A Blend of Heritage and Passion
Paulmara Estates was established by Paul and Mara Georgiadis in 1999, with the first vines planted by Paul in 1995. All of our fruit is grown in this Georgiadis Estates vineyard.
Our first wine, 'Syna' was inspired by our Greek and Californian heritage and shared passion for fine wine. 'Syna' is Greek for 'together' and captures our union of two like minds and hearts.
Family is at the centre of everything we do, and the stories behind each of our wines are inspired by our life and those we love.
Paul was born into an immigrant Greek family and lived in Barmera where his family owned vineyards and orchards. Whilst studying at the University of South Australia, he managed the family vineyard business. For over 18 years until 2009, Paul was employed by Penfolds as their premium regions Grower Relations Manager. While overseeing the family's two Barossa Valley vineyards, he consults to vignerons and wineries throughout Australia's premium growing districts and is considered to be one of the best in his field.
Paul has a vast amount of wine industry experience and continues to build on his relationships with winemakers, growers and connoisseurs in Australia and abroad.
Mara Thomas was born in Sonoma County, California USA. Growing up in an agricultural family, her father is an internationally renowned viticultural expert and professor. Whilst schooling, she worked for the largest nursery in the Northern Hemipshere for six years where she gained a vast amount of experience in grafting, harvesting and vintage.
Mara graduated from the California Polytechnic State University SLO and has a degree in Agribusiness. While employed at Farm Credit as an Account Manager she also worked in marketing and cellar doors of some of Sonoma County’s finest wineries.
Mara travelled to Australia in 1997 and met Paul while working in a Barossa Winery. Upon marrying Paul, she moved to Adelaide in late 1998 and the rest is history.
The altitude of our Barossa Valley property is about 280m above sea level, just high enough to prevent the risk of frost damage during the Spring. Harvest usually occurs in early March, and fruit is hand picked. Winemaking commences immediately after that.
Once the leaves begin to drop off the vines in late May, hand pruning begins. In November, just prior to flowering, we shoot thin the vines to ensure the removal of non-count shoots (the ones you didn’t plan for when pruned), ensuring the right balance of the vine to produce the premium quality of our grapes. Our wines reflect both characters of the region and individuality of our estate plantings.