Sneyd’s leadership, Cimicky Wines is ready to embark on a new era of growth, innovation, and exceptional wine experiences.

History

1842
The Beginning

The Beginning – Cimicky Winery is located in Lyndoch, Barossa Valley, South Australia. It is believed that the Cimicky Estate land was first established by early German settlers in 1842.

1877
Vineyards Cultivated

In the next 80 years, the land, under the 2 titles of ‘Lyndoch Farmer’ and ‘Hundred of Barossa’ was diligently farmed as a fruit growing and dairy farm. With esteemed owners of the land such as Percival Norman Burge and Leslie Norman Ward. The advancement of the vineyards by the Cimicky Family in the early 1970’s earned international recognition.

1931
Blackmoor's Surprise Win

In 1931, Blackmoor made a surprise win at the Grand National at Victoria Park, South Australia. The horse was stabled at the Estate. This is where the name of the Blackmoor Range originated.

1972
Birth of Cimicky Estate

Karl Cimicky developed an attachment to the Estate and in the early 1970’s purchased the land with the view to develop the Estate into a Vineyard and Winery. Building the beautiful Tuscan style cellar door that is now the Barossa’s Hidden Gem. In 1972 Karl Cimicky opened the doors to Karlsberg Wines for the first time.

1980
A New Chapter

After studying Oenology Charles returned from his travels overseas and took over running the family winery. Alongside his Father the name was changed to K. Cimicky and Son. This change was short lived as Charles and his wife Jennie moved onto the estate in their newly built Estate House. The name was finally changed to Cimicky wines. Today we follow in Charles footsteps and ideology as we carry on with the commitment of quality from vineyard to glass.

1982
International Recognition
In 1982, at the age of 26, Charles Cimicky was an emerging star in the wine industry. He won numerous international gold medals with his range of wines. A particular highlight was the “Old Fireside” Port vintages of 1978 and 1979, which were particularly outstanding and won gold medals in fortified wine competitions worldwide. This Port is still a popular rated product in Langton’s Port section.
1995
Chosen by Elizabeth II

In 1995, Cimicky Wines Sauvignon Blanc was chosen by Elizabeth II, The Queen of England, to be served at The Royal Banquet at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th World War II anniversary of the Allied Victory. This event had the largest number of guests since the Queen’s coronation in 1953. The wine was paired with Clarisse De Ouffs Princess, A quail egg salad.

2008
French-style wine barrel cellar created
2008, Charles and Jennie decided to excavate a huge underground cellar to better store their wine barrels after suffering several increasingly hot summers. This beautiful French-style wine barrel cellar is sited on the east side of the castle.
2021
Cimicky Wines our 2021 5-star review

When awarding Cimicky Wines our 2021 5-star review, James Halliday AM, an Australian wine writer and critic, is quoted as describing Cimicky Winery as “An outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality.”

2023
Nigel Sneyd Master Winemaker

Nigel Sneyd has taken over as the master wine maker for Cimicky Wines.  A renowned Master of Wine with over 40 years of experience in the global wine industry. 

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