Coonawarra – in the cool south-east corner of South Australia – is recognised and admired worldwide as a leading area for the production of premium quality wines. Ian Hollick recognised its potential with his first purchase of prime terra rossa land in 1974; now with over 200 acres the property comprises 3 core vineyards: the original Neilson’s Block, Wilgha vineyard and more recently Red Ridge in Wrattonbully. Driven by quality and a hands-on approach, the wines offer exemplary fruit, great balance and consistency of style.
From the early days in winning the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy for the Best One Year Old Red Wine, Hollick continues to garner awards. To quote only the more recent:
• for their wines: named in Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2011; quoted in James Halliday with plus 90 points; awarded Silver Medals in Decanter World Wine Awards
• for their restaurant: Best Restaurant in a Winery in the 2011 Restaurant & Catering Awards; Head Chef nominated for Country Chef of the Year Awards 2011
• for their people: winner of the Best Business Award in the Influential Women in Business Awards 2010.