Next door to Wendouree’s most famous, eponymous estate, the Adelina vineyards are situated in Spring Farm Valley, just south of the township of Clare. Established around 1910 they feature mostly Shiraz and Grenache with small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Some fruit is also sourced from vineyards in the Adelaide Hills.
The Gardner family has owned the Spring Farm Estate, which is the site of both the Adelina winery and vineyards, since 1986. Prior to the inception of Adelina Wines in 2000, the property was managed by Will and Elaine Gardner, and the fruit was sold to Tim Adams. In 2002, Col McBryde and Jen Gardner, Will and Elaine’s daughter, took over responsibility for the vineyards and launched Adelina wines which are made exclusively from the Estate vineyards. The pair has been involved in winemaking and research since the mid-90s.
Traditional methods are used both in the vineyard and in the very modest winery. Grapes are hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. A wide variety of fermentation vessels are utilised (from steel to concrete, to new and old woods). Wild ferments and juice left on its lees for extended periods builds unique, refreshing and textural wines.