The Skillogalee Estate
Over 300 Acres in the Clare Valley
What started as a small family vineyard over 50 years ago has grown into over 125 acres of vineyards on over 300 acres of land surrounded by rolling hills and expansive natural bushland brimming with native wildlife.
We grow a range of grape varieties include Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Muscat. Still family-owned, the vineyard is driven by our love of high-quality wine that expresses its natural terroir. Sustainably grown and carefully managed, our grapes allow for wine with full-bodied flavours that have won multiple awards, both locally and internationally.
Our Soils and Vines
Our vineyards were planted in the early 1970s on what was then, at almost 500 metres above sea level, one of the highest vineyards in South Australia. The rows are planted on the contour in shallow stony dolomite soils primarily on the steep eastern facing slopes.
The vines are hand-pruned and the fruit is mainly hand-picked. Yields are extremely low but the vineyard produces intense flavours and aromas and deep, richly-coloured reds. Kangaroos are regular visitors – and significant numbers can be found around vintage time, when the hills are dry and brown, camping in the vineyards and feasting on the succulent fruit.
"The wine is made in the vineyard and it's our goal to allow each variety to shine through and express the unique place they were grown."
The Clare Valley
The Clare Valley wine region is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions with winemaking stretching back over 160 years. It lies in the beautiful Mid North region of South Australia around 140 km north of Adelaide.
Boasting a vibrant, diversified rural community with delightful rolling hills and natural vegetation creating beautiful landscapes, the area is steeped in South Australia’s early history.
The climate is considered to be moderate and continental in style with altitude that runs between 400 and 500 metres. The temperature combines cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days resulting in large diurnal ranges. The altitude combined with the climate allows wine grapes to ripen more evenly and slowly without producing high sugar levels and losing natural acidity. Rainfall is predominantly in winter and spring, and summers are relatively dry, with only occasional rain events, which obviates the need for frequent fungal sprays.
The ‘Skillogalee’ Valley is one of the most picturesque in the Clare Valley Wine region and it was in the early 1840s when explorer John Horrocks settled Penwortham named after his home town in England.
Historically the Clare Valley’s predominant variety of grapes has been Riesling and is recognised as the variety’s Australian home. Principal red grape varieties are Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mindfulness of the Environment
Skillogalee has twice been awarded the Winner of the Primary Industries and Regions South Australia Regional Wine Award for Sustainability.
Sustainability and the well-being of the environment are at the heart of everything we do. We believe it is our responsibility to leave the land better than we found it.
Our winery and vineyards are run in the most sustainable way possible. The vineyard is primarily dry-grown, 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.
Wines Styles and
Skillogalee has a small modern winery crushing only around 250 tonnes per vintage, giving us the opportunity to hand-make individual wines in small batches.
Fruit handling and vinification are undertaken using the best of traditional and modern technologies – modern winemaking techniques for whites, to preserve the fruit aromas and flavours, and more traditional techniques for reds – the use of open fermenters and basket pressing to maximise flavour and colour without over-extraction. We focus heavily on gentle fruit handling throughout and our winery hygiene programs are meticulous. In this way, we use the minimum amount of sulphur to keep wines safe from spoilage.
We Welcome you to
Explore the ways you can visit Skillogalee. From our award-winning restaurant, to the historic cellar door, to picking up a picnic basket and enjoying a moment on the estate. We welcome you to visit Skillogalee.