My father Ron was born in 1923 at the Angaston Hospital not far from where the Thorn-Clarke Winery is currently located. He was the fourth born of the nine children my grandparents raised at Clifton Park in the Eden Valley Ranges.
Dad's great grandparents took up farming land in the Barossa in the 1840's and purchased Clifton Park where Dad grew up in the 1870's. To this day Clifton Park remains in the Thorn family and the 1870's vineyard still produces quality fruit.
As the family grew Dad showed tenacity and judgement pulling out orchards and extending the family vineyards. During the 1950's 60's and 70's times were testing for a family business based on dry land horticulture and mixed farming.
Dad's strong work ethic proved an invaluable asset during the tough years on the farm and he travelled widely as a shearer, drove bulldozers and worked at the local cement works to support his family.
Slowly the tide turned, Australians began drinking more wine and Dad with his uncanny ability to select and plant Clifton Park with the grape varieties of the future, saw fortunes change for Clifton Park and the Thorn family. I loved my Dad's wry sense of humour and his work ethic was an inspiration to us all.
Ron Thorn Shiraz is made from the best fruit that we grow and is produced only in exceptional years. This wine is given the benefit of 20 months barrel maturation and 12 months in bottle prior to release.
This is our tribute to Dad's life and his contribution to the Thorn-Clarke story.