From its inception in 1955, Veritas Winery produced mostly fortified wines as well as the famous 'Bull’s Blood', a blend of Shiraz and century-old Mataro.
Rolf Heinrich Binder and his wife, Franziska, arrived in Australia (from Austria and Hungary respectively) in 1950 as part of the large influx of post war immigration to Australia. As payment for the government assistance, they worked with the South Australian railways for three years. During that time they met Elmore Schulz, a train driver and grape grower in the Barossa Valley, and namesake to neighbouring Barossa Valley Estate's E&E Shiraz. While picking grapes in the Barossa in 1953, the couple met Langmeil Road winemakers, Chris Vohrer and Wilhelm Abel. This meeting proved to set their future. In 1954 they worked a vintage in this winery and subsequently purchased the business in 1955, renaming it 'Veritas', taken from the Latin quote "In Vino Veritas" - in wine there is truth. The business name was changed from Veritas to Rolf Binder Wines in 2005 to honour the late Rolf Heinrich Binder. Development of the Modern Wine Styles and Awards In the 1960s and 70s came the realization of the great riches of the Barossa Valley in old vine Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. Experiments at Veritas and a number of other, mostly small Barossa wineries followed throughout the 1980s and this led to the release of many exciting old vine varietal blends. Semillon is considered the premium white variety of the Barossa, and Rolf's daughter, Christa Deans, holds an esteemed position as the producer of benchmark Barossa Semillons. Riesling is also considered superior in the Australian wine industry and the style from the neighbouring Eden Valley is softer and more floral than the seriously steely Rieslings from Europe. Veritas wines quickly gained recognition with some noteworthy awards including: 1996 - 'Best Small Producer' and 'Best Barossa Shiraz at the Barossa Wine Show 1997 - 'Best Small Producer' at the Barossa Wine Show and 'Best Barossa Shiraz at the Barossa Wine Show 2002 - 'Best Small Producer' at the Barossa Wine Show 2002 - 'Best Semillon' at the Barossa Wine Show. Exhibited the top three pointed semillons at this Show, including the gold medal and trophy winning wine. 2003 - 'Best Semillon' at the Barossa Wine Show 2005 - 'Winemakers of the Year' awarded to Rolf Binder and Christa Deans by the Barons of the Barossa. 2006 - 'Winemaker of the Year' finalist awarded to Rolf Binder by Gourmet Traveller - Kemenys Wine Styles White Wines Rolf Binder Wines makes white wines from fruit sourced from the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. The varieties used are Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Gewurtztraminer, Frontignac and Viognier. Red Wines Red wines are made from varieties grown in the Barossa region, encompassing the Barossa and Eden Valleys and small outlying areas. Varieties include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Malbec, Petit Syrah, Merlot and Grenache. Fortified Wines Varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Muscadelle and Black Muscat are used to produce rich and refined fortified wines of Tawny, Tokay and Muscat. http://www.rolfbinder.com