Louise Hemsley-Smith – Battle of Bosworth & Spring Seed Wines

Louise Hemsley-Smith is the Co-owner and Manager of Battle of Bosworth & Spring Seed Wines. Both labels are produced from her organically grown vineyards in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia (and we’re all big fans of them here!).

Louise hails from the UK, and arrived in Australia in 1997 to work on her cousin’s vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, but found the bracing morning temperatures during grape picking a bit too reminiscent of home, so moved down to McLaren Vale. When she’s not criss-crossing the country (and the world) promoting her wines, she lives in a beautiful old stone house amongst the vines with her two young daughters and partner Joch Bosworth.

Here’s her fabulous story!

When did you first enter the wine industry & why?

I came over to Australia in 1997 when my cousin planted vines in the Adelaide Hills, where I did a full year of picking, pruning, planting and training. I was on an occupations trainee visa at the time, which meant I was obliged to study. So I completed the Wine Course run by Jim Smith at Adelaide TAFE, and loved it so much I went on and did a Diploma, then a Masters in Marketing at the University of South Australia. At the same time I was working at the cellar door at Tatachilla, before becoming a marketing assistant at d’Arenberg.

What does your current role involve?

Sales, marketing of our brands, social media, export and administration, cellar door work – lots of stuff!!

From where/what regions do you source your grapes?

We source our grapes exclusively from our McLaren Vale vineyards, which are organically grown and certified.

What’s the philosophy behind Spring Seed Wine Co. wines?

Making great wines which taste of where they come from, but with minimal oak. Fresh and joyful and organically grown and made

From the range of wines you produce, what are your personal favourites?

Depends on the time of day – For brunch I love the Moscato with some scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. The Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc / Semillion are a great aperitif when making dinner. Shiraz with a steak. I like the Chardonnay with a creamy pasta. There’s a time and a place for everything!

What’s your all-time favourite food & wine match?

I’ve got young-ish kids. Every wine goes with everything at the moment!

If you had to describe yourself as a wine it would be….

A nice Chardonnay with crisp acidity, a little bit of stone fruit on the nose – and just a little bit austere

Favourite way to while away a Sunday afternoon?

I work cellar door on a Sunday afternoon!

Flats or heels?

At the moment, as I recuperate from a double fractured ankle (which I did playing netball), definitely flats and an ankle brace. Just moved out of the full-leg moon boot.

If there was one thing you wish you could tell the sisterhood of wine lovers out there, what would it be?

Try every wine style that you can.

You can meet Louise in person and try the wines from her Spring Seed Wine Company label at our fabulous Women, Wine & Shoes events in Melbourne on 18th April and Brisbane on 23rd April. For more information about these exciting events, and to purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE.