Heartland is that place between the vines with the best view of the gum trees. When we first got together to start Heartland all those years ago, the idea was to embrace the best Australian fruit could offer and create wines of balance and texture with a uniquely Australian identity. We found a pure expression of this identity in Langhorne Creek. This has remained the chief source of our fruit ever since.
Grant Tilbrook, Scott Collett and Ben Glaetzer form the backbone and foundation of Heartland Wines. Grant had been an important part of Scott’s continued success with Woodstock Wine Estate in McLaren Vale. A partnership seemed an obvious progression. By working together they were able to create their shared dreams faster and better. Grant was one of the first to recognise Ben’s true potential and it wasn't long before they had formed a plan to make a range of unique and impressive wines.
Ben Glaetzer gets the core of it:
"A really important point I want to get across is we're not a group of investors that have got together and poured cash into it for the sake of doing it. We are at the coalface of it"
Langhorne Creek was an obvious destination for the grapes they needed. Ben had grown up immersed in the potential of Langhorne Creek through the work of his uncle John Glaetzer. Now they knew where the right fruit was and they had John to help them access it.
Scott Collett explains the ethos, "We want to express the best from those grapes and vineyards that we can without messing it up too much, winemaking and viticulture is all about not messing it up, letting the vine grow."
The perception, skills, resources and access combined to form Heartland. Their years of persistence, collaboration and commitment gave us the wines we have today as well as an abiding friendship that none of them will readily admit to.