Skillogalee Tourism Champion


Skillogalee is very hornourd and proud to be the South Australian April Tourism Champion 2018.

At Skillogalee our team strives to be the very best we can be. Skillogalee supports quailty local products and produce, where possible, and buys South Australian for what can not be sourced in the Clare Valley.

Skillogalee will continue to build on its strengths and keep focus on service excellence.

To view our case study and video please click on the link below: 


cellar door award 2017











For the third year running, Skillogalee has been awarded 'Cellar Door with Best Food, Clare Valley' in their annual Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards 2017. This is a fantastic achievement for the Cellar Door & Restaurant, especially with such an impressive range of competition here in the Clare Valley. Skillogalee was the first Winery Restaurant established in the Clare Valley and has been operating as a Winery Restaurant for the past 28 years. We are incredibly proud of providing great quality produce, wines and service all within a building with such great character and ambience. Thank you to Gourmet Traveller Wine for this award!



We are absoloutely delighted and honoured to win the Great Wine Capitals, Best Of Wine

Tourism Award for 2017 Regional Wine Tourism Restaurant. 

The Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the nine greatest wine regions in the world.

We now proceed to represent Austraila in the International Awards Program with a final winner from each great wine capital to be announced in Porto, Portugal in November.

Judges’ Comments: Skillogalee offers a wonderful family story, with an approach to personalised customer service that is second to none. Importantly, it is an experience that typifies South Australia and has proven to be very competitive on the international stage.

September 2016   


2016 Skillogalee RieslingThe grapes for this dry Riesling were grown on low-yielding vines, on the highest slopes of the Skillogalee estate (about 500 metres above sea level). The family-owned vineyard is managed in accordance with sustainable farming practices. Despite it being a relatively dry and warm growing season, Riesling was again one of the highlights of the 2016 Clare Valley vintage. 

The fruit was processed in a number of individual parcels, with each contour/block of vines picked as it reached its optimum ripeness and flavour. Each parcel was then fermented separately, allowing us to vary winemaking and processing techniques to suit the individual characteristics of each, and giving us the opportunity to enhance individual highlights, before blending immediately prior to bottling.

The wine is straw like in appearance, with a green tinge. The nose has a perfumed lift of white flowers, lime blossom and musk. The palate is full-flavoured with pronounced fruit weight and texture. Flavours of Tahitian lime zest and pith prevail, with hints of citrus spice and succulent, juicy acidity emerging thereafter. Structurally, this wine has impressive length, a lively natural acid backbone and a mouth-wateringly powerful finish.

Drink now with fish, seafood or white meat dishes, or cellar for up to 10 years.


May 2016                         Mathew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines 2016/17

2012 Skillogalee, Trevarrick Riesling, Clare Valley, SA

"Trevarrick is a limited release wine which is so serious and all-consuming that I do not hesitate for a moment in decalring it is one the the world’s most arresting dry Rieslings. That the price manages to keep its feet on the ground is so wonderous that I want to give the Palmer family a team hug every single day. The power and intensity of this majestic wine is considerable. The minerality, coming as it does from individual contour blocks or seams of vines planted on mean, stony Dolomite soils, is incredible. At 500m these blocks are picked first and the flavours are pristine, crystalline and piercing. I looked at a 2010 vintage the other day and it was starting to soften and fill out and it obliterated two (absolutely tiptop) Alsatian Rieslings with its personality and class. Below this leviathan you will find the 2013 and 2014 vintages of the amazing estate Riesling on the shelves they both look superb. This is a property which also makes one of a handful of Australia’s most seductive Gewurtztraminers. So, looking ahead, 2015 Riesling and 2015 Gewurtztraminer will appear this side of Christmas and you will be relieved to hear that these are, not surprisingly, spectacular creations."

May 2015                                              Matthew Jukes Top 100 Wines

The Skillogalee aromatic division has taken a year off in this 100 Best, and while there are plenty of Rieslings in this list there is no Gewurztraminer so I must apologise for that. If there was one out there with an elite flavour it would be on these pages, but none have crossed my path. Not to worry, because two different Skilly wines have made the grade.

2012 Skillogalee, Basket Pressed Shiraz is a star-player counterpointing a discreet 13% alcohol with masses of juicy, plummy fruit. There is gentle American and French oak used here and it’s the levity and brightness of mulberry-scented fruit which really stands out. With a score of 18.5/20 in my notes this is one of the greatest reds I have tasted from the Palmers’ idyllic Domaine.

NV Skillogalee, Liqueur Muscat  My featured wine is the mind-bending Liqueur Muscat which unlike many is a dry offering with lashings of tannin on board to cut the intensity of the palate. This makes it a very grown up after-dinner wine indeed with a palate shaped like a 20 year old Tawny Port but flavoured like a more luxurious, traditional Liqueur Muscat. I love it and you will adore the presentation, too. It sits on the table like a little general commanding the troops!


October 2015                     Brand South Australia 2015 Regional Awards

For the second consecutive year Skillogalee Winery was awarded Winner of the Primary Industries and Regions South Australia Regional Wine Award for Sustainability. We are extremely proud to recieve this award and would like to congratulate Grosset Wines and Reillys Wines, Mintaro for being finalists.

Our winery and vineyards are run in the most sustainable way we can, the vineyard is unirrigated, we recycle all our organic waste, we process all our fruit in our purpose built onsite winery and our aim is to produce authentic wines with minimal interventions retaining the integrity of the fruit. Our wines are sold in our vineyard cellar door, distributed through all states domestically and we have a modest but expanding international export market in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada,  South East Asia, Denmark and Thailand.

The restaurant is open 7 days a week and has been consistently for 25 years. It concentrates on producing quality dishes using local produce to match the wines on offer. The restaurant has a National and international reputation and draws a considerable amount of guests to the region.

For the last 10 years we have also been offering a range of styles of self-catering Bed and Breakfast Accommodation venues set in the vineyards.

Skillogalee overall offers a very strong food, wine and accommodation experience when visiting the Clare Valley.




Head Chef & Restaurant Manager Nicola Palmer and Cellar Door employee Sophie Weaver accepted the award on behalf of Skillogalee


August 2015                         James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016

James Halliday's Wine Companion has been released for 2016 and we have a whopping eight wines featured! Our two Trevarrick reds from 2012 have scored impressively and Skillogalee has been awarded a 5 Star Winery for another year.

97 Points - 2012 Trevarrick Single Contour Clare Valley Shiraz

94 Points - 2012 Trevarrick Single Contour Clare Valley Cabernet Franc

93 Points - 2014 Clare Valley Riesling

93 Points - 2012 Basket Pressed Clare Valley The Cabernets

92 Points - 2012 Basket Pressed Clare Valley Shiraz

92 Points - 2012 Take Two Basket Pressed Clare Valley Shiraz Cabernet

91 Points - 2014 Malbec Cabernet Rose

89 Points - 2014 Clare Valley Gewurtztraminer

To read the full reviews please click here.


July 2015                               The Advertiser's Top 100 Wines

Clare Valley Riesling 2014

“Dave Palmer has carved a great reputation for both his refined rieslings west of Sevenhill — and his full-flavoured reds too, for that matter. This is one pure and precise Clare rizza with all its pristine citrus and apple fruit elements inviting you into a refreshing, salivating, seafood friendly wine that tingles the palate but doesn’t attack it with overt acidity. It finishes dry, talc-dusty and simply deliciously.” ★★★★

Basket Pressed The Cabrenets 2012

“A much loved combo of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc, the first two great partners in Clare while this takes in a bit more of the redder berry spectrum from the cab franc to present like a fruits of the forest salad, squished to a juicy pulp with just enough back up from oak, acidity and tannin coating to drive an in-built fruit energy and not mask it. A bright-eyed blend with plenty of vibrant soul.” ★★★★1/2


November 2014                   Wine Business Magazine - November 2014

Trevarrick Single Contour Clare Valley Shiraz 2012

95 Points - Tyson Stelzer

There is an immediacy and a calm confidence to this release. Impressive depth of succulent black cherry and black plum fruit is framed by luscious dark chocolate oak. The mineral structure of limestone subsiols defines superfine tannins.

Basket Pressed Clare Valley Shiraz 2012

94 Points - Tyson Stelzer

There is an understated elegance, a subtle perfume and an effortless persistence to this vintage, yet wrapped into its folds are beautifully-defined black fruits. It's gentle and comfortably poised, ready to drink right away.

Clare Valley Gewurtztraminer 2014

93 Points - Tyson Stelzer

A Gewurtztraminer of texture and complexity, refreshingly reserved and contemplative. Texture is fine and well gauged with carefully placed, soft phenolic character and fine, high altitude acidity.

The Cabernets Basket Pressed Clare Valley 2012

93 Points - Tyson Stelzer

Lively, lifted and fruitful with fragrant violet perfume and crunchy black fruits and mint. It's medium bodied, lively and crunchy, declaring its high altitude provenance, finishing long and well structured with firm, fine tannins.


November 2014                   James Halliday's Top 100 Wines for 2014

James Halliday has picked his best of the best wines for 2014 and our 2012 Trevarrick Single Contour Shiraz has been awarded 97 points and a spot in the prestigious Top 100.

For the category of Best Red Wines Over $20 there were just 20 wines selected from 716 submitted from around Australia. Skillogalee was the single Clare Valley winery to feature in the impressive line-up. Congratulations to Grosset who was the only other winery to have a wine feature in the Top 100, their 2014 Polish Hill Riesling was picked in the Best White Wines over $20.

James Halliday's wine tasting note - 2012 Trevarrick Single Contour Shiraz

Deep, dense crimson-purple; estate-grown, from the hillside vines planted in '70. A wine of great class and elegance, with an utterly seductive array of red and black cherry fruits, spice and pepper on its bouquet, precisely repeated on the supply, juicy, silky medium-bodied palate. So easy to enjoy now, most will be long since consumed prior to its notional best-by date.

Drink by:         2047
Date tasted:    18 Sep 2014
Price:              $72.50
Alcohol:           13.5%


October 2014                                    Clare Valley Wine Show

Gold Medal - Skillogalee Late Harvest Riesling 2014


October 2014                           South Australian Regional Awards

Skillogalee were thrilled to recieve the Primary Industries and Regions South Australia Regional Wine Award at The Yorke & Mid North South Australian Regional Awards in October. This award focuses on recognising successful businesses who operate with a strong focus on sustainability, something Skillogalee holds in high regard.

To read more about the awards and their recipients click the link here.


October 2014                             Adelaide Royal Wine Show 2014

Bronze Medal - Skillogalee Clare Valley Riesling 2014


September 2014                         Perth Royal Wine Show 2014

Gold Medal - Skillogalee Gewurtztraminer 2014

Bronze Medal - Skillogalee The Cabernets 2012


August 2014                           James Halliday Wine Companion 2015

James Halliday's Wine Companion reviews for 2015 have been released and Skillogalee was announced a 5 Star Winery for another year! We are exceptionally proud to share this achievement with you all along with some great wine ratings and reviews of past and present vintages.

96 Points - 2010 Basket Pressed Clare Valley The Cabernets

94 Points - 2012 Trevarrick Single Contour Clare Valley Riesling

94 Points - 2010 Take Two Basket Pressed Clare Valley Shiraz Cabernet

92 Points - 2013 Cabernet Malbec Rose

91 Points - 2013 Clare Valley Gewurztraminer

90 Points - 2013 Clare Valley Riesling

For a full list of reviews click here


July 2014                              2014 Decanter World Wine Awards - London

  • Gold Medal - 2010 Shiraz
Elegant on the nose with red cherries and sweet fruits complemented by a touch of spice and spearmint. A savoury palate with bright acidity and menthol notes providing a fresh mouthfeel. The wine is graceful with a very long and linear finish.

  • Bronze Medals - 2012 Riesling; 2012 Trevarrick Riesling; NV Liqueur Muscat
  • Commended - 2010 Cabernets



July 2014                Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines for 2014/15

2012 Skillogalee, Trevarrick Single Contour Riesling, Clare Valley, SA

 "If time stopped for a moment at 7pm on 3rd June 2014, right in the middle of the launch of this list at Australia House, I feel certain it would be the greatest moment in Skillogalee’s history so far.  Because, at this precise moment, 2012 Trevarrick (my featured wine), 2013 Skillogalee Gewurztraminer and 2013 Skillogalee Riesling will all be in the market and available for purchase and this means that the finest three stars that this incredible estate has ever produced will all align.  

It’s rare for two wines in a portfolio to crisscross like this, regardless of vintage, but for three it is incredible.  2012 Trevarrick is set to be a legendary wi

Skillogalee 2010 Riesling 5 Stars from Decanter


Australian Riesling is infinitely superior to New Zealand's, according to a Decanter panel of eight New World Riesling experts.

Skillogalee Trevarrick Riesling listed at Hawksworth Restaurant


Crispy Fraser Valley pork belly with diced chorizo, topped with tender baby pea shoots beside paper thin oyster mushrooms - Paired with our 07 Trevarrick Riesling.

2010 Riesling


The 2010 Riesling received 94 points in the Advertiser's Top 100 Wines.