Cranswick Estate is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced wineries in Australia. Devoted to the production of superior grapes that yield maximum flavor and extraction, this estate has pioneered many advanced viticultural practices, including special drip irrigation systems and alternate trellis designs for different grape varietals.& Over the past three decades such practices have dramatically advanced the quality of Cranswick's wines and allowed many small wineries in warm, arid climates throughout Australia to exploit excellent viticultural sites that were formally untenable. Originally begun in the 1970's, by Cinzano to produce dessert and fortified wines, Graham Cranswick-Smith and his Australian management team purchased this state of the art winery in 1991 and transformed it into New South Wales most important premium table wine producer in less than ten years. Cranswick has gained an international reputation for quality and consistency, and has garnered many national and international awards. Led by Graham Cranswick-Smith, Cranswick Estate has been called Australia's "export hero" for the seemingly insatiable international demand for the estate's wines. Currently, Cranswick is exported to 17 countries on four continents, including the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and the Middle East. Located in Riverina, New South Wales' largest and most important viticultural area, Cranswick has been dubbed "The Pick of the Riverina". Here, the quintessential Australian varietal, Shiraz is king. Recently, critics have ranked the Cranswick Estate in the top echelon of Shiraz producers. This may appear to some to be an unbelievable feat for such a young venture with modest beginnings and a notable penchant for sweet, white wines. However, the care shown in choosing the proper sites for Shiraz, natural slopes of terra rossa soil with a limestone base, coupled with attentive vineyard management and a substantial investment, has paid off handsomely for Cranswick - proof that wine is made in the vineyard. In addition to the mighty Shiraz, Cranswick produces top notch Merlot and Cabernet and will soon come on board with Grenache and Roussanne, two traditional Rhone varietals.