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Passing of a creative architect and Barossa winemaker
Richard James Remfry Glastonbury
Born: November 24, 1947 – Adelaide
Died: December 27, 2016
Richard James Remfry Glastonbury was born in Adelaide
on November 24 1947, and passed away on December 27
2016 after a seven month battle with cancer.
He was the second of three children to Bill and Meg
His elder sister Sue was three when Richard was born
and Richard was eleven when much-younger brother, Robert
Sue is a retired lawyer from Adelaide and Rob was
encouraged to leave his Ag Science course by Richard
and became a winemaker, a field he continues in today as
Operations Manager for De Bortoli Wines in New South
Richard had an interesting and enriching childhood.
His dad was an Industrial Chemist and worked at the
Menz chocolate factory as a food chemist.
Richard would love to visit his laboratory and sample his
Dad’s new inventions- chocolate coated aniseed alligator
jubes, mandarin jubes and comet creams just to name a few.
At home Richard really loved watching his Dad make
yeast breads and buns. Mother Meg was a very creative
person and a very capable cook, and was also an excellent
gardener ... how things run in the family and are passed
on unwittingly to the next generation!
They lived at Mile End in his formative early post-war
years and moved to Forest Range in the Adelaide Hills in
November 1952 into a house that was originally the Forest
Range Hotel, built in the 1840’s.
It was a large two-storey stone residence with large open
fire-places built on 13 acres.
The garden was created by Meg from scratch as the area
was a bare paddock when they moved in.
It finished up being a fantastic Adelaide Hills garden
complete with a large walnut tree, nectarines, plums, pears,
flowering camellias, fuchsias and roses, and plenty of water
What a wonderful place for a child to grow up.
Richard used to enjoy roaming the countryside with his
sister and catching tadpoles and frogs in the creek that ran
through the property.
He started his architectural career very young by making
tree houses in the long cypress hedge and also met up with
the neighbour’s horses, -another passion of his life.
Richard attended the Forest School, Lenswood and then
went to the Adelaide Technical High School from 1960-65.
He went on to complete an Associate Diploma in
Architecture from 1965-71 (and during this time he gained
some valuable work experience).
He then moved across to Adelaide University from 1973-
75, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture.
His thesis was titled “A winery at Keppoch”, so it is not
surprising he eventually joined the industry.
Richard had a passion for sport, especially Aussie Rules,
and followed West Torrens and later the Brisbane Lions.
He was also interested in cricket, fishing and restoring
From an early age Richard was attracted to reading
and learning about Antarctica, which led to his passion for
collecting the postage stamps of Antarctica.
Richard typically wore brown RM Williams boots, often
with tidy neatly-pressed, pocketed, lapelled-shirts, together
with mole skins.
The country look appealed to Ingrid Dallwitz from
Nuriootpa whom he met in Adelaide when they were both
students at the School of Architecture .
They married in January 1972.
Richard cut his teeth at winemaking, not knowing at
the time that he would later discontinue practising as an
architect and focus on the wine and hospitality industry
The first wine he made was a Shiraz that was barrel
matured for many years near the horse stables behind the
Dallwitz house in Nuriootpa.
Ingrid’s late father, Martin identified at the time that
Richard was gifted as a wine maker.
The wine was made from grapes harvested from one of
Martin’s properties. Martin and his wife, Irma both admired
their talented son-in-law.
Ingrid was not keen to have children after they were
married whereas Richard was.
When their dog Anushka, a long haired Dachshund had
puppies, Ingrid’s maternal instincts were ignited.
Their first daughter Ilona was born in 1978, followed by
Tullia in 1982.
After graduation, work in Architecture was difficult to
find and Richard spent some time as a deckhand and a cook
on a prawn boat owned and operated out of Port Lincoln by
his good friends Ross and Karen Haldane.
Ross and Richard were very close friends and Richard
was a hard worker and fortunately did not suffer from
He also went into private practice and designed and
constructed houses for many people, including good friends,
David and Chris Channing, Rob and Jenny Henzell, Reg and
Rhonda Rankin and Cyril and Doris Henschke.
He worked for John Andrews, Haines Shirley and Woods
Bagot Architects for a period of time and also worked with
Ingrid’s father Martin, on a large apartment development
in the East End Market.
The family moved to Brisbane in 1988 where Richard
worked for Cann Architects.
He was involved in both local and overseas projects
as Principal Architect including projects in Japan and
They all returned to Barossa in November, 2000 and
Richard started making wine at the Veritas and Langmeil
wineries, before lodging a development application using
his unique design to build the Kabminye Winery, which was
completed in 2002 in Krondorf Road, Tanunda.
Kabminye also specialized in a unique menu of original
German Barossa Fare; including platters with Lachs-
schinken and traditional salads, Kassler with Damfkraut,
and Mandel Kuchen; an almond cake with poached Bachobst
or dried fruit, with local cream.
Early on Richard was famous for his vineyard –sourced,
butter-laced, Hare Pie, rivalling the pheasant pie at Maggie
While wife Ingrid ran the kitchen, marketing, staffing
and front of house, Richard managed the wine, the grape
growing, grape purchasing, wine-making, tasting and selling.
It was a full on business and they employed some
In the initial stages it was just the family and a couple
of casual staff.
Tullia used her experience to set up and run the cellar
door and front of house, while Ilona ran the office and later
the kitchen- she is a fantastic cook influenced of course by
Richard and Ingrid.
On meeting and marrying Ilona, husband Craig joined
the team and focussed on the cellar door.
They hired from outside of the family, and some chefs were
to become well known Barossa Foodies, including William
Wood ( now with Careme), and Ryan Edwards (Appellation),
not to mention other valued staff that included Andrea
Dier, Sally Lloyd, Lydia Kalleske, Louise Langford, Krystal
Zimmermann, Olivia Fechner and Di Smith.
Richard had a unique perspective among modern wine
makers, having grown up drinking the classic traditional
Barossa Clarets and Burgundies of the 60’s.
When he came back to winemaking in 2001 he not only
brought with him vivid memories of wines from his youth
but also that adventurous pioneering spirit that led to a
road trip with Ingrid to source Kerner vines and establish
the first ever planting of the variety in South Australia.
He made wine in the same way he would prepare a meal,
but was never a slave to a recipe.
He was most proud of his 2005 Grenache Carignan, but
his 2006 Zinfandel was a standout in the “Legends behind
the Barrel” during the 2007 Barossa Vintage Festival, not
to mention his “Schleibs Block” and “Ken and Neville”.
Richard was one of the best small-parcel wine makers
in the Barossa. He had exceptional skill at making one-off
wines, and when tasting at Kabminye, there always seemed
to be that special unlabelled bottle hidden under the counter.
Of course his Kerner white is stunning, and other wines
that were given family names included the Tullia sparkling,
the Ilona Rose, the Irma Adeline, the Hubert Shiraz and
the HWG cabernet.
Richard always enjoyed helping and mentoring his sons-
in-law Craig and Jake.
Craig provided excellent reliable support around
Kabminye and Jake enjoyed discussing his architectural
design projects with Richard, and has recently finished his
studies in the building sector.
There are repeated themes to this story that reflect
Richard’s passions and the life of a wonderful man.
The grandchildren were important, and he was well on
the way with his mentorship of Atticus with whom he made
wooden boats, floating them from the footbridge at the back
of their Krondorf Road property.
His granddaughters Bridget and Lottie were both “the
apple of his eye” and he gained great pleasure playing “hide
and seek” on the bed with young Kaspar.
Richard was indeed a great mentor to his family, and
the many others whom he met throughout his life. His
friendship and passion towards those friends, in a softly
spoken way, was always welcomed.
A Facebook page initiated by Ilona features “Celebrating
Rick’s life”. The cartoons drawn by Lasse Kaukomma and
posted by his wife, Ruth capture the character of Richard and
his passion for life, wine-making and horse drawn vehicles.
Mt Mary floods
On the evening of December 28 up to
150mm of rain was dumped around Mt Mary.
Peter Schiller took these photos from the
Thiele Highway the next afternoon.
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