A Blend of Heritage and Passion

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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.

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Mara Georgiadis

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.

Paul Georgiadis

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.

Our Vineyards

Georgiadis Estates Vineyard

This vineyard is situated in Marananga on the golden mile of the Barossa Valley. The vineyard was planted in 1995 for the aim of producing premium wine grapes to service Penfold’s Icon wines.

Soils vary across the vineyard from red-brown loams over red clay, with ironstone to red-brown loams over clay and limestone. at the top of the hill you see sand over yellow clay combines with buckshot iron stone. The Vineyard Altitude ranges from 250-290m above sea level which fortunately protects the vineyard from any severe frost events. Irrigation is only applied during critical stages of phenology to ensure ideal physiological ripeness.

Everything in our vineyards is managed with a level of ‘attention to detail’ to ensure the best results possible. Technology is used to measure moisture at various levels in the soil profile this allows us to make well informed decisions based on observation and scientific data.

“In our vineyards the best fertiliser is the growers shadow”.


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