CLO Wines is the brainchild of Sydney born and raised Chris Loth. Having grown up in the institution that is Annandale Cellars, surrounded by wines from producers all over the world, it was only natural that Chris would one day aspire to produce his own wine. Chris has had the privilege of working with some iconic and idyllic producers in Australia and around the world. Among them, Luke Lambert, Dave Fletcher, Ceretto, Foillard & Francois Rousete-Martin.
The first vintage of CLO was back in 2013, and by 2015 Chris was purchasing fruit from trusted growers from the high altitude, granitic, cool-climate of Tumbarumba in the Snowy Valleys of NSW. The priority is to source grapes from sustainably farmed vineyards, and organic when possible. The wines are made using minimal intervention, which means hand-picked, wild fermentation, no additions, no filtration, no fining, and only sulphur at bottling when deemed necessary, although often not at all.
It is Chris’ personal belief (and one that we echo) that the most exciting wines in the world are produced by people who farm their own vineyards and make their own wine – vignerons. To that end in 2021 Chris began leasing the Sunnyside vineyard. Located on the outskirts of the Tumbarumba township at an elevation of 650m asl, it is one of the early vineyards planted in the region (1987). The acre vineyard is currently planted to Pinot Noir with plans for planting density to be doubled, bringing it to around 10,000 vines per hectare, Tumbarumba’s closest planted vineyard. Farming is organic with all vineyard activities being conducted by hand, with the exception of a push mower and wiper sniper. The first grape harvest from Sunnyside is expected in 2023.
We are excited to present these wines – local, progressive, boundary-pushing and exciting. It is wonderful to see the potential future of wine from NSW through this lens.