Established in 2009 by owner-winemaker Abel Gibson, Ruggabellus (meaning ‘rugged beauty’) is a small, artisanal producer located in the Eden Valley, Barossa Ranges, South Australia. Raised amongst the vines of the Barossa Valley, Abel has a deep connection to its ancient landscape. Before launching his own project, he worked for periods with some of the region’s top wine brands, including Penfolds, Rockford and Charles Melton. Today, Ruggabellus is known as a trailblazer of the 'New Barossa' movement, and a producer of some of Australia’s finest skin contact wines. Together with his wife, Emma, Abel grows and purchases small parcels of old-vine Grenache, Mataro, Cinsault, Syrah, Riesling, Semillon, and Muscat. The couple are attracted to vineyards that allow them to pick a little early, with the aim of preserving acidity in the fruit, which is then fermented with some stems, using indigenous yeasts. Additions are minimal and new oak is never used. The style is still distinctly Barossa in character, but lighter and more aromatic than is commonplace - freshness and vitality are key. These are unique and beautifully crafted Australian wines of grace and intrigue - bold, but wonderfully balanced.