P R O T E R O
GUMERACHA ADELAIDE HILLS
“A deep respect for the land and no compromise on quality”
P R O T E R O initially began as a retirement project for Frank and Rosemary Baldasso. Realising the quality of the fruit their Gumeracha vineyard was producing, they decided to create the Protero label using two of Australia's finest winemakers; Paul Drogemuller and S.C. Pannell.
Frank Baldasso's vision and passion for the land has transpired into a sustainable and low carbon approach. Since 2005, Frank has respected the land by only using farm inputs allowed by the internationally recognised organic certification body, NASAA. NASAA is accredited by IFOAM and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) for international Organic Certification. This has resulted in an Organic 2010 Vintage fully accredited by NASAA.
Protero takes its name from the Proterozoic geological epoch formed around 1 to 2 billion years ago. It is from these greatly weathered stones that the soil of our vineyard comes from. Biodynamic, low carbon footprint and certified organic, Protero embodies sustainable farming methods focusing on the soil and the vine.
PROTEROZOIC literally means “former life” or “the life which came first”; referring to the fact that during this tumultuous age, which stretched from 570 million years back to 2.6 billion years, the first types of multi-cellular life began to form. In contrast, the famous Kimmeridgean chalks below Chablis are 60 million years old.