“Winemaking isn’t a matter of life or death – it’s much more important than that!”
- Leo Buring 1876-1961.
Among the many personalities that have shaped the Australian wine industry over the past 150 years one name stands pre-eminent: Leo Buring. Hermann Paul Leopold Buring was born in South Australia on the 7th October 1876, the son of German immigrants. Dux of the Oenology course at Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1896, Buring was a highly skilled winemaker, wine judge and educator and is often described as “Australia’s Ambassador for Wine.”
Acclaimed wine critic and judge, James Halliday, once described Leo Buring as, “the greatest maker of Rhine Riesling in Australia” and “Australia’s foremost producer of Rieslings over a 30-year period.”
As winemaker of Leo Buring since 2009, Peter Munro believes, “it is an honour to make wines under the Leo Buring label. The brand has such a rich history, the vineyards are second to none and the quality of the wines is revered. All this makes for a daunting task to uphold and improve the wines; it’s a challenge I relish and immerse myself in.”
The goal of Leo Buring is a very simple one: to make the best Riesling in Australia.
What that means for Leo Buring is purity, elegance, the structure to age gracefully whilst capturing and expressing the time and place of the vineyard.
Leo Buring viticulturists have identified the best vineyards, and literally the best rows in those vineyards, within the Clare and Eden Valleys to source the perfect fruit for Leonay, the modern flagship of Leo Buring.