It started from an eavesdropped conversation in a Barossa pub in 2001. A couple of grape growers, the Riebke brothers, were discussing the potential ‘grubbing out’ of their 85-year-old Grenache vines. Kym’s ears pricked up and together with his then brother-in-law, Mick Page, they struck a deal with the Riebke’s and saved the vines.

Kym’s winemaking vision had found its direction and expression.

“To make wines I’d like to drink and which reflect the heritage of the Barossa.


The ancient vines which ignited Kym’s passion are not simply old in Barossa terms, these are some of the oldest vines in the world. They are a living history.

Established on their own rootsocks, mostly dry grown, these old vines combined with Kym’s contemporary and gentle approach in the winery is at the core of the winemaking philosophy at Teusner.

The first wine that Kym and Michael made was Joshua, an unoaked Grenache-based wine and contrasted the style of the current wine trends in 2002. Against the odds, it was a resounding success.


From the outset, a deep, mutually respectful working relationship with Barossa’s grape growing families has been a priority to Kym. Many of these families have lived in the Barossa since the early days of settlement and possess in-depth, multi-generational knowledge about growing conditions, unique terroir variations and the distinct intricacies of local sites.

The Teusner growers take great pride in their work, tending to their vines with meticulous care and grow outstanding fruit. Working together harmoniously is fundamental to Kym. A sentiment well reflected in the balance and finesse of his wines.


The Barossa Valley is a unique place. The early German settlers recognised that the diverse soils, climate and topography were ideal for growing grapes. The true legacy of their vision lies in the varieties they elected to grow, namely Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. The Barossa is most famous for its old vine Shiraz but Kym is equally passionate for Grenache & Mataro and the way they complement Shiraz.

“We love the Barossa, and why it can claim to be ‘sacred ground,’ is the diversity of the vineyard landscape which allows us to produce so many different expressions of wine from the one region. There’s the deep sandy soils of Ebenezer, the dry, lean and cooler conditions of the Eden Valley and the low yielding, rocky brown soils of Stonewell to the east of Tanunda.”

Teusner Wines offer a broad range of wines and varieties. Sourced from all reaches of the 'Valley’, each wine displays provenance and individuality.