About Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard


In 1839 William and Elizabeth Oliver travelled to South Australia from Berwick in Roxburghshire, Scotland aboard the 360 ton sailing ship ‘Delhi’ and eventually settled in 1841 on land at McLaren Vale. Whitehill and Taranga farms, the names given to the northern and southern sections of this land, are located 2 km north of McLaren Vale overlooking the township. Taranga is a corruption of the aboriginal word Tarangk, meaning ‘the middle’ which was used by the Kaurna, a local aboriginal tribe. Sheep and cattle were raised and orchards and vineyards were planted immediately upon arrival and the family prospered. William and Elizabeth are buried in a marble crypt, with three of their ten children beside them, in the family cemetery on the northern edge of the Taranga property.

Along with good old ‘gut feeling’, which comes from years of knowing the vines and terroir upon which they are grown, radio controlled and computerized soil moisture monitoring systems are used in conjunction with information gathered from our own weather station to administer the appropriate amount of water from each of the four different water sources available to us. State of the art computer controlled irrigation technology is used to administer the optimum stress levels to the vine to produce premium quality fruit. Each block is individually nurtured depending on variety, vine age, soil, location, winery requirements and the targeted bottle range. Grapes grown on the property are primarily supplied to a number of different wineries, with many varieties making top wines under their labels.

Both properties are still run by fifth generation descendants of William and Elizabeth, with the Whitehill property utilized for cropping and grazing sheep and cattle and boasting a rejuvenated stone ‘Chaff Shed’ which is used as a function centre and Taranga, which consists of 100 hectares of land, being planted to many different varieties of red and white wine grapes.

The McLaren Vale wine region is fortunate in that it is bounded by the Sellicks Hill Range and the waters of Gulf St. Vincent, generating temperate growing conditions required to produce top quality fruit more consistently than other regions. McLaren Vale is also located a conveniently short hop from Adelaide beside the beautiful beaches of the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent and en route to the fabulous Fleurieu Peninsula tourist attractions. The region is relatively small with a wide variety of soils. On the Taranga property the soils are sandy loam over clay and limestone with evidence of ironstone throughout.

From 1994, some of these low yielding, high quality, old vine grapes have been processed with some outstanding results, setting the scene for Oliver’s winemaking ventures. The wine being made at Yangarra by Corrina Wright – nee Rayment (the Oliver family’s first winemaker and sixth generation family member). The range of wines consists of Shiraz being made under the ‘Taranga’ label, an ultra premium shiraz called the ‘HJ Reserve’ being added from the 2000 vintage, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz made under the name of ‘Corrinas’, a small batch range of wines including  Vermentino, Fiano, Mencia, Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet, Sagrantino and two white wines from new to Australia Italian varietals – a Vermentino and Fiano. We also have a fortified Grenache called ‘The Banished’, and Liqueur Muscat called ‘Ruthless Ruth’.

If wine is not your thing or you are looking for an accompaniment we have our ‘1841’ Extra Virgin Olive oil and our ‘Ambush Hill’ Red wine vinegar.

Mission Statement : To produce ultra-premium age worthy wines that reflect the unique character of the Taranga Vineyard.

Our family and business values:
Quality focus in everything we do- Respect for family, history and tradition – Continuous improvement – Business integrity – Regional focus – Excellence in customer service – Authenticity – Involvement in our history – Passion about everything we do.

The Vineyard Team

Dan, Don, Patrick, Dominic, Jim, Graham & Aaron


The team consists of Aaron Gowling who joined us after working as a local diesel mechanic for 9 years and is in charge of workshop maintenance and operations. After 20 years as the local McLaren Vale Butcher, Jim Ellis has had a career change to the vineyard. He is a jack of all trades and supplies the vineyard entertainment! Dan is the newest member of our team and is busily learning the ropes of the Taranga vineyard.

Wine Making Process

Our Winemakers




Corrina Wright (nee Rayment)

Winemaker & Director


Corrina, with cousin Brioni Oliver, is the leading voice of the Oliver family’s sixth generation and the impetus behind their own wine label – Oliver’s Taranga.

After growing up among the family vineyards and enrolling in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) in 1994 it was only fitting that she convince her Grandfather and Uncles to let her have some fruit from the vineyard. Working alongside legendary local Chapel Hill winemaker, Pam Dunsford – she created a small scale Shiraz. The Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards label was born.

In 1997, Corrina was granted a Scholarship from Southcorp Wines and Adelaide University to study at the University of California, Davis, a university world renowned for its Viticulture and Oenology program. After a year completing her Oenology studies at Davis, Corrina worked for six months at Gallo Sonoma in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, California. She then returned to Australia to work for Southcorp Wines on their Winemaking Graduate Program. Corrina spent vintage 2000 working at Penfolds Nuriootpa site, moving to Lindeman’s Karadoc in July 2000.
While working at Southcorp, Corrina continued
to make Oliver’s Taranga wines at local wineries. In 2004 she returned home to roost full time, allowing Oliver’s Taranga to take the next step and open a cellar door in one of the original buildings at 246 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale.

Brioni Oliver

Cellar Manager

Brioni has grown up on the Taranga property and is also a sixth generation Oliver family member. She has worked in the Taranga Vineyard throughout her school holidays.
Brioni graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Wine Marketing in 2005.
Since then she has spent some time backpacking around Europe. Brioni role as Cellar Manager entails stock control, despatch, event and cellar door management.  Brioni has recently built a house on the property with her partner Chris and their first of the seventh generation has jut been welcomed.

Don Oliver

Viticulturist & Director

Don, a fifth generation Oliver, was born in McLaren Vale and has worked in the wine industry for most of his life developing the Taranga vineyard into what it is today.

A large part of Don’s life revolves around the Oliver family properties, ‘Taranga’ vineyard in McLaren Vale and ‘Shannon’ and ‘Avendale’ in the South East of South Australia, which are predominately used for cropping, sheep and cattle grazing but are managed by brother, Morris.
Don, an avid supporter of the region, is one of McLaren Vales most respected grape growers and is known for his technical vineyard innovations, producing grapes to go into super premium and icon wines.

Kieran Falconer     

Administration Manager


Kieran is in charge of all the finances here at Oliver’s Taranga.

‘I’ve been in the finance area since finishing school and worked in and out of wineries in varying different roles.So…I’m pretty good at knowing when the girls are trying to spend too much money and quick to say something.’

Safe to say, Kieran has us all under a tight watch!



Nicky has grown up in McLaren Vale and is part of our extended family. She has worked on the Taranga property and other local cellar doors while studying Wine Marketing at Adelaide University. She then spent 5 years in WA’s Margaret River working at Howard Park’s cellar door.
At Oliver’s Taranga Nicky is involved in direct marketing, cellar door, bottling, dispatch, export, is our advertising guru and like any family business is available for anything else that comes up!

With a visit to Italy in 2011, the Ambush Hill Vinegar and Fig, Lemon and Expresso Vincotto have been added to the range.

Sally White

Cellar Door sally@oliverstaranga.com

Sally has been a great friend of the Oliver family for a long time. In fact, Corrina, Nicky & Sally all worked together in their teenage years at Granny Mays in Westfield Marion! You will see Sally in cellar door on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and some weekends.  Joining Sally in our amazing cellar door team is Sarah, Kate, Matt, Yvonne and Therese.  Make sure you come in and see us when you’re in McLaren Vale!


Phone 61 8 83238498

Fax 61 8 83237498





246 Seaview Road
McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171
Open 7 days, 10am – 4pm


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