Shirvington started in 1996 when the family purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga (now known as White’s Valley), South Australia. Willunga is just south of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area internationally renowned for its red wines. In the winter of 1996 work began on the development of the first vineyard, Redwind, where we planted Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (since replaced with Mataro) vines. Their aim was to grow grapes to produce super-premium, honest wines with full fruit flavour, and to build a strong and thriving Australian brand, respected as a leader in quality, consistency and value to the consumer. They have since established vineyards in other parts of McLaren Vale, with additional Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache vines. Only the best Redwind Vineyard grapes are pressed for the wines, the excess fruit is sold to other quality winemakers. Sustainable farming practices are used in their vineyards. Each vintage is closely monitored right through to the hand selection of the fruit before harvest. The quality of fruit is such that their first commercial release, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded Wine of the Year (The Bushing Trophy) at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. Subsequent vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz have gone on to further accolades nationally and internationally.