OUR DREAM AND OUR PASSION FOR WINE
With a passion for nature and the environment and a love of great wine it seemed a natural choice to restore and protect the remnant bushland on their property and turn the vacant paddock into a boutique Adelaide Hills vineyard to produce premium cool climate grapes and handcrafted wines.
With a lot of hard work and help from family and friends this dream became a reality. Our Adelaide Hills vineyard produces premium quality low yielding Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes from our hand tended vines.
Our wine displays intense fruit flavours and aromas characteristic of the very best cool climate wine produced in the Adelaide Hills.
Our property at Sinclair’s Gully is nestled high in Norton Summit in one of the most picturesque parts of the Adelaide Hills.
In addition to our vineyard, we have a significant stand of endangered native vegetation on our property. We are passionate about restoring and protecting our patch of bushland and its associated biodiversity through ongoing weed eradication, revegetation and feral animal control programs.
Sue and Sean are passionate about their patch. When you visit Sinclair’s Gully you will be offered an insight to the importance of the endangered candlebark ecosystem occurring on our property, showing visitors the bush care work we have completed over the past 20 years.
Discussions with Sue and Sean on the biodynamic practices in the vineyard and the sustainable land and business practices provides an out of the ordinary cellar door experience.
Wandering through 150 species of native plants and 66 species of birds on a guided wine and wildflower walk in our sanctuary during spring, watching the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk at a summer twilight tasting, or just sitting back on the deck with a glass of wine and a platter offers visitors a very personal and unique Australian wine and ecotourism experience.
Part proceeds of the profits made from the sale of our cool climate Adelaide Hills wine are re-invested in the protection and restoration of our bushland, ensuring it will continue to be enjoyed well into the future.
AUSTRALIAN AWARDS AND HALL OF FAME
We are absolutely thrilled that our family business has received the following accolades at a state and national level for our dedication to landcare, sustainable tourism and our handcrafted organic wine and vineyard.
2012 INDUCTED INTO STATE TOURISM HALL OF FAME FOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
2012 & 2011 AUSTRALIAN TOURISM AWARDS SILVER MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
2011 INDUCTED INTO ADVANTAGESA HALL OF FAME
2012, 2011, 2010 & 2008 WINNER, 2013 & 2009 GOLD SA QANTAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
2012, 2009 & 2008 WINNER, 2010 2011 & 2013 SILVER, STATE ECOTOURISM
2013, 2012 & 2010 GOLD, 2009 WINNER, 2011 SILVER, STATE TOURISM WINERIES, DISTILLERIES & BOUTIQUE BREWERIES
2011 & 2010 WINNER ADVANTAGESA SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
2010 SA/NT COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS – CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
2008 SA GREAT ADELAIDE REGIONAL AWARD – TOURISM WINERY
2010 National Landcare People’s Choice Award and Primary Producer Finalist
2009 South Australian Landcare Primary Producer Award
2009 South Australian Individual Landcare Award – Finalist
2008 Telstra State Environment Award – April 2008
2007 Adelaide and Mt Lofty NRM Rural Landholder Award – For the Protection of a Threatened Ecosystem
2007/08 SA Landcare Awards – 3rd Place for Nature Conservation
2007 Australian Civic Trust Award for the conservation of our endangered bushland
2007 Australian Civic Trust Peoples Choice Award for the conservation of our endangered bushland
WINE SHOW AWARDS AND WINE REVIEWS
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
2012 HALLIDAY RATED OUR ’08 SPARKLING RUBIDA IN HIS TOP 40 AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING WINES
Sinclair’s Gully ’08 Sparkling ‘Rubida’ late disgorged 94 points (2012 & 2013edn)
Sinclair’s Gully ’09 ‘Kyle’ Sparkling Shiraz late disgorged 92 points (2013edn)
Sinclair’s Gully ’09 ‘Talia’ Sparkling Chardonnay late disgorged 91 points (2013edn)
Sinclair’s Gully ’10 Sparkling ‘Rubida’ late disgorged 91 points (2013edn)
Sinclair’s Gully ’08 Wooded Chardonnay 93 points (2012 edn)
Sinclair’s Gully ’10 Unwooded Chardonnay 90 points (2012 edn)