Collection: Sevenhill Cellars
WHO IS SEVENHILL CELLARS?
Boasting the envious titles of the first winery in the Clare Valley and one of the oldest wineries in Australia, Sevenhill Cellars is an iconic part of the area’s history (and a delicious one, too!). It sits on a stunning 90 hectares, with the surrounding vineyard supplying fruit for a range of handcrafted varietals including shiraz, grenache, merlot, riesling, pinot gris and cabernet sauvignon. You don’t have to choose… you can have them all!
A visit to this site of historical significance is an experience in itself. You can stroll through the stately gardens, share a picnic on the lawns or retrace the steps of famous visitors including Australia’s first declared saint, Mary MacKillop, with a visit to St Aloysius’ Church.
The first grapevines were planted on the site back in 1851, and the first wines produced just five years later. And since then, the Sevenhills team has never looked back! Today, the estate-grown fruit is treated to modern winemaking skills and the old stone winery and cellar door remain committed to producing the authentic styles and flavours of the Clare Valley in every single glass.
The Halliday-awarded winery and Gourmet Traveller-awarded cellar door embarked on a new chapter in 2019 with the appointment of expert winemaker, Will Shields. Will has more than 25 years of experience and embraces a winemaking philosophy focused on allowing the fruit to express itself without too much intervention.
A SPIRITUAL PAST
The Sevenhill story began when two young Jesuit priests embarked on an expedition to Australia in the mid-1800s, landing in Adelaide in 1848. One of the priests, Father Kranewitter, soon headed north with a group of migrants and settled in the gorgeous Clare Valley. The priest bought 100 acres of land and named the property Sevenhill in honour of the seven hills of Rome.
The group built basic accommodation and planted gardens, orchards and grapevines. Just five years after their planting in 1851, the fruit was transformed into the first sacramental wines of Sevenhill, which went on to win first prize at the Auburn Agricultural Exhibition in 1858. The winery has since added a premium range of table wines to its offering and is now the only remaining Jesuit-owned winery in Australia.
Sevenhill is considered to be the birthplace of the Jesuits in Australia and remains a site of spiritual and historical significance today. Visitors are welcome to head on a self-guided walking tour of the underground cellar, old-vine vineyards, St Ignatius of Loyola Shrine and the Gothic-Revival-era St Aloysius’ Church built from local stone.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Oldest winery in South Australia’s Clare Valley
- Estate-grown, handcrafted wines
- Sites of historical and spiritual significance
- Wine tasting flights available at the cellar door
- Fortified and Chocolate Experience
- Wine clubs
- Grazing plates of locally produced food products available
- Self-guided tours
ABOUT THE CLARE VALLEY
If you head roughly 130km north of Adelaide, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the rolling green hills and fertile vineyards of the Clare Valley. Known for its riesling, cab sauv and shiraz, the region’s signature wine offerings reflect its agreeable climate and topography.
Of course with great wine comes great food, and you’ll be treated to an abundance of both in the Clare Valley. Enjoy meeting local growers and food producers, and sampling their offerings at the many farmhouse restaurants, wineries and gourmet pubs in the area.
The region’s fascinating history means visitors are also treated to scenic landmarks and heritage buildings, as well as many stunning country drives past heritage gardens and significant lookouts. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring one of the richest megafauna sites in Australia at the Red Banks Conservation Park, where you can walk the path of the diprotodons, who inhabited the area until around 65,000 years ago.
SA Liquor Licence: 59800248