One of McLaren Valeâ€™s oldest and distinguished wineries was the setting for a chance meeting between a young French winemaker and newly graduated Australian viticulturist. Emmanuelle and Toby Bekkers have lived, worked and raised a family amongst the vineyards of McLaren Vale. For over 25 years, Emmanuelle and Toby have travelled regularly to Europe to visit an extensive network of esteemed wine makers and industry friends. After each trip they return with new inspirations and an appreciation of the traditional, timeless methods. This serves to enhance a rare and special commitment to producing McLaren Vale wines of the highest quality.
Emmanuelle and Toby Bekkers have been fortunate to encounter some of the best wines in the world but nothing has diminished their conviction that McLaren Vale delivers the world's finest wines. The Bekkers aim to be a benchmark of the finest McLaren Vale has to offer. Bekkers wines are gently crafted in tiny quantities, with an accent on finesse and fine texture. They strive to inspire confidence and push the limits of whatâ€™s possible for McLaren Vale and for all Australian wine. McLaren Vale dominates the artwork on the label, in deference of great wines from an exceptional provenance.
Topping the list of an elite handful of Australiaâ€™s premier restaurants and fine wine merchants, the majority of their production is reserved for an exclusive allocation list. Bekkers wines are loved by devotees world wide, many of whom have become lifelong friends.
Toby and Emmanuelle Bekkers share an appreciation for craftsmanship infused with the efforts and soul of the maker. As a small family winery, they aspire to stand proud amid the worldâ€™s most coveted estates. This is a story of special wine, from the sacred soil to the very soul.
The winemaking begins with an exceptional attention to detail in the vineyard. It is a showcase for Tobyâ€™s viticultural abilities and a philosophy of farming which views the vineyard through a prism of ecology, not chemistry. This philosophy extends equally to the cellar where Emmanuelleâ€™s precision is the perfect foil to Tobyâ€™s creative, open minded approach to winemaking. Patience and gentle winemaking practices bring to life wines that possess the generosity for which McLaren Vale is renowned, the refined textures, opulent palates and mesmerising bouquets. The Bekkers intend their wines to partner alongside good food and to be shared with fine company. Most importantly, to be a part of the most wonderful times in our lives.