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Pikes

The Pikes story began when Henry Pike emigrated from Dorset to South Australia in 1878 and established a family brewing business, Pikes Dorset Brewery in the Adelaide Hills. Many years later his great-grandson Edgar followed in his footsteps, setting up a wine business, which in 1984 became Pikes Wines, with Edgar’s sons Neil (winemaker) and Andrew (viticulturist) at the helm. Situated in the verdant Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley, the estate is renowned for its Clare Valley Riesling with the iconic Pike fish label.

In 1996, Pikes beer was reintroduced to the market and continues to be a small, but increasingly important part of the Pike family business.

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Current Wines

Colour: Deep red. Aroma: Ripe blueberry and black cherry fruit with dark chocolate/mocha and some b...
Colour: Bright, pale green straw tints. Aroma: Absolutely fresh aromas of stone and tropical frui...
Colour: Medium density, bright red. Aroma: Typically dark cherry/blueberry fruit and just a hint of...
Colour: Brilliant, pale green. Aroma: Wet, black slate with a large squeeze of lemon and lime. Pa...
Colour: Deep red, purple tints Aroma: Attractive aromas of ripe black and red fruits including, plu...
Appearance: Deep red. Aroma: Attractive aromas of crushed violets, black cherries and dark chocolat...
Brilliant pale green colour Aroma: Spotlessly clean and quite expressive, displaying citrus florals...
Colour: Pale green Aroma: Fresh, zesty aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of floral perfum...

Archive Wines

Again this is absolutely typical of this noble Tuscan variety. Medium weight cherry fruit, bright ac...
Colour: Bright, pale green. Aroma: Absolutely fresh aromas of stonefruit, citrus and mineral. Qui...
Colour: Deep red, purple tints Aroma: Attractive aromas of ripe black and red fruits including, plu...
Colour: Deep red, purple tints Aroma: Ripe blueberries and plums are the main drivers here with h...
Colour: Brilliant pale green colour. Aroma: Cle...
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Pale lemon with high floral notes, citrus and pineapple on the nose. Minerally palate with approacha...
Colour: Medium to pale green colour. Aroma: Fresh and zesty aromas of citrus, tropicals and stonefr...
Colour: pale green colour Aroma: Fresh, zesty aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of musk...
Pikes

The Pikes story began when Henry Pike emigrated from Dorset to South Australia in 1878 and established a family brewing business, Pikes Dorset Brewery in the Adelaide Hills. Many years later his great-grandson Edgar followed in his footsteps, setting up a wine business, which in 1984 became Pikes Wines, with Edgar’s sons Neil (winemaker) and Andrew (viticulturist) at the helm. Situated in the verdant Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley, the estate is renowned for its Clare Valley Riesling with the iconic Pike fish label.

In 1996, Pikes beer was reintroduced to the market and continues to be a small, but increasingly important part of the Pike family business.

Current Wines

Colour: Deep red. Aroma: Ripe blueberry and black cherry fruit with dark chocolate/mocha and some b...
Colour: Bright, pale green straw tints. Aroma: Absolutely fresh aromas of stone and tropical frui...
Colour: Medium density, bright red. Aroma: Typically dark cherry/blueberry fruit and just a hint of...
Colour: Brilliant, pale green. Aroma: Wet, black slate with a large squeeze of lemon and lime. Pa...
Colour: Deep red, purple tints Aroma: Attractive aromas of ripe black and red fruits including, plu...
Appearance: Deep red. Aroma: Attractive aromas of crushed violets, black cherries and dark chocolat...
Brilliant pale green colour Aroma: Spotlessly clean and quite expressive, displaying citrus florals...
Colour: Pale green Aroma: Fresh, zesty aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of floral perfum...

Archive Wines

Again this is absolutely typical of this noble Tuscan variety. Medium weight cherry fruit, bright ac...
Colour: Bright, pale green. Aroma: Absolutely fresh aromas of stonefruit, citrus and mineral. Qui...
Colour: Deep red, purple tints Aroma: Attractive aromas of ripe black and red fruits including, plu...
Colour: Deep red, purple tints Aroma: Ripe blueberries and plums are the main drivers here with h...
Colour: Brilliant pale green colour. Aroma: Cle...
Pale lemon with high floral notes, citrus and pineapple on the nose. Minerally palate with approacha...
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Colour: pale green colour Aroma: Fresh, zesty aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of musk...
Colour: Medium to pale green colour. Aroma: Fresh and zesty aromas of citrus, tropicals and stonefr...
The winery is situated at Polish Hill River in the Clare Valley.
Englishman Henry Pike immigrated to South Australia in 1878 aboard the HMS Oakland. He settled in the small town of Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills and in 1886 established the family brewing business called H. Pike & Co. This name became well known throughout South Australia for its quality beer, soft drink and tonic ale, and the company used the English Pike fish on the label, which remains to this day - a symbol of Pikes' long heritage.

The sale of H. Pike & Co. in 1972 did not end the family tradition. Henry Pike's great grandson Edgar was well established in the wine industry as a private vigneron and as a vineyard manager for a large proprietary wine company. His sons, Andrew and Neil, have both followed in their father's footsteps. Since graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College both have become proficient in their separate fields within the wine industry - Andrew in viticulture and management, and Neil in winemaking and marketing. Together they established Pikes in 1984.

Nature Friendly

We have a tree planting project which has been in place for a number of years. We see this as a way of neutralising and/or reducing our carbon footprint. We have planted eucalyptus, swamp oaks and acacia's.



Organic / Biodynamic

We use organic fertilisers in the vineyard, and grow cover crops for 'green manure' in between the vine rows each year. We use copper and sulphur sprays (both organic) as preventative measures to control mildews.



Water Conservation policies

A dedication to responsible wastewater management beginning more than a decade ago has seen a Clare Valley winery receive full Environmental Protection Agency accreditation this year.

Pikes Wines in Sevenhill received the full EPA accreditation licence for its wastewater recycling system on 30 June. meaning that while the winery still undertakes routine monitoring with SA Water. it is trusted to irrigate using treated wastewater without periodic check-ups by the agency.

Lack of water has been a major issue at our winery for a number of years. We save as much rain water as possible, which is never enough. We have set up at great expense a winery waste water recycling plant. The recycled water is put back into the vineyard. We use a significant amount of cereal straw mulch in our vineyards to minimize the amount of water we require.

"We're trying to minimise our environmental footprint in all things we do".

 

 



Recycling of dry goods

We use quite a lot of recycled packaging, including cartons and bottles that use recycled glass. We also recycle all of our bottles and cartons that we use at cellar door.



Actions to neutralise carbon footprint

We have insulation for our sheds and tanks which greatly reduces our energy use. Tree planting...see 'Nature conservation' above!