The Storyboard

Funk Wagon GSM


Johann Funk arrived in South Australia aboard the ship Johanne Ceasar in 1854. He would later purchase a wagon made from local timber but of German design. Such four wheeled wagons played an integral part in the everyday life of the early settlers in the Barossa Valley, and today the ‘Funk Wagon’ is the best surviving example of its type. As a family’s only mode of transport, they were used for everything from getting to and from church, to wedding coach, funeral hearse and sleeping quarters when travelling longer distances. Of course these wagons were also indispensible to wine growers in the carting of grapes, water and barrels. With plantings of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro dating back to the earliest settlements, these grape varieties are those most likely to have filled these very wagons and are by no coincidence the grape varieties that are used in the making of this wine.  As you enjoy this blend, be sure to raise a glass to The Funk Wagon!


Key Awards:

  • Gold Medal - 2021 Vienna International Wine Competition (Vintage 2018)
  • 95 Points - 2021 Halliday Wine Companion (Vintage 2015)
  • Silver Medal - Vienna International Wine Competition (Vintage 2015)
  • 92 Points - Halliday (Vintage 2014)
  • Trophy, Best Barossa GSM - International Wine Challenge, London, 2013 (Vintage 2011) 
  • Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge, London, 2013 (Vintage 2011)
  • Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2013 (Vintage 2011)
  • 92 Points (Chairman's Trophy) - Wine Australia Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2014 (Vintage 2011)

The Funk Wagon Takes Trophy for Best Barossa GSM in London!

Our newly released The Funk Wagon GSM has been acknowledged as the Barossa’s best at the World’s largest wine competition in London - The International Wine Challenge!

The Trophy at this year's IWC for the Best Barossa SGM follows on from our success at last year’s show, with trophies for the Best International Shiraz, Best Australian Shiraz & Best Barossa Shiraz for our Wild Witch!

The Funk Wagon is a classic Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro and is one of four exceptional reds that have just been released in our brand new Storyboard range.

The IWC's panel of international judges were impressed with the wine's 'exotic incense, perfumed violets and spicy black fruit nose' and 'succulent blackcurrant/plum spice palate'.

The Funk Wagon's accolade adds to the success of the Storyboard range with The Wombat General Riesling receiving a Gold Medal at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, The Rambling Ruins Pinot Gris named in the South Australian Top 100 wines and The Runaway Ring Late Harvest Riesling named in the South Australian Hot 100 Wines.

Gold Medal -Vienna IWC
(Vintage 2018)



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