The Sauvage family are cattle, cotton and wheat farmers in Oberlin Kansas and have a tradition of agricultural holdings, including in Australia. They were one of the original American cotton farmers to set up in Moree NSW Australia in the 1960s. As farmers, the Sauvages have a particular appreciation and patience for the time and investment required to begin a new agricultural enterprise. The family entered the wine distribution business in the early 1990s, and now have many years of experience in the fine wine business and the peculiar requirements for success in it. World class winegrowing requires both patience and determination, qualities not lost on Kansas farmers.
The addition of Ted to the team brought someone with the practical knowledge of terroir winegrowing based on many years of experience in Burgundy, California and Oregon, someone with deep experience in not just winemaking, but in world class vineyard development.
Great wines are not made from fruit; they are born of the soils which nurture the vines. Unlike many new world producers, Burn Cottage Vineyard does not make wine from “fruit”. Burn Cottage makes wines from vineyard blocks with individual character traits on an estate property.