David Bruer 1945 - 2023

David Bruer 1945 - 2023

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David Bruer. David was an extraordinary man who led an exceptional life.

We have created this page as a memorial, for each of us to reflect on the person David was and what he means to us. You can read on about his incredible life below. Please feel free to leave a message of support, treasured memory or condolence via the comment box at the conclusion.

After studying chemistry at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, he was in charge of the Oenology Department at Roseworthy College, where he met his late wife and fellow chemistry teacher, Barbara.

In 1973, David and Barbara planted their first vines in a small vineyard nestled in Langhorne Creek, where they nurtured a vine nursery and grew grapes to sell to other winemakers. But their vision extended beyond mere grape cultivation; it was a steadfast commitment to nurturing high-quality produce through environmentally conscious production processes. This commitment to both quality and sustainability became the cornerstone of their philosophy. In the late 70’s, David became a full-time winemaker, marking the establishment of Temple Bruer.

During the mid-80’s, David's dedication to sustainable winemaking led him to become a pivotal member of the Organic Vignerons Association of Australia. Here, his expertise and passion played a transformative role in reshaping the organisation's standards. In the community, David earned the esteemed title of the godfather of Australia's organic wine industry. Fifty years since David and Barbara’s first planting, Temple Bruer now boasts six vineyards spanning across South Australia, where David’s unwavering dedication was primarily directed toward converting our Riverland properties to the Temple Bruer standard of sustainable and organic viticulture.

Temple Bruer has lost a great leader, and the world has lost a remarkable man. David's legacy will continue to inspire us as we move forward with his son, Michael Bruer, leading the way. True to David’s spirit, business will continue to run as usual.

Thank you, David.



Condolences to Heather & Michael and extended Bruer Family, Friends and Work Colleagues.
Fond memories of Milang days – school council, Scouting and working in the vineyard with Barbara and David in the late eighties and nineties.
RIP David, my thoughts & prayers are with you all,
Meg Haensel-Fuss (formerly Dunk)

Meg Haensel-Fuss

Chapel Street Community Garden, in Magill, has been fortunate to have David as a member of our Garden since its beginning ten years ago. He was instrumental in establishing the organic philosophy of our garden, and continued to care for his plot, and the communal parts of the garden – including fourteen table grape vines – until very recently.
His knowledge of organic gardening, his commitment to healthy environmental practices and his willingness to nurture other gardeners, has been extraordinary. His presence and encouragement for other members will be sadly missed.
On behalf of the garden’s members, I offer our condolences to David’s family, and in particular to Michael.

Robyn McLean

Really sad to hear about David’s passing. When we moved back to SA in 2010, David and Mike always took the time to connect with us, share their stories, passion and wine. Condolences Mike and family (and both of your work family). What an amazing legacy. Best wishes Tania and the girls

Tania Kunze

David used to come shopping at an organic shop I used to work years ago.
I still remember his late wife too and I’m very das for Heather & Michael!
He was always really nice & a very interesting guy!
I’m so sorry for your loss, love Temple Bruer wines, I’m glad Michael will continue this great business.
RIP David! Much love Marga/Carola.

Carola Klink

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