Annie's Lane employees let go in wake of Quelltaler Estate sale

Twenty staff at Annie’s Lane were informed on Thursday that their roles at Quelltaler Estate would be made redundant, effective as of November 30.

The news came as a result of Seppeltsfield’s acquisition of the 365-hectare vineyard and 1000-tonne winery at Quelltaler Estate, Watervale, also announced yesterday.

The transaction did not include any staff.

A spokesperson for Treasury Wine Estates – owner of the Annie’s Lane brand – said the staff were a mixture of full and part time, and casual, employees.

“Staff were informed yesterday that all roles would be impacted,” the spokesperson said.

“Some are taking redundancies, but some have expressed an interest in other roles within the (TWE) business, which they will explore in coming weeks.”

Given TWE’s vast interests in the South Australian wine industry, the spokesperson said there may be opportunities in close proximity – such as the Barossa – which would suit Annie’s Lane employees.

TWE – then Wolf Blass – acquired the historic Quelltaler Estate in 1987.

In the following years, there was significant expenditure on upgrades and redevelopments to the vineyard and production facilities.

Wine has not been produced at the Quelltaler winery for a couple of decades now.

TWE’s spokesperson said Annie’s Lane wines were produced in the Barossa and the brand was managed as its own entity.

“The brand has been retained and will continue to operate as normal,” they said.

The spokesperson could not confirm if grapes would continue to be sourced from the Clare Valley.

“We won’t own those (Quelltaler) vineyards as part of the sale.

“Annie’s Lane wines will continue to be made by TWE in the Barossa and grapes for these wines will be sourced from the Adelaide GI (geographic indicator).”

This story Annie’s Lane staff let go first appeared on Northern Argus.