What: Amazing quality wines we’re crazy about, and a stunning cellar door in the Adelaide Hills which also doubles as a permanent art gallery. 72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside SA
Why: Because wine really is art – we’re always saying that! So it’s about time someone brought the two together.
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Occasionally you come across a wine brand where there’s nothing you don’t love. That’s how we feel about ArtWine. Whenever we’ve tried their wines, whether it be new vintage releases or brand new varieties, there’s never been anything we haven’t absolutely adored.
Judy and Glen Kelly are the smart duo behind ArtWine, which they began in 2010.
From their stunning Coco Sparkling (which has quickly become one of our all time Australian bubbly favourites) to their fun and fabulous Feral Farmer (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) ArtWine are pumping out delicious and high quality wines at very attractive price points from their vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley.
With more than 80 trophies and medals achieved in just their first five years, it seems others agree with us about just how fabulous their wines really are. Even Monsieur Eyebrows (Halliday) gave them the following results in the 2015 Wine Companion:
- Fiano 2013 92 Points
- Feral Farmer 2012 (Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend) 92 Points
- Riesling 2013 93 Points & ‘Special Value’
- Polka Dot Temptress Rose 2013 92 Points & ‘Special Value’
- Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 93 Points
- Pinot Grigio 2013 92 Points & ‘Special Value’ (still awaiting release)
‘Special Value’ are wines that he gives a special red star rating to indicate Special Value – “Wines considered to offer special value for money” and are rated between 87-97 Points.
ArtWine currently produce 11 wines, and grow 14 different varieties, and are fortunate to have amongst their vineyards some very special 100 year old Grenache vines. They’ll be releasing their first old vine Grenache from these soon called ‘Grumpy Old Man’ Reserve Grenache 2012. (Dontcha love it!)
The ArtWine cellar door is absolutely stunning and if you’re heading to the Adelaide Hills region it should definitely be at the top of your must-visit list.
Not only is it a beautiful space in which you can sample the full range of ArtWines but you can also enjoy a cheese platter and spend some time taking in the art works on display. The cellar door doubles as a permanent art gallery for artist-in-residence Jen Prior.