About Dhiaga Wines

Dhiaga (Dee-a-ga) means divine, heavenly or god-like in Irish.

The Dhiaga Story

At Dhiaga we aspire to make wines worthy of the gods by using nature’s gifts and all the magic and mystery we can conjure up. 

Celtic symbology is present on our labels, including the Irish Triquetra Knot- an ancient pagan symbol that represents Air, Water, Earth and Light. In using these elements of nature, we want to create something worthy of the gods.

We produce wines simply, with little or no processing aids or adjuncts, no filtration, the bare minimum of sulphur or none at all.

We want to make wines that push the boundaries without compromising on quality.

Our fruit is sourced from mature vines at some the best vineyards in Victoria. We have close long-term relationships with our passionate vignerons.

All the wines we make are varieties from Northern Italy – a region that inspires us.

The Dhiaga Team

Justin Purser

Winemaker

Justin Purser is perhaps best known for being chief winemaker at Best’s in Great Western, where he has been for the better part of a decade.

Purser studied at Adelaide University (Waite Campus), which is renowned for its wine science degree, but he actually studied visual arts, before finally correcting course to graduate in oenology in 2004.

Purser then worked at Primo Estate, where Joe Grilli instilled in him both an interest in Italian varieties, as well as a passion for experimentation. Grilli entrusted the management of Primo Estate’s Adelaide Hills nebbiolo block to Purser, as well as the responsibility of making the wine. He credits this as a turning point in his career.

Purser also endured an icy time at Peregrine, in Central Otago, then worked at Azienda Agricola Brezza, in Barolo. Enzo Brezza taught Purser the finer points of nebbiolo making, and also handed him the responsibility of managing the cellar – no small thing at such an esteemed address. Purser then directed a winemaking team at Domaine de Montille, in Burgundy, for four years. Lured back to Australia, he took the winemaking role at Best’s. He started Dhiaga in 2018.

Award Winning Handcrafted Wines

Trophy for Best Sparkling
2018 Gewurztraminer Dhiaga – Pet Nat

Bronze Medals
2018 Arneis Dhiaga
2015 Nebbiolo Dhiaga

Danger Zone Trophy
2019 Moscato Dhiaga

(now named Hopscato Dhiaga)

Trophy for Best Sparkling
2020 Gewurztraminer Dhiaga – Pet Nat

Bronze Medal
2018 Nebbiolo Dhiaga