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.
Jason began his career as part of the Penfolds winemaking team at Magill Estate, crafting many of Penfolds premium wines including Bin707 and Grange for over twelve years as Penfolds Magill Estate Winemaker.
Outside of the Australian vintage, for 10 years he completed dual harvests as a “Flying Winemaker”, consulting in Portugal, France, USA and Canada, making all wines ranging from red, white, sparkling and rosé through to Fortified and Ice-wine.
Having worked with premium Barossa fruit for over a decade, it was hardly surprising that his wine voyage has ended being based in one of his favorite sub regions, Marananga. Jason has spent a lot of time working with Paul, learning the idiosyncrasies and intricacies of the geology, the grape varieties planted, and the unique microclimate to unlock the real potential of the Georgiadis Estate vineyard. To be able to maximize expression of a grape variety and the terroir form the framework for the oenological decisions that Jason makes in the winery.
Jason’s hands-on approach is a testament to the wines that he creates. He is more at home at the bottom of a fermenter (bogging out), than behind a desk. His attention to detail is reflected in the quality of the wines that he produces.
Jason’s long relationship with Paul and Mara began in 2005 when Paul and Jason both worked at Penfolds Magill Estate, with Jason was producing Penfolds wines from grapes sourced from the Georgiadis Estate vineyard. They have worked collaboratively over the last 15 years in the pursuit of excellence.
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.
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
5 Glass Rating by Halliday
2021 HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
We are exceptionally proud of our results in this years Halliday Wine Companion, with our 2018 Syna and 2018 Apotigi both receiving 96 POINTS, with the 2018 Syna also being scored as a Special Value wine (wines considered to offer special value for money )