Woodvale in Gawler South is blessed to have a number of quality wineries right at its doorstep and being located at that the gateway to the stunning Barossa Valley also means we just a short drive to many more. What better way to drink in the breath taking views of the area and enjoy a cheeky wine or two than to find yourself at one. Here we give you just a little taste of five of them.
Named after an 1800’s Homestead on the property called Tenafeate (“The Whistling House”) and the nearby creek, Tenafeate Creek Wines had their first release in 2002.
Winemaker and Co- Owner with his father Larry, Michael Costa developed his love of wine making from his Grandfather Vincenzo Costa. Migrating to Australia from Italy in the early 1900’s, Vincenzo made homemade wine for friends and family during the 1960’s. Thirty years on Larry Costa started making wines as a hobby and retirement meant he could indulge his love of winemaking, and so Tenafeate Creek Winery was born.
Using traditional hands-on methods of winemaking, they produce over 20 styles of wine and have won many awards, including 2 Gold Medals for their 2014 Judgement Shiraz.
Relax with a Rose or try a Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc or a Sparkling Blush with a delectable bruschetta or cheese platter. Feeling a bit more peckish? You’ll love one of their gourmet pizzas, pair one with their Craft Beer “Toffs” – interestingly named after the “Blue Bloods” known as the “Toffs of One Tree Hill” who held dinner parties and hunting trips back in the early 1900’s!
Photograph: Tenafeate Creek Wines
Whatever your taste, take a drive to One Tree Hill, just 11 km from the Main Street in Gawler and you’ll find them at 1071 Gawler-One Tree Hill Road. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am till 5pm (including Public Holidays). Just don’t forget to leave room in the boot for a few take home bottles!
In Gawler for a weekend getaway? Why not take a short but scenic drive less than 10 minutes away to Bibaringa Winery?
Up on the hill, between One Tree Hill and Gawler, Bibaringa is a small winery that produces “ Thieving Parrot Wines”, naming the label after the gorgeous (and cheeky) Lorikeets and Rosellas that appear in huge numbers to try and sample the grapes as they ripen.
They produced their first vintage in 2003 and their wines are 100% Merlot. The owners have an all-natural, hands – on approach to their wines. The entire process is done by hand, from picking the grapes to ensure local wildlife such as the bearded dragon lizard is disturbed as little as possible, to loading the picked grapes into the crusher and bottling the wine.
Photograph: Bibaringa Wines
Why not lunch in Gawler then drive to their Cellar Door at 460 Gawler-One Tree Hill Road. If you’re dropping in for wine tasting, they don’t have set times, just look for their “Cellar Door Open “sign and an open gate. If you’re lucky you might get to taste some barrel samples too. Their Cellar Door Sales are open 10am until 4.30 everyday so you’ll never miss out on buying a bottle or two.
What beautiful bottles and gorgeous colours! Made from whole fruit, not grapes, the tradition of fruit wine dates to early civilization. While the methods are similar to making grape wine, the process is longer and more hands on – patience is definitely key.
After becoming interested from an early age, the owner made his very first wine using wild plums and presented this as a gift to his parents. Most of the fruit is grown on site or comes from the Barossa Valley region and they’ve been making wine for over 50 years. Their Cellar Door opened as Concordia Fruit Wines in 2001 and changed to Barossa Fruit Wines to coincide with the Gawler Gourmet and Heritage Festival in 2006.
Their 12 varieties of table and dessert wines have enticing flavours like Apricot, Blackberry, Mango or the unique Rose Petal Wine and they have won awards at the Perth Royal Show as well as 2 Gold Awards in the Australian Fruit Wine Awards.
Photograph: Barossa Fruit Wines
Visit their Cellar Door, just a 4 km drive from the Gawler Cinemas, at 319 Barossa Valley Way for tasting and sales from 10.30am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and most Public Holidays – why not try the Quandong Wine made with Flinders Ranges Quandongs and don’t forget, their beautifully presented bottles make the perfect gift!
In the beautiful Mt Lofty Ranges, only a 10 minute drive from Gawler, you’ll come across Uleybury Wines. Tony Pipicella, the owner, remembers his father growing grapes and making wine in Italy. In 1995 Tony and his family planted their own vines at Uleybury.
As a 5 Star Winery where every vine is hand pruned, Uleybury Wines have received an impressive array of awards and trophies and their first vintage, in 2000, consisted of a Shiraz, Grenache Shiraz and Semillon. The following year the Cellar Door was opened in a renovated cottage (built around the 1850’s). Open from Wednesday to Sunday – 10.30am till 5pm, you can also buy their own extra virgin olive oil as well as other goodies.
Choosing from their extensive range of wines – from a “Cinghiale” (Italian for Wild Boar) Cabernet Sauvignon to their Moscatino (a sweet and fruity blend of Moscato and Chardonnay) and everything in between – is an enjoyable but not so easy task!
Photograph: Uleybury Wines
If you wish to linger, their Bottega Restaurant is open for lunch on weekends. Tuck into mouth-watering pizzas, a variety of mains and desserts, or share a platter for two.
Find them at 719 Uley Road, Uleybury and spend a lazy afternoon.
This one is perfect if you have more time on your hands. Just over an hour’s drive from Gawler, set on a gorgeous property, is Woodvale Vintners. The owners, husband and wife team Kevin Mitchell and Kathleen Bourne, purchased the Woodvale property, in Penwortham’s Skilly Valley, in 2004. Two years later the first vines were planted, and looked after with help from Kevin’s dad, Mort Mitchell. Wine production began in 2014.
While Kevin and Kathleen have a focus on small batches of Shiraz and Riesling – the Clare Valley being known as the Australian Home of Riesling, they also produce Grenache, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mataro, ensuring there is something for everyone.
Photograph: Woodvale Vintners
They might be a relatively young winery, but they are certainly going places – the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion has named them as one of Australia’s Top Ten New Wineries, achieving 5 stars.
Want to sample their 5 star Wines? Tastings are by appointment only at their renovated cottage on the Woodvale Property. Kevin and Kathleen are wonderful hosts and are more than happy to chat about the stories behind the wines, as well as the history of their property, all while you share a platter of delectable goodies, not forgetting the wines!
Why not book today, at email@example.com and enjoy a unique experience you’ll remember for a long time.