Anton Van Klopper is recognized as one of the godfathers of the Australian natural winemaking scene. His unique and vibrant range is highly sought-after, not only in Australia but also internationally, a testament to his years of dedication to the art of making wine without additions.
The Lucy M vineyard and winery, situated in the Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills, forms the core of Anton's small-scale operation. Anton manages the vineyards organically and focuses on quality fruit over massive yield, resulting in a much smaller production than is typical for the region.
At Lucy M, winemaking is a straightforward process focused on grapes alone. Anton's rejection of conventional practices, stemming from a reaction to his formal wine education, results in wines that are both complex and unique with a distinct wild streak. His approach utelises natural ferments, ageing in oak and concrete, and bottling without fining or filtering - a process he has refined over two decades.
Van Klopper's colourful and idiosyncratic range attracts plenty of attention for its unique vibe and feel. These wines are an authentic reflection of place and time - they are raw, rugged and righteous. Check out this perception-altering range. They will open up a new world for you, no doubt about it.
"Lucy Margaux, Jauma, Ochota Barrels, BK Wines, The Other Right, Gentle Folk - these are some of the hottest labels in Australian wine right now, at the forefront of the natural, low-intervention, minimal-additions trend... Anton van Klopper is arguably the most influential character in the Basket Range group, his own approach helping to inspire others - Erskine, Belton and Schulkin in particular - to establish their own wine businesses." - Max Allen
"When he was first growing grapes and making wines in the Adelaide Hills, Anton was something of a renegade. No one else in the region was growing grapes and making wines like him. But thanks to his hard work and dedication to a wine philosophy he truly believes in, today Anton is respected as a trailblazer. A key inspiration to an ever-growing group of minimalist vignerons around Australia. No longer are his practises derided or ridiculed as those of a lunatic fringe. Today Anton’s wines are admired and appreciated as an important part of the diverse and exciting Australian wine story." - Wine Australia